What is a Japanese soap opera called? Japanese television drama (テレビドラマ, terebi dorama, television drama), also called dorama (ドラマ), are television programs that are a staple of Japanese television and are broadcast daily.
Does Japan have soap operas? Soap operas exist in many countries and yes… They’re also a big part of Japanese TV. In Japan, soup operas are usually called hiru dora which means “noon dramas.” These dramas are geared towards housewives who are at home while the kids and husband are at school or work.
What is the most popular Jdrama? To start this list off, Hana Yori Dango takes the number one spot. This drama is an absolute classic not only in Japan but worldwide. It captured the hearts of many romanticists back in 2005 when it was released and even inspired the Korean and Chinese adaptations ‘Boys Over Flowers’ and ‘Meteor Garden’.
Why is it called dorama? Originally from the kingdom of Telde, he belonged to the social class of the “axicatnas” (shorn ones). They had to wear their hair short, unlike the nobles who wore their hair long and enjoyed other privileges. The name of Doramas appears to be a nickname, meaning “he of the wide noses.”