We are re-airing a number of special programs this summer. If you missed them the first time, I hope you will catch them this time.
We began a couple of Fridays ago with Sore ga Shiritai. Last night, we aired Yasu. Here is a list of the other specials we will be airing in the coming weeks:
Fri, 8/14 – 9-10pm: Big Family in a Small Village, Part 1
Wed, 8/19 – 8-10pm: The Housekeeper 2
Fri, 8/21 – 9-10pm: Big Family in a Small Village, Part 2
Wed, 8/26 – 8-9:30pm: A Pierrot Praying for the Moon
Wed, 9/2 – 8-10:30pm: Love or Duty: Samurai Rebellion
Wed, 9/9 – 8-10:30pm: Shinzanmono Special
Wed, 9/23 – 8-10pm: The Stork’s Nest
Wed, 9/30 – 8-10pm: Letter to Mom in Heaven
We will also be airing a whole week of new special programs the week of September 14. I’ll share more about these programs with you next time.
I’ve mentioned it before, but here’s a reminder that Partners 11 starts tomorrow night (Thursday, 6/18) at 9pm. The first episode is in two parts, with the second part airing next Thursday, the 25th. This is the 11th in the Partners series! It’s still really popular in Japan, where they are currently airing series #13.
The Japanese word for Partners is Aibou, so if you want to get more information on this show on the internet, use the word “Aibou”.
Don’t forget Sunday is Father’s Day, so get your “My Dad Is Awesome Because…” entries in before midnight tonight!
Somehow over the years, Thursday night became our detective drama night. Not samurai (jidaigeki) detective dramas, but modern detective dramas, like Partners, Omiya-san, Investigator Mariko, and many, many more. Currently, we’re airing Partners 10 at 8pm, and The Interrogator at 9pm.
However, the final episode of Partners 10 aired last night, and the final episode of The Interrogator will air next week (6/11). So, with these two dramas ending, will Thursday night still be detective night?
Next week Thursday (6/11), we premier The Last Policeman at 8pm. This is about a small, elite team of detectives within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Considered the best of the best in their areas of expertise, they were handpicked because of their remarkable skills and are tasked with bringing criminals of heinous crimes into custody alive. But first, they must learn to put their egos aside and work together as a team.
The Japanese title of this drama is Saigo no Keikan.
The following Thursday, 6/18), we premier Partners 11 (Aibou 11) at 9pm! As the title suggests, this is the 11th season in the Partners series, which KIKU began airing in 2007. You’ll want to watch to see if there is a new partner in this series.
I’m sad that Oyaji Samurai ended. It was a great series starring Naoto Takenaka as the “drunken” samurai Akame Kotoji. Even thought Akame-san was small in stature, not very handsome, and loved to drink, his sword-fighting ability and the goodness of his character made him very attractive to beautiful women.
Now that Oyaji Samurai is over, get ready for Toyama no Kinsan! This series will bring back many memories for long-time KIKU viewers. The original series was very popular and ran on KIKU for many years. This new remake stars Ken Matsudaira, who will also bring back memories for KIKU viewers. He was the star of Abarenbo Shogun, another very popular series that ran on KIKU for many years.
Kinsan is a magistrate officer who protects the common people and is tough on criminals. Similar to Abarenbo Shogun, he moves through everyday life incognito, until he discovers crime and confronts the offender. Kinsan’s symbol is a tattoo of flowering sakura on his shoulder. When he lowers his kimono and criminals see his tattoo, they confess and the case is closed!
Toyama no Kinsan begins Tuesday, May 19th at 9pm.
We have a contest starting on Monday with a grand prize being airline tickets for two people from Honolulu to Tokyo on China Airlines!
To enter the contest, you need to watch Kuru Kuru Japan for the next two weeks for clues of 10 Tokyo landmarks. (Kuru Kuru Japan airs Mondays through Fridays from 6:30-7pm on KIKU.)
Each night from May 4th through May 8th and May 11th to May 15th, a different Tokyo location will be shown in Kuru Kuru Japan. Write down all 10 locations plus your name, address and phone number, and send or email this to KIKU-TV. We will randomly pick a winner from all of the entries with the correct 10 locations.
The airline tickets are provided by China Airlines. Did you know China Airlines has daily direct flights from Honolulu to Tokyo (Narita)?
For more information, check the rules information posted here on our website.
We try to have at least one program in the jidaigeki genre airing on KIKU at any given time. (Jidaigeiki refers to period dramas, usually about the lives of samurai.)
But we have FOUR jidaigeki programs airing in October:
1. Our taiga drama, Strategist Kanbe, which airs Tuesdays at 8pm and replays on Wednesday at 12 noon and Sunday at 7pm.
2. Mission to Kill, which airs Tuesdays at 9pm and replays on Wednesdays at 1pm.
3. Hidamari no ki, which airs Thursdays at 8pm and replays on Fridays at noon.
4. And Ninja Sarutobi III, which airs Fridays at 8pm and replays Saturdays at 7pm.
October is a great month for jidaigeki lovers. But come November, the theme will be modern dramas. I’ll share more with you about that later.
In an earlier post, I told you that the Mariko series that begins on Thursday, October 2 at 9pm was the 7th in the series. That is incorrect. It is the 11th in the series! Please be sure to watch it this Thursday.
In other news, Giselle “G” Tongi, host of our Kababayan Today show was in Hawaii this week, taping segments for her show. Kababayan Today airs Monday-Friday, 3:30-4pm and on Sundays from 4-4:30pm right here on KIKU. I’ll be posting about the upcoming Hawaii segments soon.
Tomorrow is the night! Partners 10 begins with a two-part episode Thursday night (4/24) at 9pm. The second part airs next Thursday, 5/1, at 9pm.
And don’t forget to also catch the first episode of Doctor X II, on Monday, 4/28, at 9pm! Let me know what you think of her new shorter hair style.
Detective dramas are big in Japan, and we normally have one or two on our schedule at the same time (in addition to our Mystery Theatre, which is usually also a detective-type drama). Right now, we are airing Doubles (Thursdays at 8pm) and Partners 9 (Thursdays at 9pm). Partners is a long-time favorite amongst our viewers, but we’ve also heard that a lot of you like Doubles. You’ve told us that your other favorites are the Asami Mystery Theatre series and our Fat Detective series. (Stay tuned for news about Fat Detective 2.) Do any of you remember the Investigator Mariko series? We are considering bringing new episodes of this back.
Which is your favorite? Are you interested in seeing Investigator Mariko again?
Getting back to the current detective series, both dramas are ending soon. The last episode of Doubles is next Thursday, April 3rd. The following week — on April 10th — we begin a new drama titled “853”. This stars Yasufumi Terawaki as Detective Shinnosuke Kamo. The number 853 refers to the busy precinct where Detective Kamo used to work. That is, before he accidentally (?) shot a criminal in his custody. After the shooting incident, Detective Kamo was reassigned to a smaller rural jurisdiction.
For 10 years, Detective Kamo keeps his nose to the grind despite his demotion to a smaller precinct. But one day, he is called upon to put his excellent detective skills back to work in the 853.
The last episode of Partners 9 airs on April 17th. The following week, we begin airing Partners 10! Did you know that in Japan, they are already airing Partners 12?
Last week, I wrote about jidaigeki, and mentioned a new show we will begin airing on April 4th titled “Mission to Kill”. (This is about assassins who are hired by victims to avenge their crimes.) Although this program is a samurai drama, I would consider it a detective drama, too, because the samurai police are tasked with solving the crimes, just like modern detectives.
Tune in to all our different detective dramas!
Are you familiar with PBS’s Antiques Roadshow? Experts knowledgeable in various fields, such as art, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and many other specialties (even weapons), travel around the country and evaluate items people bring to them. In many cases, the items may have been in their families for years, passed down through generations. In other cases, people purchased the items at garage sales or flea markets without knowing whether the item has true value or is just a piece of junk. And in still other cases, people have consciously collected the item as an investment.
Whatever the case, it’s always interesting to hear an expert’s opinion about the market value of a product that may have just been collecting dust in someone’s home for years.
There is a television show in Japan similar to Antiques Roadshow. It’s called Nandemo Kantedan, which literally translates to ‘experts in anything’.
A film crew from Nandemo Kantedan is in Hawaii this week, along with several antique experts from Japan. They are here to evaluate items — primarily Japanese antique items — that may have been brought to Hawaii from Japan, and to provide their expert opinions about the authenticity and/or value of those items.
If you have something that has been passed down to you by your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents, and you always wondered about its value and authenticity, these experts will be at the Moiliili Community Center this weekend — March 15 and 16, from 10am-6pm in Room 303. No appointment is necessary; just bring your valuables. And good luck!