Japanese TV and My Quest to Learn Japanese

I have been trying to find programs in Japanese to watch on TV as the more Japanese I hear the better.  In the past I watched Infomercials but sometimes these just don’t hold my attention.  For a while the only thing I watched in Japanese was the F1.  This has taught me some interesting phrases for describing how cars move around a track but I wanted to find more to watch than this.

In the past month I have found a couple of new things to watch.  One of these is karaoke TV.  We have the Star Karaoke channel which plays a lot of karaoke songs and the Popular Music Channel which has charts of karaoke songs.  Being able to listen to someone sing the words whilst I read them is really helpful.  It is improving the speed at which I can read hirigana and the 200 kanji that I have learnt as well as improving my accuracy.  These programs can be hard for me to watch as they contain a lot of Japanese music that I don’t like but they do play lots of slow songs with the words written underneath.  And sometimes I do hear something I that I like.  Today I heard a group which I think was called “Tenjochiki” which I quite liked at a first hearing.

The second thing I have been watching is the Sci-Fi channel.  I hadn’t realised we had this channel, as it wasn’t one of the ones we selected when we got the Sky Perfect box, but I’m glad I have found it. They have been showing Buffy the Vampire Slayer dubbed in Japanese.  I have all of Buffy on DVD so I have been watching the episodes in English and then watching the Japanese versions.  These are really hard for me to understand but I am starting to understand some of the things being said.

What I would really like to find is something that was made in Japanese that is interesting enough for me to watch even if I can’t understand most of it.  Most people suggest anime but so far I haven’t found any I like.  And I can’t even easily tell people what I have been watching as I can’t read the titles of the programs!

2 Responses to “Japanese TV and My Quest to Learn Japanese”

  1. Tatsuhiko Miyagawa Says:

    Do you have an HDTV or a cable box that you can watch Digital channels (地デジ)? If you do, there’re some shows with closed captions available that your DTV/STB can decode. The shows with CC are marked with the green [字] icon.

    I guess the other way to learn Japanese is to watch interesting shows with English subs (not dubs obviously). I’m sure hanekomu watched lots of j-dramas with this way. subs are only available on the internets and not over the air though.

  2. karen Says:

    We do have a cable box – I’ll have to see if I can find some things to watch with closed captions. (Marty is going to find out how we get these to display.)

    I do try to buy Japanese films that have English subtitles – but since I don’t know much about Japanese cinema I rarely manage to buy anything that I end up liking enough to watch more than once.

    I have bought some of the Disney films I like in Japanese and we have a bunch of Studio Ghibli films. Recently I have started to watch some cartoons like Pocket Monster – which I was surprised to like!