|The 64th Annual Red and White |
Repeats: 1/2/15 11am-4pm
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
Repeats: No repeat
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 |
Repeats: No repeat
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
Repeats: No repeat
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
Repeats: 1/5/15 12-2pm
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.
Repeats: 1/6/15 12-2pm
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.
Repeats: 1/7/15 1-2pm
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.
Repeats: 1/8/15 12-2pm
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.
Repeats: 1/9/15 12-2:30pm
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.