When Netflix announced earlier this year that the stars of “Queer Eye” would be crossing the Pacific for a special season of their feel-good reality TV show, the excitement was hard to contain. After four seasons of watching the show’s stars (the Fab Five) lift people (“heroes”) out of their respective ruts with life makeovers in the U.S., I was eager to see the quintet work its magic in Japan while exploring the streets of Tokyo. But my enthusiasm came with some reservations.
Recent Netflix shows such as “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and “Terrace House” have done wonders to bring Japanese sensibilities to international audiences, but I worried that the “Queer Eye” stars, who proudly espouse Western ideas of self-expression, self-love and open communication, would clash with Japanese social norms. Now, having binged “Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!” I realize I needn’t have worried.