Top J-actresses Ishihara Satomi, Ueno Juri and Ayase Haruka All Have Big Summer 2018 Doramas Coming

I’m triply stoked for the summer 2018 J-dorama season, and in general have enjoyed the last three dorama seasons with always one show I get hooked on to watch. Summer ’18 has three high profile top actresses with anticipated series coming – Ishihara Satomi gets to play the cultured straight woman in Takane no Hana as the refined ikebana (flower arranging) heiress who falls for a schlumpy ordinary guy, Ueno Juri makes her first post-marriage dorama return in the J-version of Good Doctor opposite It Boy Yamazaki Kento and Fujiki Naohito, and Ayase Haruka gets to play the mom, or more specifically the step mom, with Takenouchi Yutaka with a side of Sato Takeru in Gibo to Musume no Blues (Stepmother and daughter blues). Eeep, I’m so excited for all this fun summer goodness to arrive! Continue reading

Japanese Netizens Vote for Most Beautiful J-actress of All Time with Kitagawa Keiko Topping the List

The votes are in and this is a huge polling size and spans decades to get a good sense of what Japanese find most beautiful among their actresses. With over 50,000 votes, J-actress Kitagawa Keiko tops the list of most … Continue reading

Japanese Female Viewers Love Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu by a Landslide for the Fall TV Season

Looks like I unexpectedly hitched myself to the breakout J-dorama hit of the fall season with Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. It really is a surprise because renzouku doramas have not done well with ratings in Japan in over a decade, … Continue reading