“Shiawase (Happy),” airs Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
Just outside the Sapporo city limits is an area of old buildings where time has come to a standstill. Hidden here is a small, family-run noodle making business. The father who owns the business, Shinichi, is 70 and a dependable member of the community. Although he has been stepping back from the business as company president, he continues to be a vital part of the company and holds everyone together. what would happen if he was suddenly gone one day? Would the family be able to stay together? Would the business be able to survive? A story about how life can begin again even after deep sorrow and loss.
“Omiya-san,” premieres on Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m.
Watase Tsunehiko plays the role of Torii Kazaburo, a detective who’s stuck in the data division of the Kyoto East Kamogawa station. He has the knack for solving cases that have turned up cold. His innocent looks hide a superior intellect that can store the details of old case files and help solve the unsolvable. You can’t hide anything from Watase-san!
“I’ll Still Love You in 10 Years,” premieres on Monday, Feb . 16, at 8 p.m.
A romantic drama about a woman unlucky in love. One day, Rika notices a man shadowing her. He tells her he is her husband from 10 years in the future, but that he has slipped back in time to prevent their marriage.
Why did he come back in time to prevent their marriage? What reason could there be that Hiroshi would travel back in time to undo Rika’s happiness?
“Legacy,” Sunday at 5 p.m.
The CEO of The Legacy Corporation dies leaving three daughters behind. They bicker and argue over their father’s wealth and leadership of the Legacy Corporation. With each daughter claiming to be the rightful heir, only one can be chosen; only one will be recognized as Legacy Corporation’s undisputed leader.
“Doctor X 2,” Sunday at 8 p.m.
Michiko Daimon is a freelance doctor. She was dispatched to a university hospital that lost a number of doctors all at once because of harsh work conditions. When Michiko arrives at the hospital dressed like a fashion model, other doctors cannot hide their surprise. But more than her appearance, it is what she does in the hospital that creates a major stir.
“The Tempest,” Sunday at 9 p.m.
The Tempest is a samurai drama set in the 19th Century during the reign of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Women were not allowed formal education, but Mazuru is a young woman with a desire to complete her studies despite gender restrictions.
When her stepbrother goes missing, Mazuru disguises herself as a Eunuch in order to fulfill her dreams of education, and ends up passing the exam to become a royal government official.
In this drama, Yukie Nakama plays the roles of both the female and male characters.
Starring Yukie Nakama, Yuka Itaya, Takashi Tsukamoto and Saki Takaoka.
“Kuru Kuru Japan,” Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Delicious foods of Japan. Cultured salmon in Tottori, bonito cuisine in Kagoshima and more!
“Soko ga Shiritai,” Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.
The wildly popular docu-tainment/info-logue that takes you all over Japan seeking out everything from customs, to food and all things interesting. Satisfy your need to know!
“Otome-san,” Monday at 8 p.m. (ends Feb. 9)
Otome-san is a term for mother-in-law. Asako Mizusawa lived with constant nagging and criticism from her mother-in-law until the older woman’s death two years ago. Just when Asako can begin to relax and enjoy being the mistress of the house, her only son informs her he plans to marry a girl named Ririka.
Starring Hitomo Kuroki, Saki Aibu, Junichi Ishida and Tomohiro Kaku.
“Second Movement,” Monday at 9 p.m.
A drama involving two women who are violinists in an orchestra. One of them, Natsumi, gets pregnant and gives up the violin, and marries a cellist in the orchestra. The other woman, Mari, rises in popularity and soon becomes a solo violinist. The two women meet again by chance 17 years later. As they reconnect and share what’s happened in their lives, both find themselves envying the other’s path in life.
“Partners 10,” Thursday at 8 p.m.
Season 10! Detective, Ukyo Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His partner, Takeru Kanbe, is cool and confident. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.
Starring Yutaka Mizutani, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Ikue Masudo, Seiji Rokkaku, Kazuhisa Kawahara, Ryosuke Otani and Atsushi Yamanishi.
“Japan’s Local Secrets,” Friday at 9 p.m.; repeats on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Although Japan is a relatively small country geographically, each prefecture has its own traditions, dialects, and . . . foods!!! This program takes us to the secret places throughout Japan known to the people of the area and introduces us to things unique to each place.
“Partners 9,” Saturday at 7 p.m.
Season 9! Detective, Ukyo Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His partner, Takeru Kanbe, is cool and confident. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.