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“Nobunaga’s Chef  (TV Asahi),” premieres on Monday, Oct. 3, at  9 p.m.

This drama is about time travel based on manga.

A young chef named Ken is mysteriously transported to the Sengoku period and he also loses most of his memories. He is thrown in the midst of a battle between soldiers, and, as both sides think he is a spy, they hunt him down. During his escape, Ken meets Natsu, a young blacksmith girl. Because of his cooking abilities, Ken is soon recruited as personal chef of Oda Nobunaga.

“Hatchobori no Shichinin (TOEI),” premieres on Thursday, Oct. 6, at
8 p.m.

This is the story of seven police officers in the district of Hachobori in ancient Edo. Under the direction of inspector Aoyama, they work together to maintain peace and solve the crimes that plague the locals.

“Downtown Rocket (TBS),” premieres on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m.

“Downtown Rocket” is about a former researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan’s version of NASA) who is pursuing his lifelong dream to develop a rocket engine. Pursuit of this dream causes Ryohei Tsukuda to single-mindedly focus all of his family-owned manufacturing company’s efforts on developing the engine, at the expense of all other projects.

One day, Ryohei receives an offer to buy his patent for more than $17 billion. Will Ryohei sell or continue to follow his dream?

“Dr. Storks (TBS),” premieres on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m.

Sakura Konotori is a gynecologist who is the leader of an ob-gyn team and respected by his peers. He is also a pianist known as “Baby,” who plays at a club in Tokyo.

One night at the club, he stops after 10 minutes of playing to rush to the hospital to help a pregnant woman. The pregnant woman has never had an examination and the hospital isn’t even sure how many months she has been pregnant. Sakura decides to admit the pregnant woman even though there is high risk. He asks the Neonatology team for help. Takayuki Imahashi is the leader of the Neonatology team and he prepares for the woman to give birth.

“Behind the Noren 2 (Fuji),” premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m.

In “Behind the Noren 2,” Naoko continues her training to become the proprietress of her husband’s family’s inn, still trying to earn the respect and acceptance of her mother-in-law, the current “okami.”

This is made even harder when Naoko’s husband Shosuke disappears once again.

When Shosuke is discovered to be living in Taiwan, Naoko’s mother-in-law Shino sends Naoko to Taiwan to bring him back.

During her absence, Shino’s niece Yukiko appears to help out at the inn, and she becomes Naoko’s strongest rival for the position.

“Dotchi (YTV),” premieres on Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m.; repeats on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.

This popular exciting cooking show returns!!

Which dish??? Hiroshi Sekiguchi and Yuji Miyake hosts an exciting cooking contest between expert chefs, cooking two popular dishes using the best ingredients possible. When the chefs have completed their dishes, a celebrity panel is presented with a choice of which dish they wish to eat. The choice that receives the majority of the votes, “wins” and the panelists get to eat that dish.

“Homicide Team 9 – Season 5 (TV Asahi),” Friday at 8 p.m.

Homicide Team 9 which is composed by the few elites, is the most unusual team in criminal investigation divisions of the Metropolitan Police Department. They are always the top as criminal arrest rate. They try to solve criminal cases with struggling and cooperating each other.

“Beauty and the Fellow (NHK),” Saturday at 7 p.m.

It’s a girl meets boy tale with a twist. The girl is Ichiko, an agent for stars. Ichiko scouts a young actor named Ryo and struggles to transform him into a superstar. Although reluctant at first, Ryo begins to enjoy acting, and eventually begins to rise to stardom.

Along the way, the two have to navigate the unfamiliar and choppy waters of show business, which adds constant friction to their relationship. It’s a relationship that begins as professional, but morphs into an emotional one, as well.

“Losing Heaven,” Sunday at 5 p.m.

Bridgette and Ellery are childhood best friends, and their bond becomes even stronger when Bridgette’s parents are killed, leaving her an orphan. Ellery’s father adopts Bridgette, making them sisters.

The best friends/sisters grow up and attain careers they love. Everything is going well until Bridgette meets Jonas. Instantly, she falls in love with him, but he only has eyes for Ellery. After Ellery meets him, they fall in love and marry.

Their happiness is shattered when they learn Ellery cannot conceive. Bridgette steps in and offers to be a surrogate mom through in-vitro, and births a daughter.

Ellery gets into a car accident and is in a coma. Bridgette convinces Jonas to annul his marriage to Ellery for the sake of the baby and marry her.

But what happens to the best friends/sisters if Ellery regains consciousness?

“The Imposter,” Sunday at 6 p.m.

Lara and Sara are conjoined twins who, after being separated, are adopted by two different aunts. Aunty Betty takes Lara, so her mean daughter Vanessa would have a playmate. But living in their cruel household forces Lara to run away, and she eventually finds a kind Samaritan who takes her in.

Meanwhile, Sara is adopted by another aunt, whose abusive husband disfigures her face. After plastic surgery to restore her face, Sara realizes the surgeon has made her look exactly like her cousin Vanessa. Only then does she learn that the surgeon and Vanessa are lovers, and the surgery was a plot to create Vanessa’s body double, freeing the couple to travel abroad and spend money stolen from Vanessa’s husband.

“Sanada Maru (NHK),” Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m.

“Sanada Maru” is the 55th Taiga drama from NHK.

The story about the life of the last great commander in the Warring States period, Yukimura Sanada, whose real name was Genjiro Nobushige Sanada.

Curious and adventure-loving, Nobushige Sanada tore through the the Warring States period and eventually became a legendary commander who even awed the ruler Ieyasu Tokugawa.

He completed the construction of Sanada Maru, which is the last and strongest fortress to defend the most vulnerable gate of the castle during the Siege of Osaka.

“Kuru Kuru Japan,” Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Delicious foods of Japan. Cultured salmon in Tottori, bonito cuisine in
Kagoshima and more!

“Soko ga Shiritai,” Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.

The wildly popular docu-tainment/info-logue that takes you all over Japan seeking out everything from customs, to food and all things interesting. Satisfy your need to know!

“The Concierge” (TBS), Monday at 8 p.m.

“The Concierge” centers around the daily challenges that go on in the lives of the concierge staff at a luxury hotel. Seeking to fulfil every guest’s request, the concierge staff must sometimes go to the ends of the earth.

“Zenigata Heiji” (Toei), Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Like “Abarenbo Shogun,” “Mito Komon,” and “Toyama no Kinsan,” “Zenigata Heiji” is about an official working undercover to catch criminals.

Heiji is an undercover policeman in the city of Edo. He possesses a superior skill of throwing coins.

When a criminal is caught, Heiji throws coins at the offender and reveals his true identity.

“Partners 12,” Thursday at 9 p.m.

The 12th season of this popular detective series.

Detective Ukyo Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His partner, Toru Kai, is strong-minded and rough. And he is excellent in the powers of observation. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.

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