PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
NGN NEW YEAR’S PROGRAMMING and FREEVIEW SPECIALS from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4
“Otoko wa Tsuraiyo Shibamata Bojo, Movie (Tora-san 9: Tora-san’s Dear Old Home),” airs Saturday, Dec. 30 at 7:35 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 8:40 a.m.
“Tora-san’s Dear Old Home” is the ninth entry in the popular, long-running “Otoko wa Tsuraiyo” series. Tora-san meets three women on vacation in the historic, charming city of Kanazawa. Shy but pretty Utako (Sayuri Yoshinaga) particularly catches Tora-san’s eye. A few weeks later, Utako visits Tora-san in Shimabata, and Tora-san believes she has fallen in love with him, unaware that she hopes to marry a potter in the countryside.
“Goto no Tora-san, Documentary Movie (Tora-san of Goto),” airs Saturday, Dec. 30, at 7:35 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 8:40 a.m.
For 22 years, this documentary follows nine family members involved in the manufacturing of udon in the Goto Islands of Nagasaki Prefecture. Toru Inuzuka, whose nickname is Tora-san, makes the famous “Goto Udon” and natural salt on an island where depopulation is progressing. Seven children get up at 5 o’clock every morning to help him make udon before going to school. All seven kids learn and grow, paving their own route including the rebellious one who leaves the house and the one that stays locally to work in the local fshery. This is a moving documentary that explores family values and other themes like aging parents, parent-child conficts, sorrow and joy.
“A Door to Hokkaido Still Unseen,” airs on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 9:20 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 1, at 10:35 p.m.
A travel segment from “Dosanko Wide,” Sapporo TV’s popular program. A magnifcent view of the “sea fog” in Muroran and the migratory bird magan (greater white-fronted goose) in Bibai are featured. Local specialties and popular spots are also introduced. Let’s go see Hokkaido that is still unseen!
“Mentai Wide,” airs Monday, Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 9:35 a.m.
The “Ikinari Shokudo” team drops by the best places to eat around Fukuoka in the popular Fukuoka Broadcasting System (FBS) show, “Mentai Wide.” Watch as the intrepid reporters try to get permission to flm inside restaurants and present Fukuoka’s tastiest cheap eats.
“10-JIN ACTOR,” airs Monday, Jan. 1, at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m.
“10-JIN ACTOR” is a boy group featuring 10 winners from a reality talent show aired on FBS in 2014. Follow these 10 good looking, unique and multi-talented local Fukuoka boys do anything to become national idols!
“Hakken Rakuchaku,” airs Monday, Jan. 1 at 9:25 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
“We’ll make your dream come true!“ In this popular variety program in Fukuoka from FBS, people from the Fukuoka Prefecture ask FBS to help their wishes come true. The team examines each person’s wish and comes up with the best way to make it happen.
“Okonomiyaki Kiko” (In Search of Okonomiyaki),” airs Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 9:45 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 10:55 a.m.
“Okonomiyaki Kiko” is a show from HTV in Hiroshima Prefecture. The soul food of Hiroshima is Okonomiyaki. There are more than 1,800 Okonomiyaki restaurants in the Hiroshima Prefecture, and in this show some of the most popular ones are visited. It’s a gourmet adventure that will thrill and move you.
“Fun & Learn Hokkaido!” airs on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9:35 p.m.
Shin-Chitose Airport, a gateway to Hokkaido, is used by more than 20 million people every year. Within the airport, there are many restaurants where you can taste the specialties of Hokkaido and delicious seasonal meals. Furthermore, there are also movie theaters and hot springs to relax in. It is called the “staying airport” because you can enjoy it all day. People even wait for one hour wanting to buy special souvenirs. Let’s enjoy Hokkaido until the last minute before your departure.
“The Land of Dreams: Hokkaido,” airs Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. and Thurday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m.
Watching this program will make you feel as if you are experiencing a luxury tour of Hokkaido. Riding on a canoe, going to an island of nature, and salmon fishing… This program focuses on a specifc local area that shows you all four seasons of Hokkaido.
“Keiji Yugami (Detective Yugami),” premieres Monday, Jan. 1, at 7:35 p.m.
In a society in which justice is awfully subjective, and the possibility of finding the truth is so complicated, detective Yugami (Tadanobu Asano) simply chases after the facts of various cases. To assist him, he has a sidekick called Torao Hanyu, who’s a serious detective with a completely different personality. Two detectives with absolutely nothing in common somehow try to combine their skills, in order to combat the enemies of society. Fully subtitled in English.
“Akashatsu no Gekishu (Revenge of the Red Shirt),” airs Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:35 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 8:40 a.m.
Soseki Natsume’s “Botchan” was set in Matsuyama, Ehime. In the novel, the mean spirited “red shirt” was modeled after Ishitaro Yokochi. However, Yokochi was a decent and honest man. For more than 100 years, he and his descendants have been stigmatized. Yokochi comes back from the grave to protect the pride of his family. “Red shirt” tries to prove his innocence in court today. Now begins the revenge of the red shirt! Fully subtitled in English.