Archive for October 17th, 2006

Ainori #333

Tuesday, October 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).
Current participants

Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts

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Ainori #333


A lot of things happened this week. First, there is a new theme song called “My LOVE” by Ai Kawashima, who used to sing another of Ainori’s theme, “Ashita e no tobira”, as the lead singer of I WISH. The new theme didn’t impress me very much, but I guess I need to listen to it a bit more. Then of course, Tachi declared his love to Junko, in a somewhat, ahem, unusual manner. Uekki is now definitely in love with Chaki, who seems to be responsive, too.”


So Tachi tried to talk to Junko a first time, telling her how he was in love head over heels with one of the girls (her), and a very supportive Junko, who kept believing he was actually in love with Chaki, told him how she didn’t really have feelings for anyone, yet. As you can imagine, that came as a shock for Tachi. The next day, the group heard about the legend of Torun’s Katajinki gingerbread. According to the local legend, a long time ago a poor man and a princess fell madly in love with each other, but their relation wasn’t accepted due to the social gap between them. The man decided to make a gingerbread shaped like two hearts and two rings and gave it to the king, who was so impressed at the way the young man conveyed his feelings that he allowed the two to get married. So Tachi decided to bake his own Katajinki gingerbread, in order to declare his love to Junko, which he made with a “T” for Tachi and a “J” for Junko.

He then went to get the fateful plane tickets from the driver, and asked to talk to Junko once again. He was quite nervous at first, but then proceeded to explain how she grew on him since she had joined the group. From the moment he had noticed she had a “The North Face” backpack, how they could talk about the outdoors and skiing, etc. and then told her that his trip was coming to an end. At that moment, Junko still wasn’t realizing he was in the process of declaring his love to her, until he stood up, and screamed at the top of his lungs “People of Gdansk, I love Junko, I love Junko, I love Junko”.

“I loooooove Junko!”

He then started crying, apologizing profusely for that display of emotions, and gave her the WRONG ticket (he kept hers and gave her his, which he realized only later), and the gingerbread. Afterwards, when Junko was back in her room, she mentioned that she would have liked to get to know him better, and how she didn’t want to get involved with him on a whim. She even went as far as saying that she wondered what kind of face she should make when she turns him down, which is highly unusual. Usually, the producers don’t show such a clear intent from the participants right after a kokuhaku (love declaration in Japanese), so I think they manipulated the editing again to mislead us, the viewers. Personally, I think Junko is right, i.e. that Tachi rushed into this, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


Well, well, it seems Uekki and Chaki are really getting along, and while they were cooking together, they were having so much fun they looked just like a couple in love. Uekki confessed to the staff that he loved her, and by the way she behaves I believe she also has feelings for him. It really looks like they would make a nice couple, and I hope Uekki will make a move soon.

“Ha, ha, ha”

On a completely different note, I hate Wentz’s new Japanese metrosexual haircut, which only echoes the quality of his stupid comments! Then again, what does a bald guy like me know about hair?

Next week we’ll hear Junko’s answer to Tachi, we’ll see Yankumi finally developing feelings for someone (I bet it’s Yokomi), and Sanchan will be inviting a girl for the first time in his life. Now THAT should be fun!(^o^)

:-) Ainori #333 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)