[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.

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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

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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.

[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.  

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(Oh yass, azuki!)

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*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.  

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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.

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[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.

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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.

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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.

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[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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 4

Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 2

Someone heard my cries for a decent romance and gave me Fukuyado Honpo. This must be it. Episode 2 carries on in the right direction. The clichés are in sight, but they’ve managed to change things up in the plot so that everything happens in a different order than what you would expect. A drop of pathos and a dose of beauty also help to elevate this manga-to-TV adaptation.

One of the more satisfying aspects about watching this show is how naturally it weaves Japanese traditions into its plot. Kyoto has long been known for being able to hold on to traditions and yet be a modern art hub. Traditional culture, here, exists just as it was meant to be – without all those camera lugging tourists. For me, it’s the Kyoto I wish I could have seen when I visited. But instead it was just a lot of irritated service personnel, no doubt overwhelmed by the swarm of Spring tourists (like myself, whoops).

I’m glad I’m learning sado, because it really helps me to appreciate the details that are in this show. Like how Kenji bows and says ‘お点前頂戴いたします’ then turns the tea cup twice before he drinks.

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Sado is incredibly detailed (which explains why I’m pretty hopeless at it), and it’s a beautiful art I didn’t expect them to pay such attention to in a romcom. There’s also kabuki, wagashi-making plus an assortment of other traditional elements.

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It’s hard not to fall for the Japan as portrayed in the show, and it is a perfect backdrop for the romance that unfolds.

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And the reason why I say this is because it becomes increasingly clear that Arare and Kenji’s lives and love for each other are tied tightly to Fukuyado.

Arare, having left Fukuyado in a huff, finds herself feeling bored, restless and completely disappointed at store bought wagashi.

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She finds a place to stay (such a beautiful 1LDK in Kyoto that an office worker can afford?! Only in Jdrama universe). She calls her long-suffering younger sister Hana to bring her stuff over, but Kenji appears at her door instead, declaring that he can’t stand how she takes advantage of Hana. Then two seconds later they are having a heart to heart talk. This happens again towards to the end of the show. He comes by tempting her with wagashi (I love that he knows her weaknesses so well), and just as we expect him to confess to her after looking her deeply in the eyes, he slams the table accusing her of having no manners because she hasn’t made him tea.

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This is why the friends to lovers trope, when done right, really tugs at my heart. These two are like a bickering old couple. On the surface they can’t stand each other, but they accept their idiosyncracies anyway. What’s more fun is that unlike many friends to lovers show, instead of showing how these two slowly fall for each other, usually with the introduction of some third party, these two already have feelings for each other and they both know it. It’s just that stubbornness prevents either of them to articulate this properly. And while I am all for slow realizations of romantic feelings (it’s mostly why I love this trope) I find myself really enjoying this reverse situation too. I like how the show tactfully reveals how they got to this point in their relationship.

So far, it’s Kenji’s feelings that have taken centre stage. In one of the most beautiful lowkey confessions of love ever, Kenji reveals to Arare’s mother that for a long time, he would always find one piece of wagashi missing whenever he made a batch. Eventually he came to find that the wagashi thief was Arare, who would carefully admire each wagashi before tasting them. Arare’s reaction is the determining factor of whether he puts the sweets out or discards them.

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The way he describes his nervousness as he watches – his admiration for heradmiration of his craft, just melted my heart. He has so much respect for and dedication to his art, and it informs his love for Arare, just as love for Arare keeps him striving to be better.

I also love that this confession is also his way of assuring the proprietess that there is one daughter who is clearly invested in the business even though she thinks that none of them are.

Arare too, spends half the time insisting that there’s nothing that she likes about Kenji and trying to make him reconsider marrying her sister. But she’s the one that would stay up hoping for a call from him when he suddenly upped and left to Paris for 2 years. She’s the one that is ill at ease with him being pushed from one sister to another, thereby revealing how much his happiness means to her.

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Agency is important for Arare, so she thinks that it is unfair for Kenji to have his future casually decided by her mother. How is it that he could agree with being treated that way? How could he so easily agree to marry her when it’s his future on the line?

I must admit that at first the age difference between Hayami Akari and Ichihara Hayato concerned me a bit. By looks, their age gap is pretty clear, and I was afraid it would have an effect on their onscreen chemistry. But seems like my fears were unfounded. Hayami portrays stubborn, passionate Arare well. Meanwhile, Ichihara’s relative maturity is an asset because Kenji is supposed to be older (and slightly wiser, though no less stubborn) anyway.

Speaking of stubborn, it seems like this is a streak that runs in all three of the sisters’ blood. Hina, beautiful Hina, is proposed to by Soujuro this episode, and we quickly get to see why she said last episode that her first love didn’t make it because “they were too similar”. As much as Hina has feelings for him, kabuki is also a business tied down by traditions – the very thing that Hina wants out of. She tells Kenji that his time in Paris allowed her time to think about her future, and though her rejecting her inheritance would mean that Arare carries the burden, she decided to do it.

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I love how Hina is portrayed in this show. She is not an unfeeling villain. She loves her family, and for years she quietly accepted her duties. It’s clear that she’s still in a lot of inner conflict, but encouraged by Fukuyado’s elderly head patissiere, she takes courage and places her own freedom over everything else.

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In a way she’s going the opposite direction of Arare. Arare seems to hate Fukuyado on the surface, but is secretly devoted to it. Hina tries to feign devotion as best she can, but she has built-up bitterness towards it. Both sisters want agency and choice, but Hina is the one who would follow through with what she started. She is equal parts vulnerable and steely and I can’t wait to watch how her relationships unfold. I find myself really wishing for her happiness. Sasaki Nozomi is also surprising me a lot with her acting.

Next episode we’ll get to see what happens after Kenji’s surprise confession to Arare. Can’t wait – we’re only two episodes in and he’s already confessed that he likes her! Where will we go from here?

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Recap; Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story Ep 2