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Power spots of famous shrines; dinosaur drama in Fukui; CM of the week: Fuji-Q Highland

TV personalities with psychic powers used to be all the rage and then they suddenly disappeared because of a few scandals. Who could have foreseen that they’d now be making a comeback? One of the new psychic stars is a young woman named Chie, who suddenly lost her memory when she was 14 and during a trance was touched by a “black shadow limned in light.” She awoke with stigmata on her left hand and the ability to read auras and see guardian angels.

Chie joins Jun Nagura of the comedy group Neptune on the special “Gorieki & Urawaza Mansai” (“Benefits From the Gods & a Full Supply of Secrets”; TV Tokyo, Tues., 6:30 p.m.) for a tour of some of Japan’s most famous shrines. Chie explains these locations’ “power spots” and how to unlock one’s own powers to maximize good fortune. They’ll be joined at one point by figure skater Mao Asada, who is a fan of Chie’s.

NHK celebrates the 80th anniversary of the opening of its Fukui bureau with a special drama set in the prefecture. “Kyoryu Sensei” (“The Dinosaur Teacher”; BS Premium, Wed., 10 p.m.) stars Maiko as Noko, a Tokyo magazine editor who is fired after she gets into a fight with her boss. Deciding she needs a change of scene she returns to her hometown in Fukui Prefecture, which she left many years ago in shame.

As an elementary school student, Noko found a fossil that was believed to be a dinosaur bone and became nationally famous; that is, until a journalist accused her of fraud. Now a major fossil-excavation project is taking place near her hometown, with her ex-boyfriend in charge. Unable to gain access to the project, she takes a job at a dinosaur park for children, even though she hates kids.

CM of the week: Fuji-Q Highland

Yamanashi Prefecture’s premier amusement park has always come up with great ads, but it has really outdone itself with its latest TV commercial. Set to a hyper-fast chindon (traditional street music) tune, the animated spot features static woodblock portraits of Edo Period kabuki actors depicted in open-mouthed terror as they ride what look like wooden prototypes of several famous Fuji-Q rides, including the park’s notorious roller coasters. The catch copy asks, “Is it the great view, or is it the screaming?” Obviously, you can’t have the former without the latter.