[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 5

Well this certainly took awhile, but I’m glad to be back with a new episode to share. Thank you for your patience 🙂 This one is one of my favourite of the series because it features a lot of cute banter.

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

image

subs | raw (credit) | masterpost

As a recap, here are some terms explained in the previous episodes that I don’t translate:

ojousan – young miss/miss

onechan – big sister (usually how Hina is referred to)

okami – lady boss

image

T/N: There’s a part in this episode where Iori is invited to a tea ceremony. Hana is not pleased with her mum for inviting him, because she thinks it’s her mum of trying to make Iori look bad. This is because tea ceremonies involve complex steps, including what you say before drinking the tea, how you hold the cup, how you put it down and what you say after. Not knowing all that may make the person look uncouth. But Iori still does well because he tries his best, remains calm and speaks as politely as he can.

Advertisements
[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 5

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

I think it’s perfectly fine for women to be portrayed as being supportive of the men they love. I think it’s fair to say that if you love someone you would want them to succeed and do whatever you can to see that they do. But I love it even more when it is a man who willingly supports a woman in fulfilling her dream or doing what she loves. That’s my favourite thing about this episode.

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

image

(Oh yass, azuki!)

 subs | raw (credit) | recap | masterpost

*P.S. My family’s coming over for a holiday, and I haven’t seen them since I’ve moved to Japan so, I’ll be taking a couple of weeks break from subbing to spend proper time with them. I’ll continue midway in Jan. 

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

[Eng Subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 3

I loved many many things about this episode. Hana and Kenji cute big bro-little sis relationship, the beauty of Kyoto (and the Fukuyoshi sisters!), Kenji’s face when he looks at Arare…Enjoy! 🙂

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

image

subs | raw (credit) | recap | masterpost

Note: Due to some video compatibility issues with aegisub, around 12mins on the subs appear a split second faster than they should. This should not affect your viewing in any way, unless you are a perfectionist like me. But I just wanted to let y’all know in advance.

[Eng Subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 3

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 2

This was the episode where I sold my soul to the show. Also known as the episode Kenji lowkey reveals his deep-rooted love for Arare to her mum, no less. Enjoy! 🙂 

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not take these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please hit up my askbox, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

subs | raw (credit) | recap | masterpost

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 2

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo Ep 1

Surprise! We’ve reached the halfway point of this show, and it still hasn’t disappointed me. Ichihara Hayato and Hayami Akari are really killing it with their chemistry. I really love it, so I decided to sub it. And hopefully there will be more people to rave over it with me! 🙂 

I have timed the softsubs to MQ raws I found. I will hardsub them once I get my hands on HQ raws, so in the meantime please do not steal these to modify as captions/hardsubs/streams.

If anyone can supply HQ (720p/1080p) raws, please leave me comment, I’d be really grateful.  

Rules:

– Please do not steal these files and claim them as your own.

– Please do not repost. Reblog / Link people to this blog or to this masterpost.

Thanks y’all 🙂

subs | raw (credit) | recap | masterpost

Two words you need to know: okashi and wagashi

okashi is the umbrella term for sweets and snacks. As part of a Japanese tea ceremony, okashi usually refers to confections or sweets that have a harder, dry texture or are crunchy. Sometimes they can also refer to jellies and other non-traditional confections. You can usually use your hand to eat them.

image

wagashi is the name of traditional Japanese confections. They are usually bigger, softer, and filled with bean paste. You will usually use a special pick to eat them.

image

 

[eng subs] Fukuyado Honpo Ep 1

Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

I’ll be honest, when I first watched this episode I felt a bit meh about it. I think I was focusing overly on the acting (I’ll elaborate later), and the fact that it’s a bit slow-moving compared to the previous episodes. But when I watched it a second time I realised that this episode, like the ones before, runs a consistent thread throughout. The end comes full circle from the beginning plot-wise, and it’s incredibly satisfying.

In Episode 2 we already got some insight into why Kenji fell for Arare. This episode, in a flashback that brings us even further back in time, we see young Arare chase after teenaged Kenji after he fights with her mother and decides to leave the store. She begs him to stay because he’s one of the few workers that remain after her dad’s passing. Though it’s not said, it’s clear that Arare’s passion for Fukaya touches him.

image

We fade back to the present day, where we left off last episode, when he is about to respond to Arare’s questions regarding his feelings for her. This editing makes it clear once again that Kenji has had feelings for her for a long time, and it is in part due to their shared love for Fukuyado.

Of course, before he has a chance to answer, we get a phone call interruption. Gawd let this be the last cliché!

image

Turns out mother dearest in hospital because of a sprain. It’s no big deal, but her being in hospital makes way for us to see just how much the business means to Arare. This happens in a couple of ways.

For one, Arare immediately takes leave from her company to spy on the business and make sure that everything is going fine. She gets caught, by Kenji no less, and it’s sweet because after assuring her that everything is fine so far, he thanks her. Then stares at her a little longer than he should (because deep inside he’s a lovelorn puppy amirite).

image
image

Meanwhile, she can’t stop thinking about Kenji’s words regarding her succeeding the business. He thinks she should face her feelings regarding the shop.

Eventually, she goes to visit her mother, and she tells her mum that if it’s what her mum wants, she’ll succeed the business.

What she doesn’t know though, is that her mum just had a conversation with Hina, who told her that she wished that she would have been a mum at least once before she shouldered the burden of the shop after her dad passed. Hina, seeing her mum, felt pressured to fulfil her mum’s wishes to succeed the business. She tells her mum that she was sacrificed to the shop.

image

Again, Hina’s feelings are completely understandable, and opposite to Arare’s.

It’s a case of misfortunate timing. Mum doesn’t want Arare to have to feel forced to take over the shop like Hina did. But it’s also good because it prevents Arare from using her mother as an excuse. Like Kenji says, Arare should face her feelings head on. I like how the show makes it challenging for Arare. If she likes the shop and wants to be its boss, she should just say so. Eventually she will have to eat humble pie, face her mother and ask her to let her succeed the shop. But that’s growth for a stubborn child like Arare – and I love it.

But before that, she returns home from the hospital to see Kenji in the kitchen.

image
image

As hard as it is, her pride is hurt and she tells Kenji that she finally has an answer to his question. She will not take over the shop. Though quiet, Kenji obviously can’t accept that it’s her true feelings. When she goes on to explain that her mother wouldn’t let her become the next owner, he insists that in that case she hadn’t answered his question. For Kenji, he just wants to know Arare’s desires.

Arare admits that wagashi and Fukuya are her pride and of course she loves the business.

image

The next part just completely melted my stone cold heart. Kenji tells her, “Then take it over! If you love it then stop beating around the bush and take over! I’ll support you.”

image

Haha, I love dying of feels.

But here is where everything comes full circle. As Kenji tells Arare in the present not to cry, he reaches out to touch her head, and as he does, we get a flashback of young Kenji doing the same to young Arare. In that instance her passion convinces him to stay, and in the present he’s able to keep her from forsaking the shop. In both cases their bond in strong.

image

The only thing that bugged me about the scene in the kitchen (despite the lovely framing and gratuitous shots of my favourite red bean paste) was that the kid actors acted way better than Hayami Akari. She can’t handle a crying scene and it was painfully obvious. So that was the only gripe I had. Kid actors though, 10 stars.

Next morning, we get an equally touching scene when Arare tells her mother, that she wants to protect the shop and be the successor.

image

That’s what I love about Arare. She’s feisty yes, but she is willing to listen and willing to follow her heart. Though she jokingly complains about the chores that an owner has to do, she does them anyway, because it’s part of her job now.

image

I also love how the camera cuts to Hina smiling and Kenji silently nodding his head, glad that Arare finally did what she had to.

image
image

Later on, Hina thanks Arare, because now she can marry without any worries. But of course, this scene cuts to Hinoyama seeing the maiko Shijaku at his door. Hopefully this will spice things up because Hinoyama and Hina’s relationship is a little mundane.

image
Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 3

Wow, a Jdrama romance that actually boasts thematic continuity?! Is more than a bunch of clichés strung together?! Includes non-romance related character development?! Is this real life?!

This week reveals just how similar Hina and Arare are as sisters. It intertwines their dilemmas together, while still managing to give each of them their own story. It’s pretty cool how this plays out.

Early in the episode Hina gets a fax (trust Japan to be the only first world country to STILL use fax) from Shoujuro. He wants to meet her in a restaurant at 7 that night. Receiving the fax, Hina gets the lipstick she got from him in Ep 1 and puts it on. From this simple act we can tell that she does have feelings for him. Yet later on in the episode, she tells Arare that it is not suited for her. Why the turn of events? Why is she pushing Shoujuro away yet again?

We get the answer in yet another well-placed flashback, this time of her delivering wagashi to her fiancé Hinoyama’s house. Hinoyama (Sandaime JSB’s Yamashita Kenjiro) invites her to stay for tea in his luxurious home (all the rich boys like Hina, eh eh).

However, seeing no one else around, Hina insists that Fukuyado’s reputation will be ruined if people catch wind of them being alone in his home and start gossiping about it. Chastised, he calls for his helper so that she knows that there’s someone. After tea, he sends her to the door, but just as she is about to walk out, he pulls her in for a kiss.

He asks her if it’s bad for the shop’s reputation that he kisses her. Then he tells her that she and the shop are two separate entities, and that it’s not guaranteed that she’d definitely ruin the shop’s reputation.

I went from “What the heck?” to “Wow this is actually brilliant!” in two seconds. It shed so much light on Hina’s actions and we learn so much about her. She’s still conflicted, but slowly chooses the route that would afford her the most freedom. I can’t help but think about Hina must have gone through growing up, thinking that she had no choice but to walk the path set out for her. I didn’t need her to tell me she hated the shop at every turn (once was enough), and the drama didn’t even need to show me a flashback of her as a child. Her current decisions spell it out well and clear, and as an audience, I am trusted to make an inference. Thanks writers!

Also, I have a feeling there is more to this Hinoyama guy than meets the eye.

Meanwhile, Arare (my dear stubborn mule child) has to deal with the fact that she loves the business, just as she loves Kenji. She makes a trip down to Fukuyado to catch a glimpse of Kenji, but pretends she’s there to help Hinoyama ask Hina where she wants to go on a honeymoon (Hinoyama actually intended for it to be a surprise).

She chats with Hina, who asks her to come home because she obviously cares about the shop. Arare refuses and once again, she’s asked about whether it is taking over the business that irks her, or marrying Kenji. Arare tries to deflect the conversation, but is angered when Hina offers her the lipstick that she doesn’t want anymore. It angers her because this is exactly what she hates about the situation. When Hina doesn’t want something, she pushes it to her. It was the same with the clothes she used to have as a kid, and it is the same with Kenji. Hina by no means meant to say that Kenji was inferior, but to point out what exactly it was that irked her in the situation. Hina and Arare’s disagreement is complex, because both of them have every right to feel the way they do. That’s another thing I love about the show – neither of the sisters are villains.

Unfortunately Kenji walks by just as Arare was giving her impassioned speech (but of course…), and comes to think that Arare doesn’t want to marry him. He calls her out the next day, and brings her to a café which gets their desserts from Fukuyado.

It’s nice how they both talk about the change in business strategy that her mum put in place. For all their childish arguments they are two individuals equally invested  in Fukuyado.

Flipping through the menu, Arare spots a new dessert which is named after her.

It’s such a sweet moment. She’s obviously happy but the girl loves to front, so she asks him what he means. Pleased, he tells her that the dessert Arare was created with her image in mind.  The look on his face when he told her that and when she finally digs in…I swear I melted.

I’ve said it before, but it is the moments where love for wagashi and admiration for each other intertwine that makes watching the Kenji-Arare romance so satisfying.

Walking back, he asks her to return to Fukuyado. Then he says pretty much the same thing Hinoyama told Hina earlier in the episode – Taking over the business, and marrying him, are two separate things. But of course the same sentence has different implications for the two sisters. I love how Kenji says tells her that because he doesn’t want her to feel coerced into marrying him. He knows she loves Fukuyado, and he doesn’t want her to feel that she couldn’t inherit it without marrying him.

But Arare wants to know his feelings. She knows how he feels about the shop, but she wants to know, definitively, what he feels about her. Kenji doesn’t realise it but it’s because she has feelings for him that she wants to know. Proud Kenji (Arare and Kenji are really a case of pot and kettle) tries to talk about the shop again, saying that it’s not like he would definitely get it anyway…Arare sees right through his BS and says, “You told me that you’ve liked me”.

The start of a relationship is often tricky. You want to protect your own pride but you also want to be open and honest. Kenji and Arare’s story details the vulnerable balancing act, and the push and pull, that comes with blossoming romance. They both want the best for each other and they both want each other to be candid about what they really want, but that can be scary to admit as well. I also like how straightforward Arare is in this scene. She’s not some sobbing mess in the corner. When she can tell Kenji isn’t being honest with her, she calls him out, just like he does when she pretends that leaving the shop is ok with her. This show is doing my favourite trope right and I am loving it!

Then there’s how #relatable Arare was all episode! Last episode Kenji told her that he didn’t have a problem with marrying her instead of Hina, because he never wanted to marry Hina anyway. He then surprises her by saying, “I’ve liked you.”

#relatable Arare spends the next day contemplating what on earth he meant by that, even typing in his words in an online dictionary. As a self-confessed over-thinker I was like, “Wow I might do something like that”.

It also makes for a hilarious scene between her and Hinoyama. Hinoyama tells her that guys don’t tell women that they like them easily. So Arare debates with him on whether Kenji’s “I’ve liked you” meant he used to like her and doesn’t anymore, or that he liked her and continues to do so. She pretends she’s helping her ‘friend’ ask, and she’s disappointed when Hinoyama believes that it’s used as a past tense.

There’s also the part when Kenji calls her and she goes into full on panic mode, wondering about what to text him when she misses his call – #totallyme #relatable

Another sweet scene would be when Kenji spots Hana when she walks home from school. It’s cute how he is so doting and protective of her, but she rebuffs him when he fails to give her good advice about boys. In a huff she states, “You’re not a guy!” And he has nothing to say because of course this junior high girl doesn’t see him as a ‘real guy’, aka someone she would feel attracted to. I felt so sorry for him but it was also hilarious. The classic “You don’t understand! It’s not so simple! You’re unreliable!” teenage lament.

Next episode will be a little more Hina-centric I think. It seems like Hinoyama has something going on with a geisha. Hmmm…past lovers? Current affair? I would love to know.

Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 3