Channel 9 (Spectrum) and 20 (Hawaiian Telcom) (Programs are subject to change, without notice. For updated information, call 847–2021)
“A Tiny School in the Mountains,“ Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m.; repeats on Monday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
A tiny elementary school in the mountains of Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka is closing due to the dwindling number of students in the remote location. The final eighteen students decide amoungst themselves that each will do something significant before the school closes. Watch how each student fulfills his or her own dream in this touching documentary.
“Kichiku,” Thursday, Dec. 5 and 12, at 8 p.m.; repeats on Friday, Dec. 6 and 13, at 1 p.m.
Sokichi and his wife, Umeko, run a small printing company. Just when their business takes off, a fire to their facility uncovers Sokichi’s secret relationship with Kikuyo, a woman he met six years ago and who he has three children with. Because of the damage from the fire, Sokichi can no longer support his mistress and their children. Kikuwo desperately forces herself into his home and comes face to face with Umeko for the first time.
“Tantei Monogatari,” Thursday, Dec. 19 and 26, at 8 p.m.; repeats on Friday, Dec. 20 and 27, at 1 p.m.
Shuichi Tsujiyama is a broke private investigator. While on a job assignment, he is about to catch a crucial moment by taking a photo. Naomi Arai, a college student, misunderstands the situation and causes him to miss his photo opportunity.
Naomi turns out to be the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Knowing how spoiled Naomi can be, a housekeeper in the Arai family’s home apologizes to Shuichi and offers him a position guarding Naomi from her former boyfriend for five days. The seemingly easy job becomes five days of drama for Shuichi.
“You’re My Home,” premiers Monday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Fontanilla family’s simple, happy life begins to unravel when the parents become involved in bringing an unsolved homicide case to justice. With little time to devote to their children, many responsibilities fall on their young daughter, Grace. One day, Grace rebels, leaving her youngest brother, Vince, with no supervision. When the parents return home, they learn Vince is missing. Will this be the catalyst that brings this family back together?
“Ossan’s Love,” Monday at 8 p.m.; repeats on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Soichi Haruta is a 33-year-old single man who works at a real estate office and lives with his mother. One day, his mother abruptly leaves and he must learn to live independently. Soichi doesn’t know how to live alone and decides to room with Ryota Maki, a coworker who is good at cooking, cleaning and household chores.
All is going well until Soichi’s boss, Musashi Kurosawa, confesses his romantic feelings for Soichi. Confussed, he comes to find Ryota is also gay and has feelings for him. Although Soichi is straight, he finds himself in a love triangle between Musashi and Ryota.
“Stepmother Blues,” Sunday at 8 p.m.; repeats on Monday, at 1 p.m.
Akiko Iwaki is a career woman who works very hard at her job. She gets married to Ryoichi Miyamoto who has a daughter. Akiko Iwaki must now deal with housework and raising her stepdaughter.
“Behind the Noren 4,” Saturday at 8 p.m.
The family drama “Behind the Noren” continues from Season 3. Naoko has overcome a variety of handicaps to become the innkeeper of Kaguraya and strong enough to voice her opinions to her monther-in-law, Shino. Naoko wants to prove that anyone can become an innkeeper if they have the drive and true desire to be hospitable to guests. She ultimately hires a cheerful yet dull-witted and sloppy apprentice as a trainee, which causes a commotion at Kaguraya.
“Kapuso Mo,” Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.
A news magazine subtitled in English and hosted by Jessica Soho. Each week, Jessica explores different, fun and fascinating stories on classic and current events, pop culture, foods, celebrities, health and internet trends.
“Beautiful Strangers,“ Saturday at 6 p.m.; repeats on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Kristine befriends a homeless girl named Leah, only to learn that her real name is Joyce and she was sexually abused by her father. Eventually, the truth comes out.Will their friendship be able to withstand the reality?
“Once Upon a Kiss,“ Sunday at 6 p.m.
Aurora and Eric were both raised in poor families. Together they dreamed of having a better life together. Eric gave up his love for Aurora to pursue Giselle, the daughter of a wealthy family while heartbroken Aurora later marries Jimmy, Eric’s best friend. Eric and Giselle have a boy named Prince, while Aurora and Jimmy have a daughter named Ella. Although their families are mortal enemies, Prince and Ella become childhood friends and fall in love. Can Prince and Ella’s love last or are they doomed to repeat the same history as their parents?
“Oshin,“ airs on Tuesday at 8 p.m.; repeats on Wednesday at 1 p.m.; continues on Sunday at 7 p.m. (Sunday episodes have no repeat during the week)
One of Japan’s most watched series of all time, this story follows the life of Shin Tanokura during the Meiji Period up to the early 1900s. “Oshin“ is a girl born in a very poor rural family in Japan, who, through hard work and perseverance, eventually triumphs over pain and adversity to achieve fame and success.
“Lone Wolf with Cub,” Friday at 8 p.m.; repeats on Saturday at 7 p.m.
This series chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun’s executioner who uses a Dotanuki battle sword. Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyu clan, he is forced to take the path of an assassin along with his 3-year-old-son, Daigoro. Together they seek revenge on the Yagyu clan and are known as “Lone Wolf with Cub.”
“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 Japan,” Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Wednesday at noon.
This series, which replaces “Soko ga Shiritai,” takes you on a journey through Japan, highlighting foods and places that define Japan.