Thoughts on: Yasashii Jikan

I really should re-watch Yasashii Jikan as it’s such a lovely, moodfilled drama. Every time I think of it, I get this genuine rush of warmth and peacefullness. It’s been my favourite jdrama for quite a long time now. I may have waxed lyrical about several others but it’s still the one I’d take with me to a desert island. 🙂

Actually… I think I may just as well re-watch it as I need something solid and soothing to counterbalance the intensity of Secret Love Affair.

(LJ 31/8/2009)

I just finished Yasashii Jikan and even if there was time to watch something else I didn’t want to. It would have spoiled the mood. I still have this lingering feeling of wellbeing and warmth. Like a friendly fireplace fire. Just what I needed today.

Yasashii Jikan is one of those very slow moving dramas that I’m sure a lot of people will find dead boring. Nothing much happens and yet, a lot happens. It’s just that all the ‘action’ is very gradual. Even when something ‘dramatic’ happens. It’s all so understated and…. well, lovely. There are lots of long takes of people and scenery. And what a scenery! It made me want to take off to Furano in Hokkaido, ha. *g* I really like slice of life type of dramas and films with a slowly evolving story, if well done.

I adored the clientele of the coffee shop, an odd assortment of village types who were drawn with a loving hand and how their lives were intertwined with Yukich’s. There were some quite hilarious moments that never went OTT. I found myself giggling almost on the sly. 🙂 The young couple was sweet and innocent, ha. But it suited with the overall style of the drama. Terao Akira as Wakui Yukichi is really good. He’s the center of the story in every sense of the word. The soundtrack is lovely as well. *wants*

“Synopsis from DramaWiki”
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. –Fuji TV

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