The “You” in the title of the variety show “You wa nani shi Nihon e?” (What Are You Doing in Japan?; TV Tokyo, Mon, 6:57 p.m.) is fluid, since it can be used as both a second person and a third person pronoun. In both cases, “you” always refers to foreigners who are visiting Japan.

The premise is pretty simple: Japanese comedians go to the airport and waylay foreigners who have just arrived and then try to tag along on whatever endeavor they are here for. The foreigners who get ambushed this week include a German man who has always dreamed of being a samurai and has come to Japan to take sword-fighting lessons; a Danish couple who want to learn Japanese techniques for tying knots; and a 14-year-old Russian youth who is participating in a dance contest.

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