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).
Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts and Saiyaman
WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!
Aaaaarrrggh! Mie went one step too far! The group found a place where Hungarian couples put up locks, and each of the lovers keep one key, to symbolize a mutual promise of eternal love. So Mie went to buy a lock and two keys, and asked Suuzan to put up the lock with her. Suuzan was a bit surprised, but went ahead and did it anyway. Mie then gave Suuzan his key, and they went back to the hotel, apparently without any problem. So far, so good, you say? The next day, Suuzan’s attitude had changed completely, and he insisted on being left alone. Apparently, he was having second thoughts, suddenly taken aback by the strength of Mie’s feelings. He ended up by himself in a restaurant, with Mie looking for him all over the place. When he saw her looking for him out the window, he did his best to hide, but it was no use. She went in the restaurant, too, and sat with him. The both of them ended up sobbing over a pizza, unable to say anything significant to each other…
Next week, it seems Mie will declare her true feelings to him, giving him the fateful plane ticket. I can’t wait to see the outcome, and really hope they will go back to Japan together.
Ainori 304 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers
NEXT ON AINORI (March 6)