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Ainori #332

Wednesday, September 27th, 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

Good News, people! It seems streaming videos of Ainori are still available on youtube.com.


Ainori #332

WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!

Busy episode this week, in which the guys kept on teasing Sanchan, until Chaki talked to him and finally confronted the others with the problem, and possibly set him to become more confident. Tachi’s feelings for Junko also kept getting stronger, leading him to make the ultimate decision.


Tachi

SanchanUekki

Yokomi

For the past couple of weeks, the guys have desperately tried to get Sanchan to come out of his shell, but it was all in vain. As they tried more and more to make him react, what started as innocent remarks slowly degenerated in teasing that kept escalating. While they were having a barbecue, Sanchan was eating silently as usual, and the guys started telling him stuff like “At least say it’s good or something”, “Have a reaction”, etc. This led him to sit by himself away from the others. The next day while they were eating, Uekki started dumping vegetables in Sanchan’s bowl, and Tachi was telling him “Sanchan, you gotta eat your veggies” in a childish voice. Now all that might seem like it was all in good fun, but for a withdrawn guy like Sanchan, it certainly wasn’t that funny at all. That night, Chaki talked to him and told him she was worried about the situation, and asked him if he was ok with all the teasing. He replied that he was fine for now, and she told him that she was there for him if he needed to talk. The next morning, the guys started making fun of his small jaw, and Uekki started playing with Sanchan’s face, teasing him. Chaki couldn’t take it anymore, and she confronted the guys while they were on the Love Bus. She told them she was worried that their “jokes” might have actually hurt Sanchan’s feelings. Sanchan then told them that he didn’t want to screw up the relationship between him and the guys, which is why he had kept putting up with all of their teasing. The others realized what they had done, and apologized. Sure, the teasing itself wasn’t called for, but in fact, I believe the situation really helped Sanchan. When he told them how he felt about it, this was actually the longest utterance he ever made in front of the camera for once, and then he wrote in his diary that “I’m the one who didn’t say anything when they were teasing me, so I can’t blame them. From now on, I’ll try to say what I think out loud”, which I think is quite a breakthrough for him. I hope the poor guy is going to start talking more, otherwise it’s going to be a long trip for him, and the others.

So of course, the guys apologized as they should have, and that night the three of them agreed that they should make better efforts to really help Sanchan have a nice journey on Ainori. The next day, Tachi invited Sanchan to have a beer at a local bar, he started talking to him about the power of love. Tachi explained how when he was just about to turn 20, he had fell in love with a nurse while being hospitalized. The funniest thing is when he told Sanchan that he had his first sexual experience with that nurse, Sanchan immediately asked “At the hospital?”, which prompted Tachi to say “Hey, it’s not a porn movie”, which in turn led the show hosts to conclude that Sanchan surely watches porn movies to react like that. Anyway, Tachi explained that when the nurse, who was living in Omiya (in Saitama Prefecture, some 120 40 km away from Sinjuku, where he was living at the time), had asked him on the phone to come see her late at night, he had no choice but rent a car to get there since there were no trains anymore. His point was that the power of love can make people do crazy things, and that if Sanchan had feelings for one of the girls, be it Yankumi or Chaki (Junko was conspicuously NOT mentioned), he should take his courage in both hands and talk to them.


“At the hospital?” “No, no, not at the hospital!”

Later, Sanchan was thankfully given a chance to show one of his hidden talents. He beat one of the locals who seemed pretty confident playing table tennis, and really impressed the rest of the group. I’m pretty sure this week’s episode’s was a turning point for him, and hopefully he’ll start feeling comfortable enough to start interacting more with the other participants. Ganbare, Sanchan!

TachiJunko

The next day, the group went to a park where they all split in pairs, as they usually do, and as Junko was having a talk with Uekki, Tachi, who was by himself, started jogging around the park in an attempt to impress Junko by displaying his physical abilities. After an hour of running, an exhausted Tachi returned to the Love Bus, where Junko came to give him a towel and helped dry his hair. Needless to say, he got really excited about that, so much so that he took that as some sort of token of affection, and decided he was ready to declare his love to her. Dude, it’s way too early! Down, boy, down!

And yes, next week Tachi will be seen walking towards the Love Bus to get the fateful plane tickets. That’s just too bad, because it really looks like he could have a real good chance with Junko, if he’d only take his time a little more. The girl is obviously not ready, and will probably get a hell of a surprise when he give her the “kokuhaku” (love declaration in Japanese”). Whatever the outcome, I can’t wait to see what will happen!

:-) Ainori #332 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)


Next Ainori will be aired on Octobre 16th

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Ainori #331

Tuesday, September 19th, 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

Good News, people! It seems streaming videos of Ainori are still available on youtube.com.


Ainori #331

WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!

Well this week things are starting to get more interesting. Tachi and Junko’s relationship is progressing (if only in Tachi’s mind), a strange vibe is developping between Junko and Uekki, Uekki is starting to get the hots for Chaki, and Chaki certainly had quite an effect on Sanchan in the second one on one conversation he had with a woman in his lifetime!

Tachi

Junko

Tachi and Junko had two pretty meaningful conversations, and it seems he’s getting more and more infatuated with her. At the beginning of the show, he told her how his fiancée had left him two years earlier, because he was moving to Niigata in order to indulge in his passion, skiing, and didn’t have the guts to ask her to come with him. The fact is he had left his job and made the choice of working only from the spring to fall so he could hit the slopes at will during the winter, and he didn’t want to impose the economical strain on his girl. During their second conversation towards the end of the show, he also told her how he intended to drop out right after Poland, and how he really wanted to get to know “the one he was interested in” as much as possible before that happened. The problem is although it was obvious he was talking about her, Junko still couldn’t figure that out, having the vague impression he was after Chaki. I mean, come on! He obviously spends most of their free time with her, he jumped on some fishbone she had taken out of her mouth without hesitation (and great pleasure), but seemed unwilling to accept some fish Chaki offered him, and the tone of their conversation is pretty intimate. Has they said on the show, Junko got on the Love Bus only recently and is probably not in the mood for love yet, but I say she’s either blind, or very aware and is keeping her options open. The worst part is Tachi seems to be under the impression she like him! Better work harder, dude!

UekkiJunko

Wow! There’s this weird vibe developping between Junko and Uekki. It started when he kept looking down her blouse while she was unaware of it during some game the group was playing, and he got all weird sitting next to her on the bus the next day when he was apparently thinking about that. Talk about uncomfortable silence? It was almost creepy. They were sitting next to each other the next day, and she became suddenly aware of Uekki’s strong B.O., which according to him smells like tempura oil or something. I guess those two are not destined for each other.

Uekki Chaki

Strong B.O. or not, Uekki and Chaki did have quite a good time when they went shopping together, and even bought the exact same item (one of those coin purses you put around your neck) without knowing it. Coincidence? Fate? He sure looks interested in her, but it’s still unclear how she feels about him.

SanchanChaki

And finally the moment we were all waiting for: Sanchan’s second one on one conversation EVER with a girl, in this case Chaki. Not that he didn’t put any effort in it this time: he actually practiced in the boys’ room before hand, and Tachi was nice enough to impersonate Chaki to let Sanchan rehearse a conversation about mixing nattou and sugar (Chaki loves nattou!). However, when the fateful moment arrived, he was sooooo nervous, he couldn’t say anything, even though Chaki actually started talking about nattou without knowing anything about his preparing for that conversation. There was his chance, his window of opportunity to work on his socila skills, and he blew it! He suddenly got up and said “she you”, and started walking towards the Love Bus, in front of which he crouched for a moment, presumably cracking under pressure. And exactly like after his first conversation with Yankumi, he broke into a fever and had to stay in bed during one of the group’s outings. I was laughing so hard, I swear I fell off my sofa. Sanchan will provide us with hours of blissful fun for months to come, unless he drops out for health reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for the guy, but he’s just too much!

Next week we’ll see Tachi trying to speed up the process between him and Junko, and we’ll hear about Sanchan being bullied. Some ghosts from his past, maybe?

Ok, I know I’ve been slow on translations lately, but don’t worry people, work has finally slowed down a bit. I’ll be finishing them as soon as the summer vacation starts. Damn! This summer vacation was so busy, I really must apologize for not doing my translations. The worst thing is I really should be doing them for my own studies. I don’t know when, but just for the record…
:-) Special treat for non-Japanese speakers coming sometime – I promise! :-)

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Respect for the Aged Day

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Yesterday was Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan. Since I usually work on Saturdays, it had been a while since I had two days off in a row. I would have gone hiking but it was raining cats and dogs so I took it easy on Sunday, and I did absolutely N*O*T*H*I*N*G! Once in a while it’s good to stay in your pajamas for a whole day…

Montreal Shooting…

Thursday, September 14th, 2006


I’m speechless… How could this happen in a city like Montreal? See for yourself.

Edit: This is a mirror to Kimveer Gill’s (the shooter) last blog entry.

It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to figure out that anyone posting multiple pictures of themselves holding weapons definitely has “problems”…


Edit: This is Anastasia De Sousa, Gill’s victim in the Dawson college shooting. She was just a random, innocent victim in this unthinkable incident. I would like to convey my sincere condoleances to all her family, friends and classmates, and hope that such an event never occur again.

Ainori #330

Tuesday, September 12th, 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


Good News, people! It seems streaming videos of Ainori are still available on youtube.com.


Ainori #330

WARNING! THIS IS A SPOILER!

This week the group went to visit the Auschwitz extermination camp, where they learned about the atrocities commited during WWII. After coming back to the hotel, the girls invited Sanchan to their room, where he received, ahem, special treatment. The next day, Tachi tried to make the best of what’s left of his time on the trip hanging out with Junko, and trying more or less successfully to improve their relationship.

Junko
Yankumi
Sanchan
Chaki

Well, well, I guess this was a moment a lot of people were looking forward to. Sanchan, nervous as a Turkey at Christmas (I propose to change that expression to: nervous as Sanchan in a room full of girls), found himself surrounded by three very curious girls, getting the kind of attention surely craved by all Ainori male participants. They started tripping on his long eyelashes, going as far as curling them up with an eyelash curler. It was so funny, it’s like he’s just one of them. Do I smell gender confusion here? He noted in his diary afterwards: “The girls smelled so good, it made my heart pound”. Hello? It wasn’t the smell, dude, it was them all over you! This guy was in heaven and didn’t know it!

Tachi

Junko

And then there is Chaki TACHI, TACHI, TACHI (Damn! For some weird reason, I keep mixing up those two – thanks, Drew), hitting on Junko at full throttle. Since he already decided Poland would be the last country on his trip, I think it’s obvious he’s going to kokuhaku (love declaration in Japanese) her. They went shopping together, and he kept touching her back and her arm, and they really looked like they had something going on. But later on the bus, Tachi was sitting in the back and was obviously high on his feelings, looking very happy and excited. However, when he started fooling around and having fun with Chaki, who was sitting right in front of him, it seemed Junko mistook his enthusiasm for an inclination towards Chaki. Tachi has better make his feelings towards Junko more obvious before she starts getting interested in one of the other guys…

Next week we’ll see Tachi make another move with Junko, the possibility of something beginning between Chaki and Uekki, and another one on one conversation with a girl for Sanchan.

Ok, I know I’ve been slow on translations lately, but don’t worry people, work has finally slowed down a bit. I’ll be finishing them as soon as the summer vacation starts. Damn! This summer vacation was so busy, I really must apologize for not doing my translations. The worst thing is I really should be doing them for my own studies. I don’t know when, but just for the record…
:-) Special treat for non-Japanese speakers coming sometime – I promise! :-)

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