So alien! So other!: how western TV gets Japanese culture wrong

From travelogues to Banzai, theres a history of portraying the country as kooky and odd saying more about its makers than its subject It just feels so alien! So other! So extraordinarily strange! So said Sue Perkins as she walked across Tokyos most crowded zebra crossing in the opening sequence of her travelogue. But shouldnt this all be more familiar by now? After all, BBC Ones Japan With Sue Perkins, which aired last month, was only the latest in a long run of British TV programmes inviting us to boggle at the east Asian country. These shows always feature a shot of the aforementioned Shibuya Crossing, items on AI and sumo wrestling, and a concerned interview with an undersexed young …