James May: Our Man in Japan

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James May embarks on a remarkable journey across Japan, from its icy north to its balmy south. He’ll see the sights, meet the locals, and eat the noodles in a bid to truly understand the Land of the Rising Sun.
Starring
James May
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]العربيةČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]DeutschEspañol (España)Español (Latinoamérica)FrançaisItalianoPortuguês日本語

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  1. 1. James May: Our Man In Japan
    January 2, 2020
    50min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    James begins his epic journey across Japan on the icy northern island of Hokkaido, throwing himself head first into the physical demands of dog sledding, snowball fighting and the baffling struggle of ordering noodles from a Japanese vending machine. Despite all that, there’s still time for octopus fishing and learning the art of samurai sword making.
  2. 2. CABBAGE ROLL
    January 2, 2020
    47min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    James arrives on the main island of Honshu, and the beautiful region of Tohoku. He seeks inspiration with a mountain expedition and naked plunge with a friendly wandering monk, battles giant robots, becomes a samurai, gets adopted by some local J-Pop sensations, before embarrassing himself and his hosts on the world’s most luxurious train.
  3. 3. DEODORANT
    January 2, 2020
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    The cherry blossoms are out, and James hits the streets of Tokyo with his new guide Yujiro. As James discovers, this unique city is home to some of Japan’s greatest eccentrics and ideas. From obsessive trainspotters, musicians and baffling hi-tech gadgetry to cat superfans, penis festivals and mind-blowing computerised art shows, James tries to understand what makes Japan tick.
  4. 4. HEY BIM!
    January 2, 2020
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    In his epic journey across Japan from north to south, James leaves bustling Tokyo to travel to the ancient capital of Kyoto. Along the way he indulges his passions for motorbikes, Japanese cars and culture by painting Mount Fuji, tackling the Suzuka F1 circuit and taking a music lesson from a Geisha. It’s then time for a taste of the future as a confused robot shows James around Kyoto.
  5. 5. PEACH BOY
    January 2, 2020
    50min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    James arrives in Osaka, Japan’s vibrant good-time city, where Pachinko gambling halls, incredible street food, and stand-up comedy are all on the menu. Yujiro, his trusty guide, returns to introduce James to Sumo wrestling, after which James escapes on a bullet train to explore the mysteries of local hero Peach Boy. Then it’s on to Hiroshima and the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine.
  6. 6. PICKLED PLUM
    January 2, 2020
    50min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    The final leg of James’s journey from north to south finds him in Shikoku and Kyushu – the largest of Japan’s Southern Islands and a stunning paradise of blue water and semi-tropical sandy beaches. Cycling, archery, noodle making, and motorbike manufacturing are all in store, plus James is preserved for eternity in a creepy scarecrow village.

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    James May embarks on a remarkable journey across Japan, from its icy north to its balmy south. He’ll see the sights, meet the locals, and eat the noodles in a bid to truly understand the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Directors
Tom Whitter
Producers
Plum Pictures / New Entity
Season year
2020
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Amazon Studios
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4.1 out of 5 stars

961 global ratings

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Michael Al-MegdadReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
More Of This Please
More quality content like this on Prime Video please. Loved seeing Japan.
165 people found this helpful
Tim H.Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's James May - of course it's amazing
What do you expect? It's James May - it will be delightful.
113 people found this helpful
VlshrzReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bim
Hey Bim!
114 people found this helpful
bionic lemmingReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show - but stop the Jeremy stuff
Love the fact that James May was diving into Japan. This can be a brilliant series if it evolves into him being allowed to actually film him experiencing culture.
There are some bad bits. James was right to balk at not being allowed to have a second chance at the piano. I personally thought the artwork he did of fuji was better than the artist. I seriously would love to own it. While there were "he haw" laughs with the butt massage, I really would of loved to watch the extra time of him wiring the piano.

The series does not have to have the (at times) Juvenile behavior from Top Gear and Grand Tour. Let them own it. Make series two Of James going places a deep exploration of culture instead of comedy. I'll keep watching regardless - but as previously stated - James was right in the bits where he bucked the halter of script.

And I am a Fat American.
71 people found this helpful
JonahReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
No
No i won't write a review
71 people found this helpful
Allen GreshamReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Starts off good, fails miserably.
This show was off to a good start, and I admit I was enjoying the typical James May brand of pretentious witticism, but early into episode 4, he starts spouting off about what art is and isn't insulting the crew filming the show that's lining his pockets, and anyone else who may enjoy similar artistic endeavors. For all his indicated intelligence, he sure is thick.
45 people found this helpful
John WernerReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Idiosyncratic Brit Meets His Match In Japan...It's Great Entertainment
Personally I like May the best of the “Three Stooges” (wealthier I'm sure than the Pre-Petrol 3). I can relate more to him and he’s less annoying. That said this is a travelogue to a place I’m pretty sure I’ll never go. Not that I wouldn’t want to, but it’s too expensive and requires a big commitment which I am pretty certain all of the stars will never align for. So, in many ways this makes for a great adventure with a worthy surrogate. May connects with the everyman in us all quite nicely.

Our Man In Japan finds James May unencumbered by car-show and time constraints. May is attempting to get a much more insiders view of the entire Japanese islands and the unique culture of it’s people. As far as armchair adventurers go this multi-episode look at Japan scores more than not.

While no substitute for actually being there I find May does and experiences things that I’d actually want to do. His unforced, and habitually laid-back, charm makes for a sweet adventure that at times really connected to me.

All I can say is that of the three presenters Amazon inherited from Tog Gear May is the absolute gem. I can relate to the man. I can sense his genuine curiosity even if he is scripted and edited into some kind of mainstream acceptance. The combination of May and the quirkiness of Japan is pure gold.
39 people found this helpful
Julian OwensReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Watch all of the videos in horror
I dont think another atomic bomb could have decimated this wonderful country more then this video.
47 people found this helpful
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