Please join us for a week of special programs to celebrate the New Year. Each night from January 1-7, KIKU will air specials ranging from mysteries to the mysterious, beloved favorites to soon-to-become new favorites, and dramas featuring well-known, as well as unlikely stars.

One program you will not see is the Red and White Song Contest (Kohaku Utagassen). The pandemic altered the format of the song contest, eliminating a live audience. With a lack of details about the new format and participants, we made the heartbreaking and tough decision to forego the program in 2021.

In the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the year of the ox. The ox is known for facing difficulties fearlessly and for its traits of endurance and determination. No matter what year you were born, these are qualities we could all benefit from in 2021.

Happy New Year to all of you and please stay healthy and safe.

For more information about the special programs, please click here.

Bookmark the permalink.

25 Responses to 2021 New Year’s Programs

  1. Jerry O. says:

    Sad to read that the prominent screenwriter Hashida Sugako recently passed away at the age of 95. She brought pleasure to many with shows like Oshin and Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari( The Making It Through Series). Thank you and may you rest in peace.

  2. Lee Ann says:

    We would really love to see more shows like Kuru Kuru (Tabi Pura) that feature Japanese celebrities/food/travel. So fun to watch! While Soko Ga is a travel/food type show, we especially enjoy watching fun spirited shows rather than serious travel/food type shows like Soko Ga. We also REALLY miss Cocorico and Dotchi!

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      We are always on the lookout for shows like Tabi Pura that feature food and travel, but it is getting harder to find recently-produced shows. We’ll keep looking!

  3. Seiji says:

    Where do I post a question/comment on your current running programs? Your menu selection are too numerous and cumbersome. I have attempted to get information on “Kirin ga Kuru” but I have not seen my posting. I’d appreciate some feedback. Thank You!

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      I posted a response to your question about Kirin ga Kuru earlier. Here it is again:
      We wondered about that translation, too, when we first heard the title. But I think in this context, Kirin refers to a mythical creature said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It’s similar to the creature that appears in Kirin beer labels.

  4. Seiji says:

    Watching current run of “Kirin ga Kuru”. What is the correlation of “KIRIN” to the story line? Doesn’t Kirin mean giraffe in Japanese? Haven’t seen any comments on this question. Posted: 2/16/2021.

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      We wondered about that translation, too, when we first heard the title. But I think in this context, Kirin refers to a mythical creature said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It’s similar to the creature that appears in Kirin beer labels.

  5. fred fujimoto says:

    switch was of interest but difficult to follow story line.. where can I find more detail comments. I will watch replay

  6. Mits Funai says:

    Thank you for another episode of Izakaya Moheiji. Enjoy Mizutani Yutaka’s acting versatility. Japanese romantic comedies can be a bit melancholy, but heartwarming nonetheless. I know Mizutani has a good voice. Hopefully he’ll sing again like he did in episode 4. Looking forward to the episode number 5!

  7. Milt Yamamoto says:

    DOMO ARIGATO!!! 1) Onmyouji was really good. 2) Abarembo Shogun is always good. 3) Onihei Hankacho was also really good. And presently, 4) Kirin Ga Kuru is awesome. Good stories with good acting. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHOWING THESE!!! My WHOLE family (and 4 friends and neighbors) feel the same way. Keep it up!!!

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      Thank you for your positive and encouraging comments. It has been a difficult time for many businesses, not just in Hawaii, but the world. KIKU-TV is no different from other businesses suffering hardship. That makes your comments even more appreciated.


  8. Milt Yamamoto says:

    Onmyoji WAS GREAT!!! So many modern day programs, it’s GREAT to see samurai movies!!! The family REALLY ENJOYED it!!! PLEASE SHOW MORE!!!

  9. Laurie says:

    Watched “The Last Promise” last night. It was very suspenseful show. Thank you for airing it.

  10. John says:

    So disappointed!!! that you’ve dropped the Red and White Song Contest (Kohaku Utagassen). Our favorite of the New Years programming for years.

  11. Kathy Watanabe says:

    So disappointed that I won’t be able to watch Kouhaku Uta Gassen this year. It’s been my yearly routine for almost 50 years. I totally understand the decision that was made though and hopefully it will be back next year. Thank goodness I decided to live stream Arashi’s last “live” concert which was the same time as Kouhaku in Japan. Happy New Year. Let’s hope that 2021 will be much much better.

  12. Pam says:

    Will we be getting the new Taiga Drama, “Seiten wo Tsuke?”

  13. Pam says:

    Disappointing as it is to hear that we won’t see Kohaku this year, I guess it’s the right choice at this time. Let’s all get through this new year!

  14. Anne says:

    Didn’t you used to show a “Making It Through” special around new year’s? I’ve watched that show for years, since living in Tokyo 20 years ago.

  15. Kevin S Hakoda says:

    Will you be airing a delayed recording of Kohaku? Our family loves this program and have watched it annually. Our daughter looks forward to this family bonding every year. Mahalo!

  16. Flopsy says:

    Hi, Is Partners coming back soon? That’s my favorite show! Thank you.

  17. E J says:

    I am so very sad that KIKU will not be airing the Kohaku Utagassen this week. I look forward to this program every year since childhood. It’s beeb a tradition to watch this on New Year Day while snacking through the entire program.

    Understanding it’s a most unusual year and KIKU isn’t picking up the program, please air it the following year on January 1, 2022. The year doesn’t start until the Kohaku is done!

  18. Ruka says:

    What does not having a live audience have to do with not showing the Red & White song contest?

  19. Mocha says:


    I was really looking forward to watching kohaku this year. With families and relatives not being able to be together, this would’ve been the perfect entertainment to relieve stress from Covid-19. Is there any way that you can gain contract with NHK for this show? I’m sure viewers would appreciate seeing how they’re handing the pandemic in Japanese entertainment world as well.

    Thank you so much!

Leave a Comment!