Archive for January 17th, 2006

Ainori #299

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Monday nights at 23:00.

In August 2005, I discovered that Ainori was not only popular in Japan, but also all over the world thanks to Bit Torrent technology. I decided to write a summary of each episode, and do a translation of the weekly photo captions from the official site. What do I get out of this? I get to improve my Japanese, I get more traffic to my blog, but above all, I get the satisfaction of knowing many non-Japanese speakers all over the world can appreciate a truly unique reality show. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

This month’s participants.

Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts and Saiyaman

Ainori #299

WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!

Ume I can’t believe this! Umechan retired! Apparently she was in love with a guy in Japan for about a year and a half, but the guy kept rejecting her saying she should lose wait and stuff. Then, determined to find love on her own she applied for Ainori, and against very tough odds got accepted. The problem is that the creep, out of the blue, decided to declare his love to her 3 days before she left for Ainori. Idiot! How selfish can you get? Umechan, torn between her feelings and the decision she had made to join Ainori, kept her promise to the producers, but still went on her trip with mixed feelings. She kept it a secret to the group, the staff, and even lied to herself, trying to forget about the guy while she was traveling. But in the end, the feeling she had betrayed everyone, including herself, got the best of her. Poor girl… That’s why she was relatively inactive during the program. I hope she finds happiness upon her return to Japan, and I hope that jerk gets dumped by his next five girlfriends, starting with Umechan!

So Suuzan, Mie and Alec left Romania for Hungaria, Ainori’s 64th country. I sure miss Hide, who by the way went back to Africa to buy loads of hand-made accessories, and is now back in Japan getting ready to start his online shop (Edit: Thanks to Katherine for the link!). His dream is to eventually open his own boutique, but for the time being I’ll keep my eyes open to find the URL to his online shop ASAP. Anyway, the arrival of three new partcipants, two boys and a girl, will sure make things interesting. Here they are:

Tagami Tagami, 20, from Miyazaki prefecture . He’s a tall (182 cm), handsome young man studying architecture, and has a taste for soccer. He didn’t say much during his self-introduction, but his looks were speaking for themselves. I’m sure this guy won’t have any problems finding the girl of his dreams, since he also seems to have lots of self-confidence.

Outlaw Talking about self-confidence, the next guy is quite a number! Outlaw (yeah, right) 30, from Kabukicho. The guy is a dentist by daytime and works as a host by night! For those of you not familiar with the term “host”, it refers to guys working as gigolos in Japanese night clubs called , you guessed it, “host clubs”. The guy is so self-centered, he was looking at the camera instead of looking at the other participants when he introduced himself, until one of the staff interrupted him to tell him to face the group. He wrote on his profile that he would create a “new Ainori legend”. Please, that’s even worse than TK! This guy should be, ahem, interesting, to say the least…

Izumi Izumi, 25, from Tokyo, is a professional Mah-jong player. Yep, some people make a living at gambling, even in Japan. Actually, she apparently plays in real time against opponents on the internet, playing from arcades all over Japan. It seems Alec even played her once, and he recognized her! He was so excited to meet someone “famous”, forgetting that she’s a nobody outside Mah-jong circles. She’s quite good looking, and I have a feeling she will become Mie’s rival. Do I forsee catfights, again? Only time will tell…

:-) Ainori 299 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)