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TV Asahi’s “Before/After” (Sun., 6:57 p.m.) is single-handedly responsible for the “reform boom.” The show has inspired thousands of families to remodel their homes into something more livable and aesthetically pleasing.

Last year, the program went overseas for the first time and brought a Japanese designer to Paris to remodel an old apartment. This week’s two-hour special visits Germany and California. In the city of Kassel, a family needs its huge, overgrown garden tamed with the help of a Japanese landscape artist. In Los Angeles, a couple is renovating their home with a local architect, but they want their children to be familiar with Japanese culture and ask a Japanese designer to work with the architect.

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