We are living in strange times, trying our best to practice social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For those who find it boring to be stuck at home for the whole long days, the best way to spend our time is to enjoy some TV shows. Japan is not short of entertainment, and there is a variety of Japanese dramas for you to enjoy watching while staying at home.
1. Code Blue
First hitting TV screens in 2008, Code Blue quickly became one of the most popular Japanese dramas. This series has three seasons and a movie, revolving around the “Doctor Helicopter” system, which was placed in Japan in mid-2007. This system dispatches a medical team from a helicopter to patients as quick as possible. The first season of the series follows four newly-assigned young physicians to the system when they encounter different types of medical situations. The series highlights the growth of the characters and the fragility of life.
2. Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)
It seems that we don’t need to introduce more about Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) – one of the most popular Japanese dramas ever since it aired in 2005. It follows the only poor student Makino Tsukushi at a school for the rich and privileged, Eitoku Gakuen, which is informally ruled by the Flower 4 (known as the F4) including four boys who are sons of influential families. Makino just wants to get through her school days as peacefully as possible, but unluckily, she gets on the bad side of one of the F4 boys. The drama tells the story of her school life as she battles through bullying and other mishaps in this prestigious school.
3. Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook)
Released in 2015, Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook) is aJapanese drama that gives an in-depth look into the life of Tokuzo Akiyama, a countryside young man, who is as fickle-minded as anyone can get. He gets obsessed with new things as quickly as he gets into a new hobby and then loses his interest.
However, there’s one exception. After savoring a delicious breaded cutlet, he falls in love with cooking and is quickly inspired to become a chef specializing in Parisian cuisine. Tokuzo goes to Paris to train in the culinary arts, facing a lot of prejudices, discrimination, and other trials along his way. Despite all of these things, he does his best to chase the dream of becoming the personal chef to the emperor of Japan.