Archive for January 24th, 2006

Ainori #300

Tuesday, January 24th, 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 #300





Well this week was quite unusual, since the vacant spot for a female participant was taken for only three days by a girl the group met in the kitchen of the dormitory they were staying at. Andie, a 23 year old English teacher, entered the kitchen while the group was making dinner, and asked if she could use one of the tables. Suuzan started speaking (some) English with her, and she unexpectedly replied in Japanese. He then proceeded with inviting her to join the group, which she did after the staff explained to her what Ainori was all about. Although she stayed only for three days, she spent most of that time with Suuzan, and as you can imagine, Mie got really nervous. So much so that she actually cut in “Takano style” a couple of times, because she was starting to worry Suuzan might stay in Hungary with Andie. Mie is definitly the jealous type, and I’m sure we’ll have more catfight if one of the other girls gets interested in Suuzan. Andie left after three days, as she intended to, to the great relieve of Mie and evident sadness on the part of Suuzan.

Outlaw As I expected (and probably everyone else), “Outlaw” is one obnoxious, pushy, self-assured sexual predator on the prowl. It started on the bus when he was trying to explain his materialistic take on life, and how he thought Ainori was phony. Needless to say, that didn’t go down well with the group. Then he tried to squeeze himself sitting with Mie in an alcove, and was talking about how much money he was already making in his teens, and how he intended to start a sex toy business. Mie was too distracted by the fact that Suuzan and Andie were by themselves, and excused herself pretty quickly, to the great dismay of “mister macho man”, obviously not used to rejection at all. Looking at next week’s trailer, it seems he’s going to try holding Izumi too close to him, which she obviously won’t like from the look on her face. I can’t stand him, but he’s fun to watch. Mark my words, Outlaw will be the guy we’ll love to hate!

Well, it seems next week a new girl will join them, and the group will finally be complete for a new chapter of Ainori, and apparently the start of more female rivalry. Can’t wait…

:-) Ainori 300 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)