Fukuyoshi Hina, Arare, and Hana are three sisters whose family run Fukuya, a 450-year-old traditional Japanese confectionery shop in Kyoto. This is the story of their individual romances, love of family and sacrifices for the sake of protecting tradition. ~~ Adapted from the manga "Fukuyadou Honpo" by Yuchi Yayomi. Edit Translation
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A hidden gem!STORY (No spoilers)
It was by sheer luck that I came across a random recommendation for this seriously overlooked show and since the title intrigued me (it had 'Kyoto Love Story' in it, how could I NOT check it out, lol), I decided to check out the synopsis and when I read that the show was about a traditional Japanese confectionery shop in Kyoto, I excitedly decided to watch it because I've always had a soft spot for shows which depict age-old traditions and cultures - there is just so much rich history and traditional customs embedded within them that really fascinate me.
Well, this show did not let me down or disappoint me, both from a traditional and cultural standpoint but also from its cinematic and absolutely breathtaking shots of historic Kyoto. This show is a marvellous showcase of the city, of its famous cultural landmarks and of the lives of the people who descend from established traditional families with the grand weight of history and legacy supporting them. While the show does centre around the 3 daughters of a traditional Japanese confectionery and the interesting workings and operations behind it, there are also brief introductions to other age-old Japanese cultural aspects such as kabuki, tea ceremony, ikebana, geikos, etc. And characters all speak with a delightful Kyoto accent. For me, to be able to see all this come alive on-screen was one of the absolute best things about this show.
Within such a rich cultural context are our 3 leading ladies - the daughters of an old established Japanese confectionery shop, the 450-year-old 'Fukuyado Honpo'. The show depicts their budding love lives and it's quite interesting to see how each girl grows into her own skin through their different characters and personalities. Their own love interests present different challenges to them and it's quite the ride to see how each couple work through their own issues and their own imperfections.
There is one thing worth mentioning though - a lot of the characters have one thing in common which is being TIGHT-LIPPED. Perhaps this is a natural result of living in a city so steeped in ancient culture and traditions but our characters all tend to hide away their thoughts, feelings and their emotions, maintaining a strict sense of decorum and propriety as far as they are able. This problem seems to be prevalent in almost all our characters and is the source of bulk of the conflicts within the show. It can be a source of frustration for viewers but patience is a virtue because thankfully our characters learn to work through their weaknesses and grow into better understanding of themselves and their partners. The ride can occasionally be rough but there are rainbows after the storm!
The OST for this show consists mainly of our opening and closing songs which are lively and catchy and very memorable. I particularly LOVED the closing song - the way it comes in at the end of the episode always lands with impact and gives additional oomph to the drama.
This was one rich, meaningful, breathtakingly beautiful and heart-warming show. I loved the setting, I loved the characters and I loved being able to join them on a journey as they discover love and also more about themselves! Totally worth re-watching.
Of the three love stories being told my favorite was Arare and Kenji. I think their love story was well fleshed out. The chemistry between the actors is very much apparent and well acted even when they are arguing. Theirs was the most natural/realistic love story. I just wish there was more physical intimacy ( holding hands, kissing, etc.... my major gripe with J-dramas in general). Hana and Tomo's story was not well explored at all because when he moved away he didn't respond to her letters until the end. This was the love story I wanted to see develop the most but it was cut short before it even got to take off. There was the missed opportunity to show a teenage long distance romance in Japan but ...oh well... As a result, their end just wasn't satisfying or realistic. The worst, unexplained, unfathomable love story is between Hina and Hinoyama. The whole weird dynamic between him, his 'sister' and his mother should have been enough to send her running for the hills. I didn't believe she loved him or wanted to be with him nor did I believe he truly cared for her at any point in their story so their end result is just bizarre to me. The only other issue I have with this drama is its pacing. It is a bit slow through out. I imagine that a lot of people would get bored as a result and not give this drama a fair shot. Regardless it's a watchable/enjoyable drama.