Meals on memory lane; “For That Inevitable Day”; CM of the week: Chunichi Shimbun

Fuji TV’s Sunday lunchtime show, “Uchi Kuru!” (“Home Visit”), is the king of peripatetic eating programs. Hosts Shoko Nakagawa and Hideyuki Nakayama accompany the week’s celebrity guest on a tour of eateries and watering holes from his or her past, dredging up memories while consuming to excess.

This week’s two-hour prime-time special (Tues., 7 p.m.) features actor Masahiro Takashima, who during the various chow-downs discusses his famous first family of showbiz, including brother and recent object of scandal Masanobu, as well as mother Hanayo Sumi. Since a regular component of the show is a surprise visit from the guest’s past, we are assured that one if not both of these loved ones will appear out of nowhere.

The second half of the special features kabuki scion Ichikawa Ebizo, who will tour the sushi shops of Ginza and talk about his late father, Danjuro.

Two years ago on that fateful March 11, an estimated 5 million commuters in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area could not return home because public transportation had stopped. The lucky ones were allowed to stay in schools and office buildings whose owners and managers were kind enough to open their doors. The main issues these hosts faced that night were securing sustenance for their guests and keeping everybody warm.

The information variety special “Itsuka Kuru Hi no Tame ni” (“For That Inevitable Day”; NHK-G, Fri., 10 p.m.) interviews dozens of these “refugees” and discusses what people and institutions should do to prepare for the next disaster — which everyone knows is likely to come.

CM of the week

Chunichi Shimbun: In a new series of commercials for Tokyo Shimbun, actress Michiko Kichise pledges her undying allegiance to the capital’s most liberal newspaper. “Suki desu” (“I love it”) she says three times in one spot. In another, she professes to be a “fan” of the broadsheet, as does gadabout TV personality Takashi Matsuo.

But Kichise is a fickle lover. If you travel to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, you’ll see her in ads saying the same things about the Hokuriku Chunichi Shimbun, whose outlook is a bit more conservative. Kichise’s inconstancy can be explained by the fact that both newspapers are owned by the Chunichi Shimbun group, headquartered in Nagoya.