Kiku TV’s 2021 New Year’s Special Programs (Hawaii)

Although many of us were saddened of Kiku TV’s decision in not picking up the 71st NHK Kouhaku Uta-Gassen, they are showing two special dramas that have actresses from Okinawa featured in them. The first airs tonight (Saturday, 1/2) and is called The Last Promise (Saigo no Yakusoku) which aired in Japan on January 9, …

Catching up on news from Tokyograph

I’m catching up on articles from the awesome website Tokyograph of mostly film and TV news. Click on the links to read the full articles on Tokyograph’s website. The original show starred Ueto as rookie detective Sakuragi Izumi, who worked on difficult unsolved cases as part of a Special Investigations Office (based on an actual …

Yukie Nakama to star in the upcoming NHK period drama “Tempest”

Pictured is the cast for the stage play of “Tempest” starring Yukie Nakama in the main role of Mazuru/Neion Son (真鶴・孫寧温). The play, based on the novel by Naha-born author Eiichi Ikegami, will become a 10-episode BS period drama (BS時代劇) on NHK that is projected to start airing in July 2011. Synopsis of the stage …

Spring 2011 J-dramas to watch

I haven’t done one of these in a long time so here we go! There are two (maybe more) J-dramas beginning this month for the Spring 2011 season that star actresses from Okinawa. The first one starts on the 18th is titled “Shiawase ni Narou yo (幸せになろうよ)” and stars Meisa Kuroki in the role of …

Tokyograph: Manami Higa to star in “Dondo Bare” sequel

NHK is reviving its 2007 morning drama series “Dondo Bare” with a sequel that will be aired as a special program next year. Production on the show was announced at a press conference on Wednesday, attended by the drama’s lead actress, Manami Higa (24). […] (Via Tokyograph.) We’re big fans of Manami Higa and it’s …

Aya Ueto in “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite” – Tokyograph

Aya Ueto (24) will star in a short drama series this fall, titled “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite.” This will be her first time leading a series on NHK. […] The story focuses on 26-year-old Rika (Ueto), a single editor who is unskilled in love. The story starts when a man (Uchino) appears before …

Meisa Kuroki to star in TBS’s April 2010 drama “Shinzanmono”

Meisa Kuroki will be starring in the drama “Shinzanmono” which will begin airing on the TBS network from April 18, 2010. “Shinzanmono” will be Meisa’s first renzoku drama for 2010. Synopsis (from DramaWiki): Based on the popular novel by best-selling author Higashino Keigo, Kato Kyoichiro is a new detective who is assigned to solve the …

Yukie Nakama to star in the TBS’s “Japanese Americans”

This autumn, TBS plans to broadcast a five-episode drama series titled “Japanese Americans.” The drama, an original work by veteran screenwriter Sugako Hashida, focuses on a Japanese family who emigrated to the United States a century ago and lived through World War II. […] Yukie Nakama (30) plays the heroine as Ichiro’s love interest Shinobu. …

In love with Namie Amuro’s “The Meaning Of Us”

Ask me about the song that I’ve been humming a lot of lately and I’ll answer Owl City’s “Fireflies” — not! (*ahem* I’m a fan of The Postal Service.) The song that’s been stuck in my head the past week is Namie Amuro’s “The Meaning Of Us” from her newly released original album, “Past<Future” — …

Yu Yamada to star in “Koi no Karasawagi”

NTV has revealed that its next “Koi no Karasawagi” (“Much Ado About Love”) drama special will air on September 25. Based on the variety show of that name, this will be the sixth in a series of yearly specials that started in 2004. Like the previous specials, “Koi no Karasawagi: Love Stories VI” will consist …