I have two main reasons for watching daytime TV. Firstly, I am alone all day, so it’s nice to have some noise to break up the silence. Secondly, I was sure that daytime TV would be an excellent source of information for researching how to be the ultimate housewife. My suspicions were confirmed. Daytime TV is a veritable goldmine of information.
One problem I encountered was that at midday, there are two main TV shows: “Really Good TV” and “It’s Ok to Laugh.” Which one to watch? One is hosted by a silver-haired TV superpower, otherwise known as Mino Monta, and the other by the guy who insists on wearing sunglasses at all times, otherwise known as Tamori.
I am not a fan of either of these presenters but they pop up on just about every variety show there is on Japanese TV.
I really wish they would get rid of the dinosaurs and give us housewives some eye candy: Mokomichi comes to mind (he eats wieners on the Alt Bayern commercial), as does Ichiro - I know he’s a baseball player but that can’t last forever.
What really grates my carrot is that daytime TV is watched mostly by women, but many of the experts they bring in, be it for cooking, and even the laundry expert - are male. I would hazard a guess that most of the home cooking and laundry in Japan is done by women. So why not have women telling women how to do it? How can these experts have any understanding of the time constraints and pressure we housewives are under?
In the end, I decided that I could bear watching Monta and became a fan of “Really Good TV.” Thankfully, Monta “graduated” from the show recently - hopefully he is finally going into semi-retirement. But it seems someone has answered my prayers and now there is a new lunch time show called "Hiruobi." It appears to be an “ikemen mihodai” - a visual buffet of good looking hosts, one for each day of the week. Yum!© Japan Today