The teams head to Japan to play in the mud
"The Amazing Race" is a competition/challenge series that happens to go through a number of foreign countries, sometimes taking advantage of the cultural specifics and topography of said countries, but sometimes just using those countries a convenient way-stations for a game or two.
That is to say that "The Amazing Race" is not a travel show. It's a show on which people travel.
Maybe because "The Amazing Race" is no stranger to Japan and maybe because a full quarter of an episode had to be dedicated to a choice between two flights ostensibly arriving 15 minutes apart, Sunday's (March 6) episode made a very compelling case that The Land of the Rising Sun is a place where people talk funny, dress funny and perform really wacky rituals. Rarely have I noticed the show falling so completely and utterly on its face when trying to showcase another nation and its rituals.
But there were a number of reasons why Sunday's episode was pretty poor. Casual mockery of the Japanese was only part of it.
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