Million Yen Women: Netflix review

Million Yen Women, A Japanese Drama to Binge?


I wasn’t really expecting much when I happened upon Million Yen Women.

On a whim, I gave it a chance without really knowing what it was about – and I’m glad I did because Million Yen Women turned out to be quite entertaining.

And although it does have a rather unrealistic premise, it does manage to pull it off well enough to keep you watching.


The Story


The drama revolves around a published but failing Author known as Shin. A flashback to one year ago shows when five young women are invited to live with him. No one knows who sent the invitations or why, only that there is a list of rules that must be followed.


Each female member must pay one million yen in rent to Shin each month (wow!).
Shin must take care of meals and house chores.
Shin is not allowed to ask the women any questions.
Shin is not allowed to enter any of the women’s rooms.


It’s a pretty strange situation, but things get even stranger when the deaths start coinciding with the success of Shin’s latest novel.

I know… it’s pretty far-fetched, but the drama is based on a manga.

Considering how cheesy and cheap Japanese dramas can get when someone decides to get some easy ratings by basing it on a popular manga or anime, it really isn’t too bad.


So as long as you take it with a pinch of salt, you should really enjoy it – you might even binge it in a single night.


The Cast


As for the actors, there might be a few cast members you recognise.

The character of Shin is played by the lead singer of the rock band ‘Radwimps’.

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The bad-ass female member of the group is played by Rila Fukushima (Wolverine, Ghost in a Shell).

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Another member is played by Rena Matsui (SKE48, AKB48 idol group).

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So if you’re looking for something to watch, or just want to practice listening to Japanese, I recommend give Netflix’s Million Yen Women a go.


Click here to watch the Netflix trailer.

Airnori Love Wagon: Asian Journey – Netflix Review

Ainori Lovewagon, A Show You Can’t Help But Like

‘Ainori Lovewagon: Asian Journey’ is one of those shows that takes you by surprise – you probably shouldn’t like it, but you fall in love with it.

It has a fairly simple premise with the aim being to find love while travelling together.

Four men and three women travel around Asia in a pink van (known as the Ainori Love-wagon) until they fall in love with another member.

When they fall in love, they ask that member to end their journey and return to Japan with them.

If they say yes, they kiss and go home together.
If they say no, the person who confessed their feelings goes home alone.

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Ainori Has Genuine Moments

There are a few things that really make this reality TV program special.

Unlike much of TV these days, the members are not picked on their good-looks and camera suitability; instead, they pick rather odd characters who have little to no love experience whatsoever.

As a result, you get to see ‘ordinary’ people disagree, fall in love, and genuinely mature into better people.

Yes, there are plenty of cringe-worthy moments, like when a member has too much to drink and says too much; and yes, many members feel the stress of having a camera on them 24/7, but there are some really inspiring moments, too.

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Fighting aside, It really is quite amazing how much some of these characters mature in the short time they appear on the show. And you, the viewer, will feel this, too.


The show is also a great way to touch up on your rusty Japanese and get a close-up look at the different social statuses between members of a group.

While it may be different to something like Terrace House, you should definitely give this show a chance.

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Learn Japanese with Terrace House (Netflix)

Netflix and Japanese

Netflix is quite amazing. For a rather low price, you can watch a huge array of new and old TV programs and movies. Not only that, but each subscription allows you to have three accounts?!

I’m not trying to advertise Netflix here, rather I’ve only been using it a couple of weeks, so I’m still a newcomer (unlike pretty much everyone else in the world).

Anyway, I’m not in Japan right now, but I still feel like watching Japanese shows as a form of maintenance (to try and keep my memory from forgetting as little Japanese as possible). That’s when I came across a TV show called “Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City”. Apparently, there is an American version of it, so some of you may be familiar with it.

Now, you might like reality television – romance, arguments, and cringe-worthy at every turn… Or you could be someone like me, who when they hear the word “Big Brother” think ‘what a load of old potatoes’ (that’s me keeping the blog PG).


However, Terrace House has grown on me. I actually started enjoying it – should I be feeling ashamed now?

So what’s it actually about?

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The main idea of the show is simple. You move into a house that has three male members and three female members. You still work and go out whenever you feel like it, just when you come home, you’re welcomed by five other members and a house full of cameras. Many of the members sign up for the show with the idea of finding love.


Can you learn by watching?

However, the main reason I chose this program was because it came with Japanese subtitles. Your Japanese won’t improve if you watch it with English subtitles, but Japanese subtitles will give your brain that little extra push to pick up what everyone is saying. And what’s even better – all you have to do is look at the subtitles when you don’t know a word, type it into a Japanese dictionary, and bingo – you’re actually studying.


Japanese isn’t the only thing you can learn from the show though. What I’ve been finding more interesting is looking at the behaviors, gestures, and manners of each of the appearing members. I think it’s a good insight into how Japanese people are when they’re not talking to a foreigner.


Anyway, those were my thoughts on Netflix’s “Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the Big City”.

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