Like the last time I was interviewed for TV, it was a funny coincidence.
When I checked out of my hotel in the morning, one of the Hotel's staff came over, asking me if I had some time now because NHK was here and they wanted to make an interview with a foreigner about Japanese food for the new 'Japan Brand'-series of the show 'Japan Special'.
So because I had time, I said 'yes'. Then the friendly director, who was at my hotel did some phone calls, called a taxi and we went to the big SEIBU department store near Ikebukuro station.
There the film crew and the host of the show, the TV personality Jon Kabira where waiting and we did the shooting and interview in somewhat like 10 minutes. XD
We walked through the luxurious food court of SEIBU and talked about how beautiful japanese food is etc. In TV the scene was only 1 minute long XD
But that's pretty normal in TV, when my best friend and me had a little extra part in a movie back then, the shooting for the movie went from 7h until 22h and the scene inside the film was only like 5 minutes long XD
Afterwards Mr S. bought some expensive cookies for me as a thank-you gift and then I went to Odaiba to meet my friends^^
In the context of the Olympics 2020 and the 'Cool Japan'-campaign, the show broaches the issue of what could be considered as 'Japan brand' because for the Olmypics Japan wants to make Japan more interesting (even more?? XD) to tourists and I think it also wants to get away from the 'TVs, Geisha, Manga, Anime - that's all'-image and show that it has to show a lot more stuff than those clichés.
You might have heard of the term "Cool Japan". I've learned about the context of 'Cool Japan' already in my culture classes at my university in Germany so I want to talk a bit about it.
So now some Japan's history lessons!! :DD
Since the 1990s, Japan's pop culture grew and grew and got more and more popular all over the globe. Irrespective of disasters, economic difficulties etc. the japanese pop culture has become bigger and bigger.
In the Japan the term 'Cool Japan' first appeared in 2002 and from then it's used to describe and advertise the japanese pop culture.
So 'Cool Japan' mostly refers to J-Pop, Anime, Manga, Cosplay, fashion, Games etc. but pop culture isn't the only thing about Japan, isn't it XD
So Japan wants to become more interesting to tourists and foreigners on many different levels so they are now trying to figure out what could be described as 'Japan brand'.
So for example japanese food and the japanese food industry where everything has to be beautiful and nice, as well as seasonal food etc.
So this first show was about japanese food and how foreigners think about it.
It was a bit funny because the title of the interview with me was something like "Foreigners are surprised/Japanese Department". And I had to act like I saw all the japanese food for the first time XDD Well, I love japanese food and I also cooked in Germany a lot of japanese food and I'm living in Japan since half a year so it was not really 'new' or surprising to me^^;
But however, it was a funny experience and I'm very thankful for having the chance to make more experiences^^