“Toyama no Kinsan (Toei),” premieres on Tuesday, June 7, at 9 p.m.
“Toyama no Kinsan” 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 life everyday 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!
“Save Our Town (TBS) – Napoleon no Mura,” premieres on Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m.
A story about a soon-to-be-deserted village and a change that takes place in the people of the village.
Eiji Asai is an officer with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. He requests a transfer to the division in charge of the village of Kagura. Kagura has been experiencing financial difficulties, and its mayor has requested the town be dissolved.
But Eiji has other ideas. He wants to revive the village with a festival. But first, he needs to revive the attitudes of the townspeople.
“Losing Heaven,” Sunday at 5 p.m.
Bridgette and Ellery are childhood best friends, and their bond becomes even stronger when Bridgette’s parents are killed, leaving her an orphan. Ellery’s father adopts Bridgette, making them sisters.
The best friends/sisters grow up and attain careers they love. Everything is going well until Bridgette meets Jonas. Instantly, she falls in love with him, but he only has eyes for Ellery. After Ellery meets him, they fall in love and marry.
Their happiness is shattered when they learn Ellery cannot conceive. Bridgette steps in and offers to be a surrogate mom through in-vitro, and births a daughter.
Ellery gets into a car accident and is in a coma. Bridgette convinces Jonas to annul his marriage to Ellery for the sake of the baby and marry her.
But what happens to the best friends/sisters if Ellery regains consciousness?
“Chasing Moments,” Sunday at 6 p.m.
A thrilling story about love and intertwined relationships.
Alex and Cindy find love and inspiration in each other’s arms. However, when Cindy leaves to study abroad, though devastated, Alex decides he must continue his life and pursue his dreams of becoming a photo journalist. Janice, an older woman, works as an editor-in-chief at a famous tabloid, but her successful career is not mirrored in her personal life. Despite her age gap and social differences their special friendship grows into an unlikely romance. Things get more complicated when Alex learns that Janice is Cindy’s mother!
“Sanada Maru (NHK),” Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m.
“Sanada Maru” is the 55th Taiga drama from NHK.
The story about the life of the last great commander in the Warring States period, Yukimura Sanada, whose real name was Genjiro Nobushige Sanada.
Curious and adventure-loving, Nobushige Sanada tore through the the Warring States period and eventually became a legendary commander who even awed the ruler Ieyasu Tokugawa.
He completed the construction of Sanada Maru, which is the last and strongest fortress to defend the most vulnerable gate of the castle during the Siege of Osaka.
“Doctors 2 (TV Asahi),” Sunday at 8 p.m.
“Doctors 2” is a continuation of “Doctors,” which aired last year.
Tamaki Dogami, the director of Dogami Hospital, announces her retirement and names her nephew, Dr. Suguru Moriyama, as her successor.
This upsets the doctors and nurses who distrust Suguru and his self-centered ways.
“Behind the Noren 2 (Fuji),” Sunday at 9 p.m.
The showdown between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law at a traditional Japanese inn continues in this second series. But this time, “the spirit of good service” bypasses international boundaries as some of the main characters venture to Taiwan.
“Mac & Chiz,” premieres June 6, Monday-Friday at 4 p.m.
Macario “Mac” Vasquez (Derek Ramsay) and Chiz Espinosa (Empoy Marquez) are fraternal twins from opposing ends of the spectrum. Mac is the handsome yet timid CEO of an upscale restaurant. Chiz is happy-go-lucky, over confident with the ladies, and operates a small eatery. What happens when these two lives intertwine in their pursuit of love and success?
“Kuru Kuru Japan,” Monday through Friday 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!
“My Prince (Yomiuri TV),” Monday at 8 p.m.
Takako Hara has a history of failed romances and is resigned to a life of loneliness. At only 32, she is convinced she will be alone the rest of the her life.
That is, until Koutarou Ozu comes to teach at her school.
Although Takako is seven years older than Koutaro, she finds herself falling for him. What happens when she learns he is already engaged to be married?
“Beauty and the Fellow (NHK),” Monday at 9 p.m.
A competent, but aloof beautiful woman.
A handsome, but unmotivated young man.
Will they propel each other to success in the entertainment industry . . . and beyond?
It’s a girl-meets-boy tale with a twist. The girl, Ichiko, becomes an entertainment agent following an unexpected turn of events. That’s when she scouts the boy, a reluctant young actor named Ryo. Ichiko struggles to transform Ryo into a superstar. And even though he’s disinterested initially, he gradually begins to enjoy acting. Together, the pair navigates the unfamiliar and sometimes choppy waters of show business, rising to the pinnacle of fame. They share the same fate, despite the constant friction. Soon, their professional bond morphs into an emotional one, and sparks fly. “Beauty and the Fellow” is a heartfelt and captivating story of an entertainment power duo in search of success, but destined for love.
“Angels and Demons (TVA),” Thursday at 8 p.m.
Hikari Makita is a police officer with pure motives and ineffective results. Her trusting personality often results in her being deceived by suspects, which gets her relegated to trivial tasks in the cold case resource department.
That is, until Ryunosuke Chajima shows up. Ryunosuke is a clever attorney who is somehow involved in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s newly formed Cold Case Anonymous Investigation Unit. This unit tackles unsolved cases by offering leniency to suspects for information. Ryunosuke somehow gets Hikari assigned to the new unit, but what is his motive?
“Downtown Rocket (TBS),” Thursday at 9 p.m.
“Downtown Rocket” is about a former researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan’s version of NASA) who is pursuing his lifelong dream to develop a rocket engine. Pursuit of this dream causes Ryohei Tsukuda to single-mindedly focus all of his family-owned manufacturing company’s efforts on developing the engine, at the expense of all other projects.
One day, Ryohei receives an offer to buy his patent for more than $17 billion. Will Ryohei sell or continue to follow his dream?
“Partners 11 (TVA),” Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.
The 11th season of this popular detective series. Detective, Ukyo
Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His new partner is Toru Kai. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.
“Japan’s Local Secrets,” Friday at 9 p.m. and 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.