Ethica no Kagami - [2009.01.25] - Yoshizawa Hitomi - A show about reflecting on life: the meaning of life, etc. I've only skimmed thru it, but Yossie does share couple of stories about her personal life. Probably worth translating. (If I get off my lazy arse, that is. Anyone wanting to volunteer, you're more than welcome to do this.
Ethica no Kagami turns out to be a opinion show with points of view from all walks of life--before the show starts, Tamori (the host, in sunglasses) tells us what ethics are and how they are a hint of how we're supposed to live, although they differ in everyone.
The first theme is (from what I can gather, since the VTR was cut off ) pure love. The case in particular is a man in love who sent 89 letters to his beloved. What does everyone think about this pure love?
In this case, Yossi turns out to have the youngest, most innocent point of view due to her age and life experience: Tamori, Wada Akiko (singer, in red) and Torigoe Shuntaro (journalist, foremost left) are all married, while Kendo Kobayashi (comedian, with hat) and Yossi are single. She says that she has noticed, looking at different adult relationships, that love and marriage don't always go in hand, that while you might like someone, he's not marriage material, etc. She thinks it basically should be about being with someone because you like them, but is aware its not always like that (this becomes even more obvious when Torigoe says that his was an arranged marriage, and that before marrying his bride he hadn't seen her more than three times! However, he also adds that he's been married for close to 40 years, and that arranged marriages are not always loveless ones).
Torigoe has an interesting point of view concerning pure love. He believes that the best expression of pure love was written in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and that pure love misses elements from real love--that pure love is not meant to be fulfilled, and that the moment that love is fulfilled it loses its purity.
They end up discussing the difference between love （愛, ai） and romance （恋, koi）. Yossi, questioning if there is any difference at all, comments that love （恋愛, renai）has koi in it, but Tamori says that renai is only when koi and ai become one emotion. Ai is the love you have for everything: your mom, your pet, your house, but koi is the love you have with only THAT person--romantic love, not affection. Ai is unconditional, while koi is not. That is why what mothers have for their children is ai, but what you have with your lover is koi.
And now comes what all of you had been waiting for: Yossi's memories from her first love!
When she was in 2nd grade, she used to play dodgeball with an older boy (probably a 6th grader). Yossi had to move and transfer schools during elementary school and although she felt sad about this she didn't tell him of this--however, during her last day, he threw her a keychain from his department, and from that she knew that he felt sad that she was leaving, too. Back then she didn't think much of it, but thinking back on it she thinks that it was a good way for her first love to finish.
... but where is that keychain now?
"Um, I don't have it anymore. It ended up getting lost during the moving."
It seems the second segment is about a robot that can communicate with people (which seems to be used for hospital patients). They all share their experiences about staying in the hospital; Yossi says that she hated the feeling of having to go to the bathroom alone, dragging the IV along. The sound it makes rolling against the ground would stay in her head, and make it really hard for her to go to sleep again.