Why Did You Come to Japan?

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Why did you come to Japan?
Wh-Did-You-Come-to-Japan filming at Narita International Airport 20131217.jpg
TV Tokyo interviewers at Narita Airport in December 2013
Also known as YOUは何しに日本へ?
Presented by Osamu Shitara and Yūki Himura (Bananaman)
Voices of
Narrated by Bobby Ologun
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
Original network TV Tokyo
Original release June 2012 (2012-06)
External links
Website www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/youhananishini/index.html

Why did you come to Japan? (YOUは何しに日本へ?, Yū wa Nani Shi ni Nippon e?) is a Japanese television programme presented by Osamu Shitara and Yūki Himura, a comedy duo known as "Bananaman". It is a regular programme on TV Tokyo on Monday evenings.[1] The show was first broadcast in the form of two pilot shows in June and October 2012, before becoming a regular broadcast late on Wednesday nights from January 2013.[2] Due to its popularity, it was moved to the prime time evening slot on Mondays from April 2013.[2][3] In the programme, a team of interviewers go around various airports in Japan with Narita International Airport as their main reporting hub and ask non-Japanese arrivals "Why did you come to Japan?". They then attempt to follow the interviewees on their journeys around Japan, in a process called mitchaku shuzai (密着取材, lit. "close-contact reporting"). A question posed for departees is, "What souvenir did you buy?" Besides interviewing people at airports, another skit tries to find non-English teaching foreigners in randomly chosen cities throughout Japan.

The show is narrated by Nigerian-born TV personality Bobby Ologun, with additional voiceovers provided by Daniel Kahl and Carolyn Kawasaki.[citation needed] The programme has featured coincidental encounters with celebrities at the airport, including British actor Benedict Cumberbatch[4] and American former baseball player Leron Lee.[5]


  1. ^ "『YOUは何しに日本へ?』が4月から放送時間90分に拡大でゴールデン進出!MCは引き続きバナナマン | テレビ関連ニュース [テレビドガッチ]". Dogatch.jp. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hirai, Kei. "『YOUは何しに日本へ?』なぜ人気なのか プロデューサーを直撃「キーワードは愛」" (in Japanese). MSN Topics. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "「日本が好きだから」外国人たちの思いに日本の魅力を振り返る『YOUは何しに日本へ?』の多幸感". Excite News (in Japanese). Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ 14回目の放送は・・・ [14th broadcast]. Back number broadcast 26 August 2013 (in Japanese). TV Tokyo Corporation. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  5. ^ 16回目の放送は・・・ [16th broadcast]. Back number broadcast 16 September 2013 (in Japanese). TV Tokyo Corporation. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 

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