A clinic on the sea | Japanese drama

April 9, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama

photo_2 In the Japanese TV comedy “A Clinic on the Sea”, Dr. Kota joins the crew of a hospital boat which deserves the Islands surrounding the great Seto bridge. The name of the main character (Kota Sensei) is cleverly chosen to resemble Dr.Koto. Similar to the latter, Dr.Kota’s role is to help the residents of small Islands where medical help is unavailable.

However, Dr.Kota shows immature behaviour most of the time, often falling in love with the first women encountered on each island he visits and declaring he wishes to resign his doctor position in order to marry who he believes to be the women of his life. Luckily, most of Dr. Kota’s silly wedding ideas fail, no-one on any of the islands he visits truly fall in love for him.

In all his foolishness, Dr.Kota doesn’t suspect that love is closer to him than what he might expect…

The series should be available there



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What is the best season to visit Japan?

April 2, 2014 in Polls

Japan has a lot to offer at any time of the year but there might be that “special season” when everything seems nicer than usual. I am curious to know about people’s preference so I am asking this question to those who had the chance to spend all of the four seasons in Japan. Overall, which one do you prefer?

online poll by Opinion Stage

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Hamarikyu Garden

March 26, 2014 in Parks

The Hamarikyu Garden is located near the Tokyo port area, in the luxurious financial district of Shiodome. Initially the villa of the Shogun Tokugaga, famous for duck hunting, it was remodelled as a park in the 40s. The Hamarikyu Garden contrasts heavily to the modern skyscrapers seen behind. Walking from the Shiodome station, one transitions from a futuristic display of luxury to a peaceful and unpretentious garden.

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Aikurushii, Japanese TV drama

March 19, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama

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Aikurushi (あいくるしい, which means lovely in Japanese) is the story of the Mashiba family facing hard times as their mother falls ill. Each member of the family has to step out of their comfort zone and cooperate more than before to make ends meet.

The second eldest of the family, Horo, has a pure heart and has only the desire to bring strength to those in needs. Although facing enough hardship himself in his family life, he tries his best to befriend those in need at school and creates powerful bonds between the kids of the village.

The eldest sister, Michiru, had hopes for higher education at a university in Tokyo. Realizing that the family wouldn’t function without her help, sacrifices her personal ambitions to take the role of a mother for the younger family members.

The grandfather, Meiji, is wise and has always a good advice to give which compensates for the short-temper of their father, Tetsuo. The latter, although in a position of authority in the family, rarely shows wisdom, and has a really tough time coping with the illness of his wife.

This drama deserves its name. Despite the characters showing their shortcomings or defaults more strongly in difficult times, one becomes attached even more to them because of their humanness.

Last time I looked, it was available here



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Cherry blossom forecast 2014

March 12, 2014 in Tips and Tricks

Picnics under the cherry blossoms (o-hanami) are an important part of Japanese culture. So important that the Japanese meteorological office produces a forecast of cherry-blossom season every year!

The 2014 cherry blossom season will start in less than one month. To better synchronize your visit of Japan to the famous blooming tree, please consult either of those two official websites:

Links to cherry blossom forecast in 2014 : english version, japanese version

The website cheriblossom.com also shows in-real-time cherry blossom forecast (Thanks to Sakuman for the info)

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