Watch Out Japan: The Fab 5 Are Headed Your Way

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The Fab 5 are spreading the love and make-over skills. Having worked their way through two seasons in Atlanta, Georgia and a special trip to the Australian country town of Yass, the Queer Eye boys are turning their expert eyes across the Pacific and heading to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Netflix announced on Wednesday (January 23) that Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France and Bobby Berk would be travelling to Japan for a special mini season of the hit series. Entitled Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!, there four episode special will have the Fab 5 “work with local tastemakers to make-better a new group of heroes”. They will also immerse themselves in getting to know Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming, and culture.

“The Fab Five will forge relationships with four Japanese men and women from different backgrounds and cultures who were selected from a wide group of applicants and nominations,” the official description reads.

“In just a year since we launched season one, Queer Eye has become a global phenomenon once again and the Fab Five are truly the ambassadors of self-care and compassion that the world needs now more than ever. Filming in Japan is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with four deserving heroes that will help showcase the incredible traditions and customs of their country,” said creator and EP David Collins.

As well as helping to make-over the lives of men and helping them see their own potential, the aim of the series was to open hearts and minds both in middle America towns and all over the country. The first two seasons took place in and around Atlanta, with the upcoming third season heading to Kansas City, Missouri – all places you would stereotypically expect some prejudice against and resistance to five out and proud gay men. While there has been some resistance and difficulties encountered, the experiences presented has largely been extremely positive both for the people involved in the episodes and the Fab 5 themselves. Now they are continuing to branch out across the world.

Production is set to begin soon on the Japanese specials, with the mini series debuting on the streaming service following the release for season 3. Queer Eye season3 is set to debut later this year.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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