1. Tamori no Japonica Logosu (every Tuesday, 11pm, channel TNC in Fukuoka)
Fukuoka-born Tamori and a panel of guests pick the mistaken Japanese out of daily situations. Full of interesting tidbits for the somewhat advanced learner. For example, did you know that “moushiwake arimasen” is incorrect? Me neither, but according to their experts, it’s a one-word adjective, “moushiwakenai”, so “nai” is NOT short for “arimasen”! Feel smart when you can get one right, feel less dumb when half of the studio guests get the same ones wrong as you…
2. Anata, setsumei dekimasu ka? (every Wednesday, 7:25pm, channel RKB or TBS)
A little similar to the one above, this show asks guests to guess the difference between two similar words. (Yeah, a whole program built out of one very simple concept, but at least it’s good for the Japanese learners amongst us…) For example, did you know that the difference between “onigiri” and “musubi” is that musubi are made by hand, while onigiri are made using tools? Try telling the staff in the convenience store that half of their products are labelled incorrectly, though…
3. NHK Nihongo Kouza: Shin Nihongo de Kurasou (every Thursday 0:10am – 0:30, Friday 11:10pm – 11:30, channel NHK Kyouiku)
One step above your basic Japanese language education show, this features a small cast of foreigners to help you through each week’s topic, all presented by the fastest-talking teacher in Japan. A lot of useful information for the pre-intermediate student, and well worth taping regularly.
4. Sanma Daigoten (every Saturday from 11pm)
Absolutely no educational benefit at all, just a personal favorite of ours… If vapid discussions about love by strange strange women are your thing, you will be happy here.