New On KIKU
|Let It Be
Airs: Sunday 9:00PM-10:00PM
Repeats: Mon 1-2PM & 8-9PM
A drama about a middle-aged couple that is about to experience the empty nest syndrome.
Daigo Nagashima and his wife Aya have three grown sons. After their youngest son’s marriage, Daigo reflects on the fact that all three sons and their wives chose to move out and live on their own. Worried that his wife will be lonely, he decides to retire from his job and take his wife on a trip around the world.
But Aya has plans of her own. She can finally be her own woman and do whatever she wants! And what she wants is to open a little café in their home. Although initially against the idea, after realizing how important it is to Aya, Daigo relents and agrees.
As they begin preparations, through unusual circumstances, they hire three mismatches as their new staff. After leaving the upbringing of his three sons to his wife, Daigo slowly begins to learn the meaning of the word family with his new staff.
Airs: Sunday 8:00PM-9:00PM
Repeats: Monday 12:00PM-1:00PM
Otome-san is a term for mother-in-law. Asako Mizusawa lived with constant nagging and criticism from her mother-in-law until the older woman’s death two years ago. Just when Asako can begin to relax and enjoy being the mistress of the house, her only son informs her he plans to marry a girl named Ririka.
Although Asako and her husband are against the marriage, they agree on the condition that the newlyweds move in with them. The young couple agree.
Remembering her life with her mother-in-law, Asako is determined to be different.
At first, Asako and Ririka hit it off fabulously and Ririka seems like the perfect daughter-in-law. But soon, strange things begin happening in their neighborhood, and Asako begins to distrust Ririka more and more.
|Hidamari no Ki
Airs: Tuesday 9:00PM-10:00PM
Repeats: Wednesday 1:00PM-2:00PM
It is 1855, the year following the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United States and Japan. A 26-year-old samurai, Manjiro Ibuya, has succeeded his father and tries to make a name for himself by training more seriously than everyone else. His efforts irritate the other samurai.
One day, Manjiro encounters trouble with a fellow pupil. Manjiro sustains a severe gash on his hand, which is stitched up perfectly by Ryoan Tezuka, a doctor of western medicine.
Although Manjiro is grateful for the excellent job Ryoan did, he is also irritated with him because he knows Ryoan is interested in a woman he secretly loves.
Yet when Ryoan is attacked by a samurai, Manjiro quickly rises to his defense and cuts the samurai down, only to learn he is the same person who earlier cut his hand.
|Strategist Kanbe (2014 Taiga Drama)
Airs: Tuesday 8:00PM-9:00PM
Repeats: Wed 12-1 & Sun 7-8
The 2014 Taiga drama is Strategist Kanbe, about the life story of Yoshitaka Kuroda, otherwise known as Kanbei Kuroda, who was the chief strategist for Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Yoshitaka was born on December 22, 1546, and was a daimyo (lord) during the late Sengoku through early Edo periods. (The Sengoku period is often referred to as the warring period and was a time of great social, political and military upheaval.) Kanbe was known as a brilliant military strategist and faithful to Toyotomi.
Tuesday 3/11/14, 12:00-12:30pm
Japanese culinary art competition featuring chefs from around the world competing in the art of Japanese cooking.
|Making it Through (New Special)
Pt. 1A 2/16 8-9pm, Repeat 2/17 12-1pm
Pt. 1B 2/23 8-9pm, Repeat 2/24 12-1pm
Pt. 2A 3/2 8-9pm, Repeat 3/3 12-1pm
Pt. 2B 3/9 8-9pm, Repeat 3/10 12-1pm
For 20 years, viewers in Hawaii tuned in to Making It Through every Sunday to catch the latest happenings with the Okakura family. Over the 20 year history of the show, we watched characters literally grow before our eyes as Daikichi and his five grown daughters tackled tough subjects such as cancer, death, sibling rivalry, bullying, and other life experiences.
The Making It Through series ended in 2013, but due to high fan demand, the producers have created special episodes chronicling the lives of the series characters following the end of the series. This four-night, four hour special is the latest, newest Making It Through special.