<i>World Journey of My Heart</i> and <i>Homestay in the World</i>: Travel Programming and Contemporary Japanese Culture

Mark Meli

in Asian Crossings

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099142
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206632 | DOI:
World Journey of My Heart and Homestay in the World: Travel Programming and Contemporary Japanese Culture

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This chapter focuses on two specific shows: Sekai wa ga kokoro no tabi/World Journey of My Heart and Sekai ururun taizaiki/Homestay in the World. This raises the issue of generic mutation within televisual conventions: the persona fronting, the scripting and editing techniques, the inevitably collaborative status of the production, and the influence of advertising and revenue concerns. It is shown that the World Journey of My Heart is certainly of a higher educational quality than any of the travel shows that can presently be seen on Japanese TV. It also looks at other cultures through the lens of personal or cultural memory, or both, in an attempt to introduce foreign cultures through the manner in which they have influenced living people, either directly, that is through past personal journeys, or in any of a number of indirect ways. Homestay in the World, while very self-consciously focused upon the traveler featured each week, really functions quite independently of the actor, as the match between traveler and destination usually seems almost arbitrary, with the young talent usually having little to add to our understanding of the other.

Keywords: foreign cultures; Japanese culture; travel shows; Japanese TV; travel programming; televisual conventions

Chapter.  6625 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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