Best Japanese TV Shows to Watch: Hana Yori Dango

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Hana Yori Dango is a Japanese show that I had heard several of my friends mention, as well as a couple of blogs which mentioned the most popular Japanese shows. Hana Yori Dango is based on a manga, and the story is so popular that there are Korean, Taiwanese, and Chinese versions to go along with the Japanese version.

Hana Yori Dango came out in 2005, so it is a really old show (definitely not in HD). The story of Hana Yori Dango is about Makino Tsukushi (Mao Inoue), who is a girl from a poor family who gets into the most prestigious high school in Japan. While there, she encounters F4, who are the four richest boys who run the entire school. It is a pretty typical Japanese love story, but there are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.

The leader of F4 is Tsukasa Domyoji, who is played by Jun Matsumoto. As I mentioned in my previous post about 99.9 Criminal Lawyer, Matsumoto is one of the 5 members of the music group Arashi. Hana Yori Dango was Matsumoto’s big acting debut, and it is what really put him on the map. Also, Arashi did the soundtrack for the show, so this also really propelled the group to new heights as well. In Arashi Diary Voyage, the group mentioned how they had really struggled for the first couple of years after they debuted; however, I think their popularity really surged because of Hana Yori Dango.

There is also a season 2 of Hana Yori Dango that came out in 2006, and I am currently in the process of watching it. Even though it is a bit old and predictable, there is a reason why Hana Yori Dango was such a popular drama (and why a lot of people recommend it), and I think it is worth a watch as well!

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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!

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