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The Tempest

Starts 1/11/15

Airs: Sunday 9:00PM-10:00PM

Repeats: Monday 1:00PM-2:00PM

reason

The Tempest is a samurai drama set in the 19th Century during the reign of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Women were not allowed formal education, but Mazuru is a young woman with a desire to complete her studies despite gender restrictions. When her step-brother goes missing, Mazuru disguises herself as a Eunuch in order to fulfil her dreams of education, and ends up passing the exam to become a royal government official. In this drama, Yukie Nakama plays the roles of both the female and male characters.

Second Movement

Starts 1/19/15

Airs: Monday 9:00PM-10:00PM

Repeats: Tuesday 1:00PM-2:00PM

reason

Second Movement is a drama involving two women who are violinists in an orchestra. One of them, Natsumi, gets pregnant and gives up the violin, and marries a cellist in the orchestra. The other woman, Mari, rises in popularity and soon becomes a solo violinist. The two women meet again by chance 17 years later. As they reconnect and share what’s happened in their lives, both find themselves envying the other’s path in life.

Legacy

Starts 1/25/15

Airs: Sunday 5:00PM-6:00PM

Repeats: No repeat

reason

CEO of The Legacy Corporation dies leaving three daughters behind. They bicker and argue over their father's wealth and leadership of the Legacy Corporation. With each daughter claiming to be the rightful heir, only one can be chosen; only one will be recognized as Legacy Corporation's undisputed leader.

54th NHK Taiga Drama "Hanamoyu"

Starts 2/10/15

Airs: Tuesday 8:00PM-9:00PM*

Repeats: Wed 12-1pm, Sun 7-8pm

reason

54th NHK Taiga Drama! Info coming soon!

*1st episode on 2/10/15 airs 8-9:30pm

 

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The 64th Annual Red and White

Song Contest

Thursday 1/1/15

Airs: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/2/15 11am-4pm

reason

Kōhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦), more commonly known simply as Kōhaku, is an annual music show produced by Japanese broadcaster NHK. The "Red and White Song Contest” is a program that divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The "red" team is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the "white" team is all male (or groups with male vocals). The honor of performing on Kōhaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop and enka singers will perform. A performance on Kōhaku is said to be the highlight of a singer's career because of the show's large reach and status. Kohaku airs in Japan on New Year’s Eve, with the announcement of the winning team taking place at midnight. In Hawaii, Kohaku has become a television viewing tradition on New Year’s night, and 2015 marks the 65th year since the program’s inception.

Paper Moon (5 episodes)

 

F 1/2, Sat 1/3, M 1/5, T 1/6, W 1/7

Airs: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Repeats: No repeat

reason

A five part drama about a woman who goes from trusted bank officer to a woman on the run. Rika Umezawa works at a bank, where she assists the bank’s customers with their transactions. She is especially sensitive to the needs of the bank’s elderly customers, and builds a strong level of trust with her clients. One of her customers is Kozo Hirabayashi, a wealthy property owner, who becomes infatuated with Rika. After two years, Rika is now on the run, having left Japan with 100 million yen. Does Kozo Hirabayashi have anything to do with the money? Is Rika a thief or is she safeguarding the money for someone?

Stork’s Nest

 

Friday 1/2/15

Airs: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: No repeat

reason

Single mothers or parents unable to raise their children face the stigma of dishonor and shame from society. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Japan. But what option is there if they are unable to raise their child? The caring directors of a hospital in Kumamoto City decided to do something about it. In 2007, they converted part of the hospital facility to accommodate people who wanted to anonymously deposit unwanted babies. Response was overwhelming and soon mothers from across the country were coming to deposit babies at the cradle. This drama tells the story of the creation of “Stork’s Cradle” and depicts the lives of some of the mothers who came to use the cradle.

Big Family in a Small Village

Saturday 1/3/15

Airs: 8:00p,-10:00pm

Repeats: No repeat

reason

In a tiny little mountain village located in the Miyoshi district of Tokushima prefecture on Shikoku island lives a family of 14 people: mother, father, three sons, eight daughters, and a grandmother. The scenery is beautiful: blue skies, green forests, and clear streams filled with fish. Nature provides fertile soil for growing vegetables, and there isn’t a more idyllic spot to live. See how the Big Family survives in their little village, growing their own food, living in their isolated little village, away from the hustle and bustle of modern Japan.

Letter to Mom in Heaven

Sunday 1/4/15

Airs: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/5/15 12-2pm

reason

A bittersweet story about a family trying to heal itself after the death of the wife and mother. Haruki Mizunuma is a workaholic who focused all his energy on his career, leaving the raising of his young son to his wife, Kyoko. But after Kyoko passes away, Haruki is faced with raising his son, who becomes despondent and loses the will to live. Haruki and Ren visit Kyoko’s hometown to visit her father after the one year anniversary of her death. But Haruki has another motive for the visit. He is searching for the meaning behind the “tree of happiness” Kyoko wrote about in her diary.

Doctors Special

Monday 1/5/15

Airs: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/6/15 12-2pm

reason

A two hour special based on the popular Doctors series about Kousuke Sagara, a highly skilled surgeon working at a corrupt hospital. There is a kind side to Kousuke that is evident in his dealings with his patients, but behind his skill and kindness lies a mysterious dark side.

Gourmet Japan

Tuesday 1/6/15

Airs: 9:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/7/15 1-2pm

reason

Back to back half hours highlighting the delicious food of Japan. The first episode features cultured salmon in Tottori. The second episode features bonito cuisine in Kagoshima.

Omiya-san Special

Wednesday 1/7/15

Airs: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/8/15 12-2pm

reason

Popular detective Omiya-san is back. Using his experience, his powers of intuition and reasoning, and memory of past crimes, he goes to work to unravel a mysterious new crime.

Shinzanmono Special

Thursday 1/8/15

Airs: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Repeats: 1/9/15 12-2:30pm

reason

A man unrelated to the famous Takayanagi Ballet Company is found dead in the company’s office. How did he get there? What was he doing there? What are the ballerinas hiding? Detective Kyochiro Kaga is back in this special Shinzanmono special.

 

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