After I spent last month in Japan and enjoyed just having the TV on in the background, I bought a TV streaming subscription where I can watch live TV or look at the shows from the last 7 days. I wanted something that I can just keep running in the background and not YouTube videos that I actively have to select.
I’m still a beginner so at the moment I only understand fragments here and there and I’m looking for content that is either easy to understand, interesting or ideally both.
At the moment I’m mainly watching NHK E-TV. There are a lot of kid shows that are easier to understand (some are fun, some slightly annoying).
Some shows I enjoyed so far are:
Most of the NHK 語学 shows: https://www2.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/programs/tv.cgi https://www2.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/index.cgi
You hear some of the sentences in English/German/French/Spanish and then in Japanese; the dialogue clips are of course always quite artificial and a bit weird but that is why I find them funny
https://www2.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/english/eieigo/ Saturday 11: 00-11: 20 am
https://www2.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/english/otokiso/ Tuesday 1: 00 ~ 1: 40 am
ねほりんぱほりん http://www4.nhk.or.jp/nehorin Wednesday 11:00 pm => an interview show with mole & pig puppets
I can’t properly describe what I find so funny about it but I love it; yesterday, they were talking very seriously about being helicopter parents
地球ドラマチック http://www4.nhk.or.jp/dramatic Saturday 7:00 pm => documentaries
often you still hear the original English audio in the background together with the Japanese voiceover, so it is almost like subtitles; wouldn’t want this all the time but nice every once in a while
http://www.mbs.jp/p-battle/ Thursday 7:00 pm on MBS: a talent show about culture related topics? I’ve seen caligraphy and haikus so far, that was nice
But there are so many other channels and I’m a bit overwhelmed with the selection. I did for example also enjoy some cooking and travel shows while I was in Japan but I didn’t find the best channel for that kind of content yet.
What shows do you like and which channels are they on?