Taiga Drama

The final episode of the 2020 Taiga drama Kirin ga Kuru airs this week.

Unfortunately, KIKU will not be airing a Taiga drama in 2021 because NHK recently informed us they would not be licensing this show outside Japan at this time.

The last time this happened was two years ago when the Taiga drama contained Olympics footage we were prohibited from airing in the U.S. We aired Oshin in its place and many of you shared with us how much you enjoyed seeing Oshin again or for the first time.

Because of your positive response to Oshin, we searched for and found another nostalgic drama to share with you. This one is titled Kita no Kuni Kara (From the Northern Country) and is about a family that starts life over in the town of Furano in Hokkaido. It will begin on Tuesday, April 6. We hope you enjoy it!


The General’s Daughter

Today’s episode of The General’s Daughter (#90) is the final episode of the series. When we licensed the program, we were told there would be 92 episodes, but this was an error on the licensor’s part. We apologize for the last minute notification.

2021 New Year’s Programs

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.

Can You Hear Us Now?

Last Friday night at 10pm, we had a power outage while some equipment maintenance was being performed. When power was restored a few hours later, we worked on getting all our signals back up, and by Saturday morning, we confirmed our over-the-air signal was fine, as were the feeds going to Charter and Hawaiian Tel cable systems. (DISH and DirecTV take our over-the-air signal.)

However, later in the day we  learned that DISH and DirecTV subscribers were not getting audio due to a system incompatibility between the audio we feed and the audio they process.

That problem has since been resolved. However, if you are still having audio problems, please send me an email (pkihara@kikutv.com) to let me know. In your email, please let me know how you are receiving KIKU: over the air, by cable (Charter or Hawaiian Tel), or by satellite (DISH or DirecTV). Thank you.

Why we can re-air some programs and can’t re-air others

Many viewers write me with their suggestions to re-air programs we aired in the past. I receive suggestions all the time from people asking us to replay old taiga dramas or Oshin or old samurai dramas. Conversely, I also receive comments asking why we are re-airing programs we recently aired, like Lone Wolf with Cub or Seven Detectives.

I thought it would help to explain why we can re-air some programs and cannot re-air others.

You see, we don’t own the programs we air. We license them from rights holders and each program we license comes with strict terms that govern the dates and number of times we must run the program. This is why we can’t just pull old programs we’ve aired before off the shelf to air again anytime we choose. Once a license expires, we don’t have that option. We would need to re-license the programs and pay a fee all over again. The programs we are re-airing right now fall within our license agreement terms and have to be re-aired.

Still, I love hearing your suggestions about programs you’d like to see. It helps serve as a guide when we are researching new programs to license. Please keep your suggestions coming.

Ja ne, Phyllis

Confusion about Lone Wolf with Cub

KIKU began airing the Lone Wolf with Cub series in 2018. There are three seasons of this program and we just completed airing the third and final season. Once season one was completed, we re-aired it in its entirety before we aired season two. When season two ended, we re-aired it in its entirety before beginning season three. Now that season three has ended, we’ll be re-airing it, too. This has some people confused because the final episode of season three was obviously very final. But we will be re-airing it beginning this Friday night.

Many people were also confused by a comment Retsudo made in the final episode. He called Daigoro his grandson, leaving many people wondering if there was some blood connection between them. But from what we understand, Retsudo was referring to Daigoro as “grandson of my heart” versus a blood relative.

Hope you enjoyed this series and will watch it again. Please share with us who your favorite character was. Will anyone say Abe?

Ja, ne.

KIKU TV Office Closure

Stay at Home order started and KIKU TV decided to close our office until 9/27.
All our employees are working from home and still have access to emails and voicemail messages.

If you need to contact us, please email us at info@kikutv.com.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

And please stay SAFE!!

Be Counted!

For the past several months, announcements about the 2020 Census have been broadcast on KIKU-TV and many other media. These announcements remind us to participate in the 2020 Census, an event that takes place only once every 10 years. It’s important that every person living here is counted because the results determine funding for our communities, our public services, our neighborhoods, and even our representation in Washington D.C.

Last week it was announced that the deadline for gathering census data has been changed to September 30, 2020. This is a full month earlier than the previous deadline and includes counting by phone, on-line- and door-to-door!

If you haven’t already been counted, there is still time to do so. Go to 2020census.gov. You will find instructions in English as well as many other languages. Be counted. It’s important.

Ja ne,


Ba Duan Jin Exercise Video is Available on kikutv.com Now!

Ba Duan Jin Exercise VideoSince COVID-19 Stay Home Order came out, we started airing this short and easy exercise randomly after our shows and dramas.

This exercise was invented in China to keep everyone healthy with easy but effective movements. They are simple, slow movements so people in any age can try.
Even for more advanced athletes and martial artists, with the special breathing technique called, “Reverse Abdominal Breathing,” the benefit of this exercise can be accelerated.

Since the first air, we received many requests from our viewers to provide this exercise video. Unfortunately, we are unable to sell the DVD, but I am happy to announce that it is now available on our website.

Ready? Click the link below!

Let’s Practice Ba Duan Jin!

We Re-Air First 21 Episodes of Kirin Ga Kuru

We are excited to announce that KIKU TV will begin re-airing the first 21 episodes of Kirin Ga Kuru starting Sunday, August 2nd.
NHK has given KIKU permission to re-air these programs as we await new episodes, which were delayed due to Covid-19 shutting down production. A different episode will air each Tuesday night at 8, and Sunday night at 7.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to refresh your memory of this Taiga Drama!

Click here for details of this show.

  • List of Channels

    Over-the-air: 20.1
    Charter Hawaii/Spectrum  9 Oahu and Channel 10 in Big Island, Maui and Kauai Counties and HD 1009 (All Islands)

    Hawaiian Telcom: 20 Digital and HD 1020
    DISH: 20 HD
    DirecTV: 20 HD
    Over-the-air: 20.2

    Over-the-air: 20.3

    Over-the-air: 20.4