First of all I would like to say happy birthday to my sister as today is her birthday! We went to have Japanese food at San Jose Japantown and my stomach is now stuffed with beef teriyaki, ton katsu, tofu, scallop...
A few new and not-too-new japanese dramas to recommend. The reason I watch those not-too-new ones is because those dramas are usually very good, so I don't mind watching them even when they're a few months old.
西遊記 journey to the west - Currently the highest rating and most anticipated j-drama on air in Japan. A remake of the famous chinese folk tale. Features two handsome guys from SMAP, lead actor from hit drama Densha Otoko, and lead actress from drama Slow Dance. I just started watching and it is a very lively and funny drama. A little silly, but if you want to get a good laugh and seeing some of the most famous actors and actresses in Japan you got to check this out.
白夜行 byakuyakou - A unique love story about two teenagers who try to cover up their murdering of their own parents, being chased by a smart detective, and a relationship that cannot be found out by others. Very serious tone but very unique and excellent storyline. Many staff for this drama are from the 2005 drama of the year 'Shouting Love in the Middle of the World'. Even the singer for the theme song is the same! Again music is handled by Hikaru Utada's music director. So you can expect some very good drama music.
我Miss係大佬 gokuzen - Starring the very talented and beautiful actress Nakama Yukie (who was this year's Kohaku red-white show mc), this is about Yukie as a hot-blooded highschool teacher who got assigned to a bunch of troubled students and how Yukie influenced them with values and becoming friends with them. Adding more 'spice' to the mix is that Yukie has a background of being the decendent of a gangster group. And she possess excellent martial art skills.
危險姐姐 kiken na aneki - I am almost finishing this one. A story about a big sister who is tall and pretty but has no brain, and a little brother who is smart and not very sociable to people. Their father died recently and the two siblings want to revive father's sake business. During the process they encountered many incidents, met many people and learn life lessons that make them closer to one another.