Wondering about Ainori #299?

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 #299 will be aired on Fuji TV next Monday @ 23:00. You can watch the trailer here.

For the time being, my translation for Ainori #297 / #298’s photo captions is ready. Enjoy!

:-) Ainori 297 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)


:-) Ainori 298 (2 Hour Special) – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)

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3 Responses to “Wondering about Ainori #299?”

  1. chipper1jp Says:

    I just found your Ainori reports a week ago. They’re a good review and fun to read. They also help me to catch what I missed, as I am not completely fluent in Japanese.

    I can usually get the gist of each scene, and grasp the broader topics; but it sure is nice to have help with the details.

    Now I will have to figure out that streaming business. (I think that I may be able to grasp that torrent stream someday.) Until then, I will just have to continue to rely on the post to get my Ainori DVDs.

    You know, I wonder whether this show could attract a following if it were syndicated in non-Asian countries… Of course then again, the love wagon would have a hard time remaining as non-descript as a pink bus can. It might be difficult to run the show if the participants become too world-famous.

  2. JennyCubachi Says:

    Thank you for your informative posts. I watched Ainori 6 years ago (or longer, I believe) and watched it religiously ever since. Although I don’t understand the Japanese language, I do pick up the communication through the nonverbals and the minute amount of Japanese words I understand.
    In any case, this show is gradually aiding me for learning Japanese. I plan on going to school in Japan for a year. I believe the best way to learn a language is by living in the land of origin.
    Also, Ainori is a very enjoyable show. The drama and comedy are entertaining. I loved the episodes of when the Ainori team went to Cuba (My parents’ homeland) and when they came to New York where I currently reside.
    Thanks Mr. Bouchard for your information and taking the time to translate the episodes. I know it must take some time.
    Arigato!

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