On Watching Terrace House: Tokyo 2019 - 2020

Monday, September 23, 2019

I wrote an entry on Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City last year, and figured that I would write another, since there's a new season out! I haven't been watching anything lately; I've stopped entirely on K-dramas, but Terrace House can be an exemption. This isn't a full review or anything, especially since the season isn't over yet, but here's a few of my insights!

Super quick overview of the show is that there are six flatmates, three girls and three boys who live together while going through their daily routines. They don't know each other and they come from different places across Japan. This is where we see how their relationships develop, love interests form, and ideas clash throughout the time they live together.

I've only watched two seasons so far, namely Boys and Girls in the City and Tokyo 2019 - 2020 (which is still ongoing!). I'll be sharing more of the show in general though, and won't go into specifics.

What made Terrace House appealing to me was more of seeing the characters figure out their lives. While the conflicts, drama, and love triangles were present and drove most of the intrigue throughout the episodes, what excited me most was seeing our characters ponder about their future. Maybe because I relate to it more now at this season of my life.

I admire how the set of characters we have are always diverse. Some are actors, models, cooks, content writers, baristas-- these are all part time jobs. In fact, not everyone graduated from university. Most of the time they have different interests, such as performing at gigs, ice hockey, coffee, snowboarding, cooking, and many others. They're true to their passions and they talk about it openly, as if it's the most natural thing to do. It's a nice idea to play with, getting to explore all these different interests and pursuing them; if one thing doesn't work out, then it's alright because they're able to move on to the next.

Not that it's an entirely easy feat. We see our characters have their own internal struggles, and it's during these vulnerable times that their flatmates offer each other advice and comfort one another. It's nice to see that they're not alone, and it also helps that they have age gaps, because we hear many perspectives and insights.

Then there's me, who's living vicariously through the lives of these characters. Not that I wish I was them, but watching the whole show just inspired me. And maybe particularly this season inspired me a bit more than I thought it would? I was talking to my colleague the other day about it, and we basically talked about it nonstop and even rewatched my favorite episodes together. For me personally, seeing them try out new things, make mistakes, reach out to others, and learn from experience inspires me to do even more of the same.

I grew up with a traditional mindset, owing it mostly from my upbringing and from the society I was raised in. It's ideal to graduate from university and land a stable office job. Here from where I am there's not much creative opportunities, or even time for a gap year to figure things out. It would feel burdensome towards my parents who invested so much on my education, so I must get a corporate office job! - I think this is the mindset of the people in my circle.

But was I wise enough while in high school? Did I get all the experience I needed back in college and knew what I really wanted when I entered the workforce? No, I didn't, and much like the characters in Terrace House, I'm still figuring things out. Sometimes when people in real life tell me, you know what, you're still young, you still have your whole life ahead of you to figure things out. I don't understand them, in fact it sometimes it annoys be a little bit because I feel like time is so fast. But then watching the show, seeing how they're all in their early twenties and thirties, still figuring life out, that somehow made me think: hey, they're still young, and they're doing all the things they want to do. So why can't I? (of course the good, beneficial things.. with calculated risks). 

I want to actively work on exploring more opportunities, seeing how far my writings can go, and engaging in activities that I know would be value-adding not just for myself, but for those around me as well. I guess in the process of figuring things out, my concept of time gets warped so easily. Who knew that watching this variety show would help me realize that while I'm concerned about the time going by so fast, I might miss out on all the moments that led me to where I am now, and to explore more.

Dear reader, do you watch Terrace House? What do you like about it? Let me know! I'd love to hear your insights too.



  1. I LOVE Terrace House and I just finished watching Opening New Doors yesterday!! I'm just getting into the Tokyo season and I think it's really exciting to see people meet for the first time and try to get used to the unusual living situation that reality tv has put them in. After hearing you talk about the characters, I didn't even realize that many of the cast members have such diverse jobs and are in transitional periods of their life which really is inspiring. And it's also interesting that the show can change your mindset about jobs in that way because it is all about trying new things and taking advantage of the time we have now. I love your thoughts! ♡

    1. Awesome!! I finished the Tokyo season and now I'm watching Opening New Doors :") this show is one of the shows I really like and I surprisingly get interesting life insights from; it's always such a joy to watch! I'm glad to know you watch it too ♡♡♡