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 …

Jonathan Van Ness on being HIV positive: ‘It gave me a reason to really fight’

The charismatic star of hit TV show Queer Eye had a troubled and chaotic early life. Here, for the first time, he talks about his journey back from the brink and his life with the virus The words smoky lavender appear twice in Over the Top, a memoir by Queer Eye, the hyperventilating makeover show in which he stars. The first time it is used to describe the skin colour of a gun-toting meth addict he encounters during a stint as a sex worker in Tucson. The second to describe the colour of the thigh-high boots worn by the hair stylist at a salon he lands at in Los Angeles in 2008. He is 19. Later, First Wives Club, a …