2019 New Year’s Specials

January 1st – January 7th, 2019



January 1st, 2019

69th NHK Red and White Song Contest

5:00PM - 10:00PM

Kohaku Uta Gassen, more commonly known simply as Kohaku, is an annual music show on New Year's Eve 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 Kohaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop and enka singers will perform. A performance on Kohaku 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 2019 marks the 69th year since the program’s inception.

Repeat: 1/2/2019 (Wed) 12:00PM-5:00PM


January 2nd, 2019


7:00PM - 9:00PM

It is 1976 in Tokyo and Sokichi Takenaka and his wife Umeko run a small, but successful printing company. When a fire from the restaurant next door spreads to their business, no one is able to find Sokichi to notify him. It turns out Sokichi was not entertaining clients as he had told Umeko, but was actually at the home of Kikuyo, a woman with whom Sokichi began a relationship six years earlier.

Two years later, Sokichi and Umeko have rebuilt their printing company, but money is tight and Sokichi can no longer support Kikuyo and the three children they have together. A fed up Kikuyo forces herself into Sokichi’s home and comes face to face with Umeko for the first time. What happens next?

Repeat: 1/3/2019 (Thu) 12:00PM-2:00PM


January 3rd, 2019

Tantei Monogatarit

7:00PM - 9:00PM

Shuichi Tsujiyama is a former police detective who now gets by investigating trivial cases of cheating partners. On a stakeout one night, he inadvertently takes photos of a university student’s underwear and the student, thinking Shuichi is a pervert, confronts him and damages his camera, thereby cutting off his source of income.

The student turns out to be Naomi Arai, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Knowing how spoiled Naomi can be, a housekeeper in the Arai family’s home apologizes to Shuichi and offers him a position guarding Naomi from her former boyfriend for five days.

The seemingly easy job becomes five days of drama for Shuichi.

Repeats: 1/4/2019 (Fri) 12:00PM-2:00PM


January 4th, 2019

Izakaya Moheji 2

7:00PM - 9:00PM


A small, out-of-the-way izakaya in Tokyo has become the favorite hangout of people searching for nourishment…for their bodies and their souls. The proprietor of Izakaya Moheiji is Heji, played by Yutaka Mizutani, star of KIKU’s popular Partners series. The first Izakaya Moheiji special, which aired in September 2018, received tremendous viewer feedback.

No Repeat


January 5th, 2019

A Tiny School In The Mountains

7:00PM - 8:00PM


A tiny elementary school in the mountains of Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka is closing due to the dwindling number of students in the remote location. The final 18 students decide amongst themselves that each will do something significant before the school closes. Watch how each student fulfills his or her dream in this touching documentary.

No Repeat


January 5th, 2019

In Pursuit Of Tuna

8:00PM - 9:00PM


A TV crew spent a month filming a crew of Japanese fishermen as they ventured to the cold and rough North Atlantic in search of Bluefin tuna, otherwise known as black diamonds.

No Repeat


January 6th, 2019

Making It Through Special

7:00PM - 10:00PM


Over the 20 year history of the Making It Through series, we watched the show’s characters literally grow up in front of us. Daikichi and his five daughters tackled tough subjects such as death, sibling rivalry, bullying, divorce, and other life experiences. In this special, the children of the five sisters are now also facing life’s complex issues. Shin has become a father and must figure out how to maintain a balance between his work and parenting.

Repeats: 1/7/2019 (Mon) 12:00PM-3:00PM


January 7th, 2019

Brother And Sister

7:00PM - 9:00PM


A touching story about the relationship between a protective older brother and his independent younger sister. The entire Akaza family and their contracting business is affected when Inosuke learns that his sister Momoko miscarried a baby. He seems to be more upset that he didn’t even realize she had a boyfriend than the fact that she was pregnant, and his reaction tears the family apart. Can this once-close family be reunited?

Repeats: 1/8/2019 (Tue) 12:00PM-2:00PM


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