Netflix has started production on a new season of Terrace House.
The reality TV series is Japan’s answer to shows like Love Island, documenting the daily lives of six young men and women living together in a shared house. The show features these six girls and boys day and night in their shared living situation, reflecting modern life for young Japanese men and women, including their friendships, romances, career ambitions and the daily dramas of their lives.
The series were initially aired on Fuji Television from 2012 to 2014, with Netflix teaming up with Fuji and East Entertainment in 2015 to produce new seasons set in Tokyo (Boys & Girls in the City) and, most recently, Hawaii (Aloha State).
“There may not be so much fornication – Love Island deserves some credit for encouraging the discussion of sex away from the cliches of fictional drama – but there’s a heartwarming sense of real friendships being forged (people from differing backgrounds offer to teach each other their respective languages), and of a genuine portrayal of young Japanese people coming of age,” we wrote in our review of Aloha State.
Now, Netflix is bringing the format back home for Terrace House: Opening New Doors. The series has begun production this week in Karuizawa, a popular Japanese resort that is accessible by car or a one-hour train ride from Tokyo, surrounded by nature and Western-style buildings imported after the 1880’s. The unscripted daily lives of six young men and women living in a brand new shared house will begin soon.
The in-studio cast continues to tell viewers how to best enjoy the episodes. The members include Japanese talents YOU, Reina Triendl, Yoshimi Tokui (from the comedy duo Tutuorial), Azusa Babazono (from the comedy duo Ajian), Ryota Yamasato (from the comedy duo Nankai Candies), and talented young actor Shono Hayama.
The show will premiere in Japan on 19th December, with bi-weekly episodes, and Part 1 (Episodes 1 to 8) launching all-at-once on Netflix globally in Spring 2018.