In Episode 1 of Recultured, we look at how 2020 ground to a halt through the lens of “Terrace House,” and hear from stars of the show about its dramatic ending amid the arrival of COVID-19.


  • Aya Nogami, international music consultant: LinkedIn
  • Eric Margolis, Japan Times contributor: Twitter
  • Farrah Hasnain, Japan Times contributor: Twitter
  • Kai Kobayashi, Terrace House member: Instagram
  • Lauren Rose Kocher, co-founder Zaiko PTE: Zaiko
  • Patrick St. Michel, Japan Times contributor: Twitter
  • Tom Hanaway, Japan Times social editor: Twitter
  • Violetta “Vivi” Polt, Terrace House member: Instagram


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This episode was hosted by Shaun McKenna and Alyssa I. Smith. It was written by Patrick St. Michel and Oscar Boyd and produced by Oscar Boyd. Our theme music was by LLLL, the sound of Tokyo, and this episode was recorded at the Temple University Japan Campus in Sangenjaya, Tokyo. Illustrations by Ming Ong.


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