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    TERRACE HOUSE

    In the show the main scene takes place at a villa where the 6 members stay. The property it sits on is 2,118 square meters large which is huge in Japan. (In comaprison, many houses in Tokyo sits on under 50 square meters of land.) It is located within an area called Karuizawa Sengataki Onsen West Ward. This vast area of woodlands has been one of the foremost places for vacation homes and villas in Japan. In the same district area Karuizawa skate center, Sezon Museum of Art, and a hot spring called Sengataki Onsen is also located.

    The nearest train station is Naka Karuizawa station which is the next station from Karuizawa station. You need to get off at Karuizawa station which the Shinkansen stops and switch to a local train named Shinano Railway and the first stop is Naka Karuizawa. From Naka Karuizawa it is about 10 minutes by car. Even if you are a hiker type of person it'll take you about 40 minutes walk going gradual uphill. The road is not any scenic friendly so taking a taxi or a bus is highly recommended.

    For travelers, Hoshinoya Onsen and the famous luxury Japanese style hotel Hoshinoya is within 5 minutes range by car. If you prefer westernstyle hotel there is a luxury hotel also run by Hoshinoya called Hotel Bleston Court is another option. It is a highland resort with over 50 years of history. Both are expensive but it is known for its luxurious and excellent services so if budget is not a problem for you it is hightly recommeded. For others who would like to seek for more reasonable options there are various places to stay so don't worry!

    If you ever go there, please keep this in mind though. The house sits in a very quiet area where house owners enjoy the beautiful nature. Many wild animals are also seen. Please respect the nature and don't make loud noise, keep your voices down, don't feed the wild animals, no literling, no smoking, break branches, pick leaves or flowers. Let's appreciate the environment with respect. And of course, no trespassing.

    Episode Previews

    1. Opening New Doors

    New members consist of men and woman of 6 people: college student, cook applicant, translator, snowboarder with the ages from 19 to 31 years old. Days with no script begins once again. See venues

    2. A New Experience For Her

    On the morning after they moved in, Yudai treated everyone by preparing soup. How was the taste? Shion promised Tsubasa to go out on a date to Kusatsu. Yudai has interest toward Ami and tries to go out togther but… See venues

    3. Captain Tsubasa

    One night, Shion asks Ami out who has been struggling to take the first step to become her dream as a model. When members visited the Soba restaurant that Tsubasa’s father runs, they learned that Tsubasa lost his mother when he was a child. See venues

    4. The Reason She Cried

    The members goes shopping to the outlet shopping mall. Yudai tries to buy famous brand with his father’s credit card but… One night, Yudai makes Ami cry by saying cruel words. See venues

    5. Cocky Kid

    Mizuki holds ill feelings towards Yudai as he shops using his father's credit card. One night, Yudai and Mizuki have a quarel and... Tsubasa and Shion goes to Kusatsu Onsen by car as promised. See venues

    6. First Snowfall

    Yudai asks Ami out for date once again. Yudai asks Ami to drive since he doesn’t have a driver’s license. Ami goes out on a date with Yudai while Ami gets jittery as the first snow for the season flutters in Karuizawa, but… See venues

    7. I Erased Him From My World

    Yudai is very sullen as his date with Ami didn’t go along as he had imagined. Takayuki gave him a candid advice towards his attitude. Ami even stops talking to Yudai. That night Yudai cries in the end... See venues

    8. A Man With Different Values

    Mizuki meets with her ex-boyfriend who’s visiting Japan and spend the night together. Yudai also goes to meet with his ex-girlfriend who is having trouble reparing his relationship with Ami… And Takayuki gave Yudai a candid advice towards his behavior again. See venues

    9. She's The MVP

    Tsubasa and Shion goes to Zenkoji to pray for victory. The two draws the fortune slip but…On the night before Tsubasa’s game, Mizuki suddenly confesses in tears about something at the dinner table. See venues

    10. The Christmas Assassin

    Takayuki takes Ami out to a cafe where you can get a whole view of Karuizawa but.. Tsubasa loses confidence when she learned about his ex-girlfriend from Shion. And new members came to the house on Christmas Eve… See venues

    11. Best Actor In A Supporting Role

    Soon after moving in, Seina went out to Kyu-Karuizawa with Takayuki. Ami asks Takayuki to go snowboarding when she learned that the two went out together. Tsubasa invites Shion to her parents soba restaurant. Shion who met her father… See venues

    12. If Only You Were Five Years Younger

    Ami and Takayuki goes snowboarding. Ami says to caring Takayuki, "if you were five years younger". Takayuki is happy to hear that word but...One night Shion who was questioned about the relationship with Tsubasa... See venues

    13. She asks too much for love

    The members went to Appi. Takyuki asks Ami out for night skiing. When he was asked about why he only asked her out...Tsubasa goes to Tokyo to buy a birthday present for Shion... See venues

    14. THE BIRTHDAY THAT DECIDED THEIR FATE

    Ami and Shion’s birthday party. Takayuki surprises everybody by showing up with his mustache shaved. Ami however… Tsubasa asks Shion out and gives him a birthday present. Shion is really happy but… See venues

    15. THE MUSTACHE TELLS THE STORY OF LOVE

    Shohei finally went out on his craved date with Ami. However their conversation doesn't get any exciting. Though Takayuki shaved his mustache to express his feelings towards Ami, her brusque attitude was as usual... See venues

    16. LIFE IS JUST A LITTLE TOO LATE

    While Takayuki decided to shut off his feelings towards Ami, Shohei's feelings towards Ami increases more and more. One night, Ami brought up the subject of telling the story she has promised towards Tsubasa... See venues

    17. SINFUL CLEAVAGE

    Shohei waylaid Ami at the station to take her out on the date who is graduating Terrace House the day after. He takes Ami out to the ski slopes and finally confesses his feelings to her. And seeing the the new female member who joined Terrace House the male members… See venues

    18. FLOWER BOUQUET FOR MY VALENTINE

    The members enjoy the chocolate Seina and Mayu made for valentines. On that night, Shion comes to the girls room and takes Tsubasa out. What he confesses to Tsubasa is… See venues

    19. THE SECOND ATTEMPT

    Tsubasa played in the championship match and… After the tournament, when Tsubasa was thinking about her next course of action, whether to stay or move on, Shion tells Tsubasa “will you go out with me”. What is Tsubasa’s answer…? See venues

    20. A FAIRY ON A SPLIT ROAD

    Shion has confessed to Tubasa to go out with him. Her answer was… One snowy day, Mayu was asked about her romance situation from Takayuki and confessed that she had fallen in love with Shion at her first site. Meanwhile, Shohei goes out on a date to make soba with Seina… See venues

    21. TUNE-UP

    Shion notices something unusual about Seina’s face when she got back from Korea. He questioned Seina the actual story but… One day, Mayu takes Takayuki out to eat and at the table… And Tsubasa makes some decision. See venues

    22. VIRGIN

    Tsubasa and Shion graduated and has left. New members are joining. Yui a college student and Noa whois aiming to become a pilot. Mayu confesses that Noa is her “perfect” type. She asks him out on a date soon after he moves in. See venues

    Extras: Commentary Official Terrace House YouTube Videos - YAMA CHANNEL

    Ryota Yamazaki is a Japanese comedian who plays a role of the straight man in the comic duo Nankai Candies. He’s popularly called Yama-chan and plays a role where people banter him and he would snap back quickly with masochistic phrases with a heavy tone. He doesn’t hesitate to say all kinds of things without reserve, including harsh things or even denial about what takes in the scenes or the characters played where normal commentators would refrain from speaking out loud. He’s talk and commentary plays a big role on creating a more enjoyable environment. If you just watch Terrace House which is sometimes dull to watch as the stories move so slow, his dominance as an audience and commentary about the episode through his view fills the gap of imperfection. This Terrace House official YouTube channel “Yama Channel” is uploaded with one video per each episode with Yama-chan’s aggressive commentary. Unfortunately this is only in Japanese but it would be a lot of fun if you kind of feel the atmosphere.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.1「お前、キャラ仕上げずに来たな」

    In the first episode of YAMA CHANNEL, Yama-chan ingeniously captures members characters right off from the start and makes barbed remarks in his comical style. Yama-chan looks at the 6 members with loud personality with his keen look in the eye like a blood hungry hunter were gathered for this season. Ami who has ambition to become a model infuriates Yama-chan swiftly skipping around, Yudai who made his first impression to be a fool, Takayuki who creates an atmosphere like a janitor, all are Yama-chan’s favorite types to mess around. We’ll shall see how things unfold.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.2「ブランド立ち上げたい人、恋せずに出がち」

    The second video shows Yama-chan’s special commentary about the second episode. It seems he has already found his favorite targets Yudai and Ami who have a lot of holes to pick on. When Yudai made a vegetable soup it was commented as “mild and little on the thin side” in a nice tone, Yama-chan quickly snapped “what they really mean is the soup has no taste at all!!” On top of that when Yama-chan saw the scene about Ami and her friend’s grumbling story he went wild with rage. Lastly, while Yama-chan is anxious about Mizuki’s future, he seems to have found already his best target in the second episode. It may not be long before Terrace House meets his expectations.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.3「こっちはクズで飯食ってんだ」

    Yama-chan’s special commentary about the third episode. Yama-chan is got so excited when the news came in that Seina and Daiki from the previous season broke up. His joy doubled as the famous comic artist Eihciro Oda (One Piece is his works if you are a manga fan) who has been a friend for some time has become to see things with a biased view. Yama-chan was in a buoyant mood at the beginning in the episode he has learned how Yudai was a bastard. As Yama-chan lost his confidence as the pro despicable person his anger was aimed at Yudai. After he preached about bastard-ism he switched his target to Ami, MIzuki, and Takayuki and at the end he uttered with anger that no one wants to see such an peaceful home drama. As his anger wanders around, he ends up with Takayuki’s radio show. We shall see if Yama-chan can toy around with them till the end and bring back the essential Terrace House.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.4「クズ界では結構なコンボですよ」

    The 4th video on YAMA CHANNEL. Yama-chan saw new tenderness in Takayuki when he was playing catch with Tsubasa. Yama-chan expressed him that he’s like Piece Matayoshi (another Japanese comedian, screenwriter, and novelist who won the Akutagawa Prize) except with all of his talent taken out, which made him feel some affinity. On the other hand, Yama-chan joyfully makes comments towards Yudai’s fascinating killer technique with different despicable style such as the attitude while applying for a part time job, criticize towards Ami. In the end Yama-chan called all the male members Stupid, Beard, Huge man and presumes that Ami has no interest in either of them. He’s interested in the secret story between Ami and her friend. We shall see if Yama-chan gets to see the anticipated scene.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.5「バカほど、ぽい言葉で反撃してくる」

    On contrary to the teenage ensemble play until now, Yama-chan advocates that Terrace House is becoming to be a “horrifying space” because of a single psycho bastard. Among the “scum world” where Yama-chan fall under, Yudai is at the top of the group and now there is a suspicion that he is a psycho. Yama-chan also gets totally peeved at Yudai as he makes idiotic excuses with a smug face when pointed out by Mizuki who developed doubts from his countless number of scum behaviors. Watching Mizuki who cries in the end and Ami who gives the glazed look、Yama-chan foretells that the “psycho chain reaction” may draw out the members’ dark side by the psycho Yudai. Though having interest about Tsubasa and Shion’s date and where the relationship between Ami and Takayuki is heading, Yama-chan is more curious in how psycho Yudai’s future unfolds. Is Terrace House going to become a “Horror House”? We shall see…

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.6「こんな素晴らしいコメディエンヌだとは…」

    From the opening of the show, Yama-chan apologized towards Ami keeping the posture position. According to Yama-chan, he had totally misinterpreted Ami that she was like a 2nd position bitch in a girls troop because of her bad character, but instead she was actually a victim of psycho Yudai. As one would think that at least on the day of their date they would enjoy the drive and lunch, Ami kept giving the negative vibe throughout but Yudai didn’t notice that at all and carried on. On top of that, watching them go to the adventure place which is closed for the season in the extreme cold weather even made us viewers feel uneasy. After that, for some odd reason Yudai is seen offended by himself. Yama-chan grins as he imagines them finally come into conflict with each other next week. We’ll see if his expectation proves right.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.7「正直に言います、尊敬してます」

    Though feeling responsible about unleashing such an extreme “monster” Yudai to the wild, Yama-chan gives a great smile as if he has finally been treated to a feast. He started off this week buoyantly again! After the date with Ami, being pointed out by other members in many ways, Yudai refuses to listen in such a way Masayuki Suzuki would say “soujnanai” which means “no not like that”. He doesn’t seem to have the slightest idea about Ami’s feelings. Meanwhile, Ami made updates with her friends over usual lunch gathering. Yama-chan who has been looking forward to hearing malicious talk that takes place in the back more than anyone was little bit disappointed to hear soft abuse than last time and roared “go full throttle!” However, Ami started to show an obvious attitude “I don’t like Yudai” at last and Yama-chan unconsciously grin to see the desired “festive development”. Yama-chan gives totally opposite healing soft remarks towards the last soothing partner Shion and Tsubasa probably a reaction to Yudai and Ami. How long will this “festive development” continue?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.8「俺がベジータだったらハッキリ言いたい」

    Yama-chan is so happy that the famous comic artist Oda Eichiro, who is a big fan of watching Terrace House, said “congratulations for his favorites appearing in the show” to him. However with the appearance of both Mizuki and Yudai’s exs Yama-chan seemed as if he got hit by an invisible punch. By seeing Mizuki moved by her ex-boyfriend’s sweet words with a brilliant and perfect rhythm, he develops obscene delusions just as with Ami. On the contrary, Yama-chan said Yudai who met with his ex-girlfriend is pretty much screwed up. At the end, he foresees that he may become the most unmoving graduate in Terrace House history and even starts thanking Ami and Yudai eventually. In Ami’s world where Yama-chan’s voice is probably wiped out, will a day when his voice get through to her come to reality?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.9「今日のことを予言してたんです」

    Yama chan is little upset to learn about a love affair of a fellow comedian over the news who he thought was his best friend. Tonight starts from this pitch dark place. Yama chan has been imagining about the incidents that Yudai will likely to create and even have been jotting down notes in his dreams, Yama chan seems unable to hide his tears about the sudden graduation of Yudai. On top of that Mizuki graduated at the same time and Yama chan was disapproved till the end and saying that he wanted them to show him more happy dreams. In terms of Mizuki, what he had predicted before became reality and having not much memories about her he waved good bye with a happy face. Looking at the following 2 new members, hopes are raised instantly. However focusing on how the new male member is holding the microphone, Yama chan started to pick on him by making funny conjecture that the microphone is attached to his chin. Can the new members make Yama chan’s dream come true which once he had to give up?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.10「お前、カレー馬鹿にしただろ?」

    Yama chan seems to have created a dark disappointing atmosphere from the opening of the episode. He suddenly murmurs “I really hate her.” and his slander toward Ami went on endlessly. The reason for his extensive dislike toward her which he can not express enough just with words is her date with Takayuki. Yama chan could not help pointing out “who the heck do you think you are?” seeing Ami’s distant behavior even at the date scene, His irritation went through the roof. On top that what made it official is the curry that was served for lunch. Yama chan went nuts looking at Ami’s attitude as if the curry was being ridiculed. Yama chan tries to calm himself by making an odd speculation that Ami is an AI in the earliest age. The new members who have finally appeared seemed to have failed short of Yama chan’s expectations in both good and bad ways. How would the members irritate Yama chan next at the new Terrace House that has finally become a chaos.

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.11「あんた、素晴らしい女だよ」

    Although a harsh opinion that they won’t accept laughter created by dissing the person, Yama chan started off this week merrily as he refuted. Right after Seina’s reappearance Terrace House started off immediately. Ami finally started to make the move as she seems to become anxious seeing Takayuki and Seina’s relationship, However even watching Ami’s such move, Yama chan even says showing the cute side of her is just Ami’s strategy. With Shouhei starting to show interest towards Ami there is a premonition of a complex love triangle starting. For the first moment Yama chan seemed to have realized Seian’s influence who reappeared as the new member. On the other hand, the relationship between Shion and Tsubasa, the one and only oasis as always, Yama chan gives a horrific advice. How is Shion’s real feelings? Yama chan boasted that you need to be careful when you interact with either popular or unpopular person. What is his intention?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.12「俺たちは夢なんか見ちゃいけないんだな」

    Yama chan could not resist smiling with the unexpected turn of events. Yama chan came to a point where he now respects Ami who can keep making sarcastic wise remarks towards Takayuki even during their snowboard date as normality. On contrary to Yama chan who normally speaks abusive for business, Ami has an evil tongue which comes out just as if one breathes air, Yama chan now started to call her a professor. Meanwhile, the only oasis at Terrace House, Sihon and Tsubasa, the most feared outcome tuned out and Yama chan is joyful about it. Yama chan couldn’t resist holding back his anger towards Shion who asked out Seina just after he resisted Tsubasa but he was happy to finally see Shion’s true character. Terrace House has started to become Hell Episode from Happiness Episode. Will peaceful days ever comeback???

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.13「お前、天照大神テンションじゃん」

    Because of the “stress” Yama chan is feeling low. This week he started off with a deep sigh. Being unable to take in Ami’s awkward character and as always criticizing her attitude during the date with Takayuki, he starts to worry that “nobody is probably laughing at this talk”. On the other hand, though he has doubts about the relationship between Shion and Tsubasa which it used to be the only oasis in the show, he doesn’t have the guts to get at the heart and shows indecisive attitude. At the end, he unfolds mean delusion towards Ami and he underestimates that this will probably be edited out but…. Terrace House which has become the Hell Episode, will an oasis ever appear again?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.14「俺が辞めるかお前が辞めるか、真剣勝負」

    Yama chan is starting to feel such a big stress that he forgot to say greetings at the beginning of the video. He starts off this week as he apologizes for being less professional. For Ami and Shions birthday party, Takayuki and Tsubasa each celebrates the two with their surprises. However Yama chan explodes with anger as he says “no matter how long he draws the runway it is useless if the airplane has no wings”. He gets bogged down with anger. Meanwhile, though Seina found new seed of love, it seems to develop into a love triangle. At last, many arrows started to cross at Terrace House. Will there ever be a day when Yama chan’s anger appease?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.15「あれはもう●●じゃないですか」

    For some reason Yama chan is questioned by a French journalist and is in the need to think seriously about war and peace. Starting off this week by feeling the menace of worldwide broadcast. Watching Ami who is repeatedly saying negative comments as usual, Yama chan names Ami as “disrespect alchemist”. It seems to have build up to a level of respect. Meanwhile, once said to be the only oasis Shion and Tsubasa went out on a date after some time since the last. However Shion’s flirtatious behavior drew everyone’s bitterly criticism. In the scene where they share the half-eaten hamburger, Yama chan who is inexperienced with romance unfolds a sleazebag delusion and emphasizes each carriage in detail. Takayuki who shaved his mustache to take some years off his age for Ami’s birthday finally starts to feel no hope by her cold attitude…? Terrace House is mixed with romantic inexperienced people with Yama chan at the top of the list. Will ever be a day when Yama chan can give romantic talk?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.16「僕たちってトムとジェリーみたい」

    Yama chan is stricken by the main story that turned out as the worst case scenario. With Ami leaving and losing the “reason to live”, he seemed to be unable to conceal his lonesome feeling. Shohei who was starting to feel affection towards Ami, learned about Ami’s leave while he was creating a song about faint feeling of love and burst into tears. However, looking at such a loud cry Yama chan was put off and said “unless if you are faced with Fujikyu closing you normally can’t cry in such a level.” By being fooled around by Ami’s smile and tears, Yama chan wishes her to leave with her low reputation at the end. Next week Ami finally will have a talk with Takayuki. Will Yama chan’s wish come to reality?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.17「アレってもうBってことですよね?」

    Yama chan is irritated in such a degree that he forgot to say the title call and showered with howls as the anticipation of “Ami’s graduation” became a reality. While making complaint that length of Ami’s part is too long, looking back at the farewell party scene he said “it hasn’t moved his emotions not one bit” and finally he expressed his gratitude toward his “buddy” Ami for her services and effort by pumping his fist in triumph. Then the long-awaited new female member Mayu appears. Seeing Shohei’s change in attitude who was whining about his “Ami-loss”, Yama chan saw mysterious potential in Mayu and seemed to have found his new toy of enjoyment. While complimenting her excellent figure explicitly Yama chan says he senses some “dark side” about her. Will Mayu bring some new breeze to Terrace House as he intends?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.18「既成事実、作っちゃえよ」

    In addition to wearing different glasses than usual, Yama chan is in a bit showy outfit this time. He started off this week by looking at his own appearance and he self-tormented that he looks like a bogus coordinator. Boasting that Yama channel is the place that real intention should be said, he seems to be unable to hide his anticipation about Shion and Mayu’s relationship. Looking at Mayu’s obvious actions of her going after Shion, Yama chan asserted that “I don’t want to see a healthy 23 year old guy resist and overcomes her temptation” and spoke for a vulgar person’s mind. With the development afterwards, he made a sour face as if he wants to say “I’ve been betrayed”. Right after, Yama chan is thinking about the next move. He even made strenuous effort to cause some wind at Terrace House by using a prohibited technique saying “you shouldn’t give up Shion”. Will Yama chan meet his ideal development as he expects!?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.19「●●してるシーン見せろ、それ以外興味ない」

    It seems Yama chan couldn’t resist his anger as he says the story is “thin!” from the beginning. It seems that Yama chan is irritated by the current situation of Terrace House as the past episodes were a lot more profound like a Habanero taste. Ever since Shion asked Tsubasa to go out with him, Yama chan has been wanting to somehow avoid a “winning run” like development and he invites Mayu by saying “you wanna make some revolution together?” On the other hand, he goes saying that “I don’t even have any memory…” about the other members whose feelings have changed. In the next episode depending on Tsubasa’s answer towards Shion’s confess, it will not be possible to avoid Yama chan from becoming out of control. Will ever be a day when smile on Yama chan’s face return?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.20「見るな、消せ」

    “Don’t watch! Turn it off!” - Yama chan shouts in a way as if he’s threatening while he droops down on the sofa. Different than the usual style, what is the reason for the lack of aspiration on his face? This week he starts off with full of spoilers! After all, Shion and Tsubasa played out as everyone has thought. Being shown the most feared “victory lap” for a long duration, Yama chan seems very exhausted. Making comments he wasn’t able to say during the show, he even goes blaming Mayu that why didn’t she use the “pulse” he initiated before. At end, his vulgar delusion would not stop about a very improbable situation. As he commented throughout with an impassive face, at the end he suddenly shouts “it’s over” and ended the video. Will the members of Terrace House able to bring back a smile on Yama chan’s face again?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.21「次回の『アバター』にどうですか?」

    Different from last week, Yama chan is maintaining his calmness and starts off this week by sitting on heels style! Looking at Seina wearing large glasses coming back from her business trip from Korea, Yama chan took a hint and understood everything and he spontaneously proposed that James Cameron should use her in the next sequel of live-action version of the movie Avatar. He can’t seem to withhold his joy by the unexpected birth of a cyborg. Meanwhile, he has no interest and took no notice about Seina and Shohei’s strawberry picking date but instead pointed calmly about their breach of manners. Yama chan’s “lack of satisfaction” oozes out. Takayuki goes out for dinner with Mayu but Takyuki receives damage from Mayu with her “not at all” cruel strageic phrase. Yama chan’s hope of expectation is with the new members joining next week. Will a new member who is like dried squid which is more you chew, the more the flavor comes out appear?

    YAMA CHANNEL Vol.22「山チャンネル、もう続けられません」

    Wearing a solemn expression on his face, Yama chan asserted “I can’t continue Yama channel” from the start. Apparently, he has been defanged completely by the appearance of the new member. He says the new female member Yui is like an angel. On top of that, as the result, suddenly his delusion won’t stop which led to an abnormal situation that made him become a monster that can only say onomatopoeias. Regarding the new male member Noa, Mayu immediate locks on him. Will there be a day when Yama chan regain his fangs who is very happy watching Mayu in a hunting mode?