If you have a Roku or any other smart TV stick at home, you should definitely add the Rakuten Viki channel to your list. It is home to a large number of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese TV shows, and it is free to watch (although there are some ads you have to watch).
Also, the great thing about Rakuten Viki is that all of the shows on it have English subtitles, so it is incredibly useful if you are trying to learn an Asian language. In addition to having English subtitles, most of the shows are also really entertaining shows that you cannot find anywhere else.
One example of a great show that is on Rakuten Viki is my previously recommended Criminolgist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa. Still, I have watched many shows on Viki, and they all seem to be high quality; also, they have a star rating system which is really helpful to find shows you may like.
Rakuten is a large e-commerce platform in Japan (you can think of it as the Amazon of Japan). If you think you have heard of it before, you may have seen Rakuten’s logo on the jerseys of the Golden State Warriors. They have many other things besides just Viki, but I have never actually used any of it.
If you are tired of watching American shows, or are just a fan of watching Asian TV shows in general, be sure to give Rakuten Viki a look. It is probably the best (legal) channel to watch Asian dramas on!
Rakuten Viki Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!