Jun to Ai

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Jun to Ai
GenreDrama
Written byKazuhiko Yukawa
Directed byYoshiro Yukawa
StarringNatsuna
Shunsuke Kazama
Aiko Morishita
Mokomichi Hayami
Maryjun Takahashi
Shu Watanabe
Mayumi Wakamura
Kimiko Yo
Tetsuya Takeda
Hiroshi Tachi
Opening theme"Ichi-ban hika Kuni" by HY
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes151
Production
Producer(s)Toshihiko Yamamoto
Running time15 minutes
Production company(s)NHK Osaka
Release
Original networkNHK
Original releaseOctober 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) – March 30, 2013 (2013-03-30)
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Jun to Ai

Jun to Ai (純と愛) is a Japanese television drama series. It debuted on October 1, 2012, and was broadcast until March 30, 2013.[1] It is about a girl named Jun Kanō, raised in Miyakojima, Okinawa, who moves to Osaka to work in a hotel. There she meets a man named Itoshi Machida, with whom she falls in love.[1] It is the 87th NHK Asadora.

Synopsis[edit]

Jun Kanō was raised in Miyakojima, where her grandfather ran a small hotel that inspired her life's ambition to create a hotel that would serve as a "magical land" for people. Often fighting with her father Zenkō, Jun went to Osaka for college and eventually finds work at the Osaki Plaza Hotel, where she often gets in trouble for her unorthodox ways.

In Osaka she meets an odd young man, Itoshi, who can't look straight at people because he says he can read people's inner feelings. First finding him weird, Jun eventually becomes attracted to Itoshi, who himself falls in love with Jun, even though her name reminds him of his dead twin brother Jun. The two ultimately get married against the objections of his mother Taeko, a powerful lawyer who rules over her family with an unloving, iron fist. It is Taeko who helps a foreign company take over the Osaki Hotel, ruining Jun's dreams for that hotel.

Finding out that her father plans to sell the Miyakojima hotel, Jun and Itoshi move back to Okinawa, but they fail to prevent the sale. Depressed, Jun wanders back to Osaka and by chance ends up at the Satoya Hotel, a rundown but friendly inn catering to people from Okinawa. Jun decides to make Satoya her "magical land" but has to face many problems along the way. Having helped bring her brother Tadashi and his Filipina girlfriend Mariya together, she has to repair their marriage when Tadashi has an affair. She helps Taeko when she has a nervous breakdown at Satoya. When her mother Harumi begins to show signs of Alzheimer's disease, Jun and Itoshi try to care for her despite the actions of Jun's seemingly uncaring father. Zenkō, however, dies trying to save Harumi when she mistakenly falls into the sea.

Another crisis looms when Sato, the owner of Satoya, suddenly declares she will close the hotel, just when its motley group of residents had grown to depend on it. Jun convinces her to keep it open, rallying those around her, each of whom discover a special skill they can contribute to the inn. When Satoya burns down in a fire, however, the shock to Jun is enormous. Thinking that any hotel she works at goes bad, she declares she's given up her dream and will never touch a hotel again. Her state of mind almost leads to a divorce with Itoshi.

One of the former residents of Satoya, however, turns out to be a famous designer who owns a run-down villa on Miyakojima that she offers to let Jun turn into an inn. Spurred on by the denizens of Satoya, who promise to help, Jun and Itoshi head off to Miyakojima with her family to refurbish the villa. Things don't proceed smoothly. Just when much of the refurbishing is done and most of the plans made, Itoshi is diagnosed with a brain tumor and must undergo surgery. While he survives the operation, he remains in a coma. His friends, including the residents of Satoya and the employees at Osaki Hotel, come to the inn to provide encouragement. Just as it is about to open, Jun declares her intention to keep on fighting, believing in a miracle for Jun and the chance to really create a "magical land" at the inn. In the last moments of the drama, Itoshi's hands move and grasp Jun's hand. Whether he awakes or not is left ambiguous.

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Reception[edit]

Jun to Ai averaged a 17.1% rating for the series. It was the lowest rating for an Asadora in three years.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Natsuna lands starring role in NHK morning drama "Jun to Ai"". Tokyograph. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  2. ^ 「純と愛」視聴率全話平均17・1%. Daily Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 April 2013.

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Preceded by
Umechan Sensei
Asadora
1 October 2012 – 30 March 2013
Succeeded by
Amachan