Best Japanese TV Shows to Watch on Netflix: Samurai Gourmet (Netflix)

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Samurai Gourmet is a super fun show to watch. The episodes are only 20 minutes long, and in total there is only one season with 12 episodes. You could easily finish the entire series in one day if you really enjoy it.

The show follows a recently retired Japanese man who is unsure what to do with his time; the main character is played by Naoto Takenaka, who is a great Japanese comedian. All of the episodes follow him eating some sort of food that relates to his past in some way, as well as him finding new things to do in retired life. The foods he eat all look delicious (except for Episode 2!), and it is a good way to experience Japanese food/culture.

Some of the foods shown in the show include oden, yakiniku, and croquettes. One of the coolest things about the show is that most of the restaurants are real places, so you can try and recreate his food journey if you ever visit Tokyo.

The show is called Samurai Gourmet because each time he eats, he imagines himself as a samurai in the ancient times; he aspires to act and be like a samurai.

I personally watched this show because I am trying to learn Japanese; however, it is definitely a show that is great to watch just for entertainment. Especially if you are a food lover or someone who loves Tokyo, this would be a great show to watch.

Samurai Gourmet Recommendation Rating: 4

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


3 responses to “Best Japanese TV Shows to Watch on Netflix: Samurai Gourmet (Netflix)”

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