Japanese Variety Show Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is a recap of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy!
It’s been a while since I was able to do a photo recap for anything, so I randomly picked this episode of Itadaki High Jump. The case this time was very simple: Hikaru, Daiki, and Takaki have to endure -10C temperatures and then figure out which kind of food warms them up the most. Food challenges aren’t always the most exciting thing to watch, but the added challenge of the low temperatures made it more fun. Let’s talk about it!
We begin with Hikaru opening the show as the MC for the first time. Of course, he’d much rather take his usual seat on the end and briefly attempts to sit in Yuto’s lap!
The idea to rotate around MCs for this show every couple of weeks has been a great one. This is Hikaru’s first time in the hot seat.
The video begins as usual, and the three participants for the day—Hikaru, Daiki, and Takaki—roll up complaining about how cold it is. It’s 2 degrees Celsius (that’s about 36 degrees in Fahrenheit).
Then they discover that they have to sit in a refrigerated truck at around -10 degrees C (about 14 degrees F) and eat a bunch of food to warm themselves up.
Understandably, they aren’t too thrilled.
When they complain, the staff explains that this can appeal to people who live in Hokkaido where the temperatures are often very cold. Daiki quickly points out that this show doesn’t even air in Hokkaido!
They start out eating oden as a test run before the real challenge starts. The oden doesn’t really heat them up at all.
Also, the episode kept cutting to this lady to explain science-y things about why the foods did or did not warm them up. But I mostly just tuned her out. Sorry.
So they endure the temperatures for a while and Hikaru sort of snaps from the cold. Amusingly, he even shouts “WHY JAPANESE DIRECTOR” in English at the director. But honestly, the staff really loves this sort of thing. Hikaru should have expected something like this!
Maybe the yelling helped because they briefly get to drink some hot tea outside. This looks like a really moving experience for all of them. Takaki might start writing poetry at any moment.
Finally they try out the first food: a spicy dish called “Super Habanero Chicken.” LOL. The guy from the restaurant even gives them gloves to wear while eating it for protection.
Of course, for people who don’t really like eating spicy foods, this goes about as well as can be expected.
Takaki even decides to make a dramatic escape.
The results are in and the spicy food only warmed their body temperatures up for about five minutes. After about 10 minutes, they’re already back to shivering.
So they next thing they try is cheese fondue. I was rather amused that Hikaru made Takaki give a food report and Takaki was really… cheesy about it.
“Oh wooooow!” he says with a very overdramatic tone.
Once the results are in, they figure out that the cheese worked better and longer than the spicy food.
Now it’s time for the last food but they’re a bit delayed because it seems like Daiki’s body temperature is still higher than the others. As it turns out, when they took a tea break, the lemon tea he drank helped him.
So finally they move on to the last food: shabu shabu nabe featuring ginger! Ginger is the key point here. In the end, the results show that they’re still pretty warm even fifteen minutes after eating the ginger nabe. So ginger wins the challenge.
Back in the studio, Yamada reveals that they staff has some extra footage from the challenge to share. As it turns out, Daiki and Takaki were confused about some food names!
Daiki kept calling chikuwabu as “chikuwa.” The names are similar but they’re actually two different foods. My dictionary says chikuwabu is “flour paste cake in the form of a tube” and chikuwa is ” tube-shaped fish-paste cake.” Apparently Daiki didn’t know what chikuwabu was at all.
And Takaki kept calling the lettuce in the nabe pot as “salad.” Sorry Takaki, but there’s a difference between plain lettuce and a salad!
And that’s it! Maybe it’s just because Takaki is my favorite, but I enjoyed the episode. The staff really does love putting the group into all sorts of strange situations! I’m excited to see what they’ll do in future episodes.
So what did you think?
And here’s your bonus photo: More reactions to the spicy chicken