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Ainori #318

Thursday, June 22nd, 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).

Current participants

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

You can also watch streaming videos of Ainori on Thanks to Avi Telyas for the tip. (^_^)y

Ainori #318


Sorry it took me so long to get that one out, but I’ve been down with a cold that kept me sleeping at night…

This week something many of us were expecting happened! To me it’s the closing of an important “Ainori era”, with the loss of the one who actually got me started… But first, let’s get on with the subject at hand, i.e. the conclusion Izumi and Tagamikun’s relationship.



Yep, as most of us thought, Tagamikun refused Izumi’s proposal to go back to Japan together. He explained to her that although at first he thought he wouldn’t be able to talk to her due to her seemingly harsh character and the “generation gap” between them (in Japan, even being one year apart is considered a big difference!), he found out through their relationship that she was very kind, just like a big sister. Although he did have feelings for her, he didn’t seem to think they were strong enough for him to go back to Japan with her. The funny thing was after she said goodbye to the group, they showed a (rare) shot of a participant on her way to the airport, in which she was cursing Tagamikun for making her think they could get seriously involved.

“We can’t go back to Japan together…” “That little shit!”

Aw, well, too bad for her, but I’m sure that eventually she’ll be able to find a handsome Mahjong player who owns all of her DVDs and picture albums! (^_-)

Ok, now let’s get something straight here. Although both Izumi and Hisayon were after Tagamikun, it seems Hisayon actually had a better chance than Izumi. Indeed, during one of the conversations between Hisayon and Tagamikun, fresh boy asked the pastry chef if she had feelings towards anyone. Hisayon, apparently thinking that saying she was 100% inclined towards someone (i.e. Tagamikun himself) would be too much, decided to say she was 70% inclined towards one of the guys, and 30% inclined towards another. Fresh boy replied that although he thought the 70% probably wasn’t him, he sure wished he was the next one.

“100% is too much…” “I wish I was that 30% guy…”

Now, is that actually a hint that he would like to get romantically involved with her, or is that just more of his “innocent playfulness”? Hard to tell, but it seems after that conversation, Tagamikun started hanging out more with Izumi, which led to her “kokuhaku” (love declaration). Did Hisayon made him back up with what she said? I bet if she hadn’t said that, and if she had been more insisting on hanging out with him, she would have had a chance to start something. Oh, well, at least there is still time for her…

“I’m going back to Japan to find Mie… ” “Good luck!”

Yes people, as I kept saying all along, Suuzan had only one thing left to do, i.e. going back to Japan to find Mie and declare his love to her. It’s been obvious since he turned her down that he had made a big mistake, and I sure wish she still has the hots for him. In a way, it’s the end of one of the best “Ainori eras”, since Suuzan was the last one left from Hide’s group. Most of you probably don’t know this, but I owe Suuzan big time. Yep, he’s the one who actually made me write about Ainori on my blog the first time, and a comment from an Ainori fan in the US called Pauline made me realize Ainori was available outside of Japan, too. As you can see, I didn’t like him at all when he came to the show, but now he’s become one of my favorite participants. I owe him all the traffic to my blog generated by Ainori, and an apology for the way I talked about him the first time. In any case, I really wish Mie will react in his favor, as I believe they would make a great couple. Suuzan, although you’ll probably never read this, I apologize, and I wish you the best of luck!

Next week is a show I’ve been hoping for for a long time: Suuzan going back to Japan and trying to hook up with Mie. I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait!

Ok, I know I’ve been slow on translations lately, but don’t worry people, work has finally slowed down a bit. So just for the record…
:-) Special treat for non-Japanese speakers coming soon – I promise! :-)