They’re so unique in their style and form, that among fans, they’ve been attributed the name J-Drama. The J stands for Japan or Japanese. (There’s also a Korean version called K-Drama, and some others.)
But I think, what I like most about them is that they remind me that there’s other cultures aside from our Western Standardized Hollywood society. Cultures, which are just as blooming, just as vibrant and in many ways maybe even better than my own. In the mindset of post-imperialism that most of us live in (“we have to bring democracy and our way to the entire world”) it’s easy to forget sometimes that there’s a world outside of Hollywood. A world, that in many ways outshines us, but that we can’t see because we choose to keep living in a dream called exceptionalism.