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James May: Our Man In Japan (Review)

Sunday, 2nd February, 2020

Bim, Guess What!? (A joke from the show which you’ll understand when you watch it)

James May has branched out on his own and got his own Amazon show without Clarkson and Hammond, Our Man In Japan.

This is of course not the first James May show, with previous shows on the BBC such as Cars Of The People, Toy Stories and The Re-assembler, he’s no stranger at doing TV shows without the other two.

I have always wanted to go to Japan, and I think it’s quite a fascinating place, many people do. When I heard about this show I knew I had to watch it, so I did.

Here’s what it’s all about.

Our Man In Japan is a 6 part series which sees James May go and explore all over Japan. From the north of Hokkaido to Shikoku, Tokyo, Kyoto and more, James takes you around Japan.

In each episode there’s plenty of culture, as you would expect, but it’s very entertaining. It’s not just your usual boring travel show with information, it’s fun to watch, with James May style of humour. He often involves the rest of the crew, which always provides a laugh, and gives it more of a ‘real’ feeling rather than everything being meticulously staged.

James is joined in each episode with a local guide, with each of them bringing local knowledge to the show. The most memorable and entertaining has to be Yujiro, who makes appearances in a couple of episodes.

From the touristy to the traditional, there’s everything you can think of about Japan which is covered. From the serious Fukushima incident, the making of a samurai sword to going to a J-Pop concert and talking to train spotters.

Each show is around 50 minutes long, and there’s 6 in the series, and is a really easy show to watch. I’ve watched other shows such as Travel Man on Channel 4, which is pretty decent, but this series is a lot better.

Hopefully this is the start of a series of similar shows which goes to other places around the world, it would be good to see the same show format but in different places.

If you want to know what the “Hey Bim, Guess What” is all about, you’re going to have to watch the show. I promise you will laugh!

Michael Adams

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