This is a popular program on TV Tokyo at 6.30 pm on Mondays.
Many students tell me they watch it and enjoy seeing the many kind of visitors who are coming to Japan on holiday or business, or for family reasons.
Finally this week I started watching it.
Kind of fun!
There was a French family with a 9 hours transit stop-over who were planning to stay inside Narita the whole time - until the reporter took them into Tokyo for a quick Japan-experience.
There was a British break dancer coming to a competition in Osaka, there was an Australian guy coming to see his girlfriend, there was a group of Finnish teenagers on language studies and a Ghanaian professional dancer coming to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time and talk about marriage.
I liked the variety of the interviews - there was more focus on one or two people, but sometimes just a few minutes of chat with others. Also I liked that the visitors were given time to talk about themselves - many Japanese TV programs ask foreigners stupid questions like: Do you like Japan? Do you like Japanese food? - to people who have just arrived and seen nothing but the airport and the hotel.
Some people in the foreign community here don't like this TV program - saying it only adds to the image that foreigners come here for a short time and then leave, ignoring the many thousand of non-Japanese who live and work here all their lives.
But I disagree, it IS just an entertainment show and actually shows that people come here for more than temple-sightseeing and manga. People come to work, compete, learn and fall in love.
** And this week one corner of the show about foreigners who live in small villages was about Akagawa near Kiroro. The TV reporter found a Polish woman living with her Japanese boyfriend and a Japanese/American little girl on summer holiday visiting to the village shop.
Me? Why did I come to Japan?
More than 20 years ago I arrived one cold March morning at Narita, wearing a skirt and sandals, on a flight from Thailand.
I came here on the last place of my round-the-world ticket. I'd always wanted to come to this country, after seeing pictures in the National Geographic magazine of a modern AND traditional country.
Only planned to spend 3 weeks here. 10 days later I had got a job at an English school in Saitama....and 21 years later here I still am.