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Affectionate Time (Japanese TV Drama)
AKA : Yasashii Jikan
Kazunari Ninomiya , Akira Terao , Masami Nagasawa , Kimoko Yo , Shinobu Ohtake
Affectionate Time

Language : Japanese
Subtitle : English,Chinese T(What is it ?)
Media : DVD All region NTSC Format
Genre : Drama
Duration : 11 Episodes ( 3 Discs )
Released : January 2004
Product code : 2200231
Other Info : EMPEG Entertainment
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This is the story about one small coffee shop located in the northern island of Hokkaido.

Yukichi Wakui used to work as a successful businessman at a prestigious trading firm. He worked for several years in New York as well as other cities around the world. When his wife Megumi died at the age of 47 in a car accident three years ago, he decided to leave the company. He was only 57. When Megumi died in the accident, her 18-year-old son Takuro was at the wheel.

Yukichi declined an offer to switch to an affiliate company after his retirement, and moved to Megumi's hometown Furano, Hokkaido instead. There he started a small coffee shop named "The Forest Clock."

Unbeknownst to Yukichi, Takuro is working as an apprentice pottery maker in Biei—a town located 50km away from Furano. His father hasn't spoken a word to him since the accident.

One day, Takuro meets Azusa, the lovely Forest Clock employee who has a habit of accidentally breaking the shop's plates and cups. It doesn't take long for the two to fall in love.

Will the wall of ice between father and son ever melt?

Adding color to the drama are the conversations between Yukichi and the tourists and café-goers who drop in the shop.

Hear what other J-drama lovers said about the series.  Source :

1.  One of Nino's Best... [Rating: 8/10]
I know many people didn't like it, but you have to watch ALL of it, it gets very compelling in the end...the point of the story is to understand the relationship between a father and son split between their own rules of life...The ending was fair, sweet too, but it feels like there should have been a little more to it...I don't know, maybe revealing more of the father and sons relationship when it was healed...
Ninomiya does a very good job in portraying the character, although on some parts, he does seem to...miss a piece of emotion to the charcter...
The location was ABSOLUTELY beautiful, Hokkaido has the best snow I've ever seen, and the theme to this drama was perfect too, Hirahara Ayaka is a wonderful singer...
This drama I recommend for people with patients, want to enjoy a calm, still show, and understands the portrayal of this story...^_^
Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 10 April 2005
2.  A very good dorama [Rating: 10/10]
This is the drama that made me like Nino...finally. From the first few minutes of the drama you know that it'll be good. Nino's acting is amazing and so is the guy who plays his father. The drama is slow, but like a cup of coffee, you have to savour it and take your time. The ending left me in tears. Amazing drama, you gotta watch it.
Reviewed by dreamraine on 13 January 2006
3.  Lovely! [Rating: 9/10]
This is a lovely series. I cried a fair bit in just the first few episodes. Such a sad beginning, but what a lovely, graceful ending. Really a must see, with wonderful acting all around and beautiful scenery.
Reviewed by Susan on 5 August 2006
4.  picturesque surroundings [Rating: 8/10]
it's very beautiful and has a very strong setting. a bit slow paced. i just loved it when it nearly got to the end. you have to watch all of it to make a good judgement. very memorable
Reviewed by monta on 3 March 2007
5.  No bells-and-whistles entertainment here [Rating: 9/10]
Masterfully executed with taste and sensitivity, this slow-paced drama is pure delight with its first-rate cast, great music score and a perfectly fitting winter backdrop.
Reviewed by shari on 4 June 2007
6.  Slow, but captivating [Rating: 10/10]
I think the first thing I noticed about this drama was the music. The music is abosolutely breathtaking. Set against the snowy slopes of Hokkaidou, this drama uses Japan's beautiful scenery to the largest extent it can. It provides a beautiful, serenity-filled ambiance. It also, however, sets a rather slow pace - a slow pace that scares off fans who want drama, action, romance, and thrills, and aren't willing to wait patiently for a gentle drama to unfold.

Terao Akira is magnificant in his portrayal as a father embittered by the loss of his wife, and unable to face the son he loves dearly because of the role his son had in his wife's death - a reckless driving accident.

And Ninomiya Kazunari is nothing short of astounding in his role as the tentative son, hoping for the love that he is too scared to seek from his father. Ninomiya learns to deal with his rebellious past and the consequences of his actions, while Terao learns to deal with the loss of his wife.

And over time, the two must come together to reunite - in one of the most touching scenes Japanese drama has seen.

I found this drama captivating, and was glad at the change in genre - for something like Hana Yori Dango, I find it impossible to pace myself, buy would rather watch every episode back to back. But for Yasashii Jikan, I found myself watching an episode a day, and mulling it over before I went to bed every night. It was truly a magnificent drama, and I do pity those who can't finish it because it is too "slow". That is the nature of it, and for those who cannot handle slow, I suggest you seek a faster-paced drama. For those in need of a gentle, dynamically-performed drama, I recommend you take a look at Yasashii Jikan.

Reviewed by summershine on 1 October 2007
7.  Not to be missed, deep and true [Rating: 10/10]
Perhaps the most beautifully told, subtle drama Ive seen yet. Extraordinary scenery and filmwork, first class acting...I could go on an on...........
Reviewed by Eve on 12 November 2007
8.  I'm sorry, but I couldn't forgive this one [Rating: 6/10]
A VERY slow drama about a son who has been emotionally distanced from his father, although actually living physically right beside him since their falling out. To be honest, I was a little disappointed and annoyed with this drama - while the ending was predictable and satisfying, I wasn't moved by it in the way I originally thought I was going to be. And now thinking about it, there really wasn't much of a plot involved but rather a gradual revealing of the son and father's past. It was quite frustratingly slow, and although I usually have the tendency to forgive such slow paced dramas if they finish well, I don't believe the end of the drama justifies the sometimes painful process it took to get there. I felt Nagasawa's performance was incredibly strained and she didn't seem very comfortable portraying her role. While Ninomiya did a competent job, he seems a bit lacking not only in his own input into the character, but the character itself which lacked charm and warmness. The exquisite scenery and the father's acting presence saved the drama from falling into a melodramatic mess. 6.5/10
Reviewed by dekatrain on 11 December 2007
9.  Perfect in Every Way [Rating: 10/10]
Yasashii Jikan is one of those dramas that take you for a slow, peaceful drive down a lane bridged with sweet smelling cherry blossoms with soft light filtering through on the wings of birds.

The story is riddled in a tragedy that unfolds like the tongue of a flame. At first the heat is gentle, and then slowly it begins to warm… then burn. A tale of father and son, I was instantly intrigued by the notion of learning about each character even tho the two never meet until much later. There are various characters that sweep in and out of the storyline and each one is nicely written and incorporated. I don’t think there was a single situation that made me feel a character was being misused/overused or simply unnecessary. It’s rare when a drama is so able to knead importance into each character mold.

Terao Akira instantly captivated me and I’ll be sure to pick up some of his other dramas. Nino managed not to annoy the crap out of me, and I’m convinced now that he is one of the very rare talented Johnny-boy actors. Nagasawa Masami was okay, but I was very grateful for Yo Kimiko, whom I adore.

I give this drama a 10/10. The theme song is beautiful, the filming is beautiful, the actors are beautiful, and the story is beautiful. What more could you ask for?
Reviewed by Wynter on 13 April 2008
10.  Time well spent! [Rating: 9/10]
Watching this dorama was comparable to watching a picture in a picture frame slowly change and move you from one tableau to the next. While the pace was a bit slow for me, it certainly was quite appropriate and used the time exceptionally well to present the carefully prepared set and props. Certainly a dorama that heads off the beaten path a bit in presenation but its well worth your time.
Reviewed by Shindou on 6 September 2008 Acrylic Plastic Acrylic Drain Dish drainer clear dish drainer
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