The brand new season of Queer Eye is available for streaming on Netflix. Can you believe? However, what makes this season special is its set in Japan, complete with Kiko Mizuhara as the Fab Five’s guide to Toyko. What are fans saying about this season? What was it like for the cast members to travel abroad? Here’s what we know about Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!
Netflix’s recently-released ‘Queer Eye’ season takes place in Japan, entitled ‘Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!’
The wait is finally over. On Nov. 1, 2019, Netflix premiered the latest season of this Emmy-award winning series. Queer Eye: We’re In Japan is four episodes long and features the Fab Five on their journey abroad. There, they transform local heroes and spread the message of self-love and confidence.
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan comes with news about the upcoming fifth season of Queer Eye, which will take place in the “City of Brotherly Love” — Philadelphia. While there is no official premiere date, fans are excited to see Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, and Antoni Porowski making their magic in a new city.
Japanese celebrities, Kiko Mizuhara and Naomi Watanabe, join the Fab Five for these episodes of ‘Queer Eye’
Although this special season is only four episodes long, the Fab Five crammed in a lot of cultural lessons for their viewers. On their journey, the experts featured model and actress Kiko Mizuhara, in addition to comedian Naomi Watanabe. Thanks to these celebrities, viewers learned more about LGBTQ culture in Japan and confidence.
In between transforming their heroes, the Fab Five shared a Japanese meal or two and even hung out at New Sazae, a famous gay bar in Tokyo, visited by the late Freddie Mercury.
Members of the Fab Five reflected on their time abroad for the Netflix original series
Although the season premiered on Netflix this November, fans got a peek into the production thanks to teasers on Instagram and conversations with the show’s cast. During an interview with Deadline, Antoni Porowski commented on the Fab Five’s journey abroad.
“We’d long had talked about wanting to do this in other countries and other spaces, but it proved that what we do, we can do it anywhere,” the food and wine expert said. “Anybody can do it, and we hope that that shows as an example to not only LGBTQ youths, but also our allies, that that message of kindness is something we can all benefit from.”
Fans saw a Bobby Berk design different spaces for these heroes. During an interview with Hello Giggles, the design expert commented on whether the apartment transformations were influenced by Japanese culture.
“The spaces were very, very small,” Berk said. “Most of the time in Japanese apartments, you can’t hang things on the wall, you can’t put wallpaper up, you can’t paint the walls, you can’t do anything to the floors, so we had to get really creative—like, building furniture within the apartment. [For example,] we created lofts without touching the walls. We had to be very creative, but I don’t know if I’d say the Japanese culture influenced it. I designed for the hero just like we do in every episode.”
Episodes of the original series, Queer Eye: We’re in Japan are available for streaming on Netflix.