New relationships "under one roof" according to Terrace House; is the beginning of a love relationship between men and women living together a relic of the past?
Between men and women who accidentally had to live together, someday a love relationship will be struck. In fact, the TV show Teraha, which instills such expectations about the main storyline, reverses such preconceptions. It reflects the new relationship between the different sexes. The author of the book "An Introduction to the History of the Philosophy of Japanese Flirting," which tells about the state of affairs with marriage and family in post-war Japan, uses this show to analyze how the love philosophy of the Japanese has changed.
It's a shared space, but
"Teras House" or as it is usually called "Teraha". This is a reality show in which six unfamiliar men and women live in the same house overlooking the sea.
The TV program presented by Fuji Television quickly gained popularity. She opened up new perspectives for models Han Imai, Miwako Kakei and other members of the show. Since 2015, the US-based streaming media provider Netflix has been releasing new seasons at a vigorous pace.
In the Hawaiian season (2016), there is a scene where professional surfer Guy and young student Niki lie down together to watch a video, and he snuggles up against her from behind.
Friends gathered in my house were noisily discussing who made contact first: we watched the video, rewound it back and watched it again. But now I would like to omit this topic and analyze another nuance.
"Hey, what are you doing here ?!"
Yes, Guy and Nicky were in the common living room. The shared kitchen was also nearby. It is not strange if suddenly someone suddenly appears. However, they did not intend to demonstrate their immorality at all. In "Teraha" everything is specially done to ensure that such situations arise.
What is TV show space? Initially, a house with a terrace is a low-rise residential building with separate entrances for living quarters (usually two floors or more). Nevertheless, Teraha uses a luxurious villa.
Consider housing while the show was filmed by Fuji Television. There are already detailed diagrams. Both in the first and in the second seasons, villas with terraces and ocean views of over 300 square meters were provided. They have nothing to do with the rooms in which poor youth usually live. Well, what can you do, television is television.
However, this is not all. Shared dwellings are usually thought of as separate rooms with a shared dining room, kitchen, toilet, bathroom, and so on.
But in the case of Teraha, the house has two bedrooms for men and three people each. Everything else is common. Outwardly, the building looks gorgeous, but inside it looks like a Japanese student hostel. Moreover, the beds were not even covered with covers.
In addition, in the second season, the layout of the house was such that men had to go through the women's room to get to the bathroom. And vice versa. Says one of the members, Rina Sumioka, “When I needed to do my laundry, I tried to walk past the men's room on the lower floor as quickly as possible. Usually all the doors were open (laughs)."
With regard to privacy, especially sexual nuances, the space in Terakh's house was extremely limited, one might even say asexual.
Meanwhile, the participants are young boys and girls thirsty for love. It is absolutely natural that such a layout, as well as the pressure from the live broadcast on the whole world, give rise to love and friction.
In this sense, it is not surprising that very few couples were created over all seasons. One of the few couples, Daiki Miyagi and Hana Imai, recalled their short period of relationship, and the following dialogue took place between them:
Hana: "Daikin-man (Daiki Miyagi's nickname), did you do what you wanted?"
Daiki: “Well, there is one thing. You and I had nothing but kisses (laughs)."
Hana: “Ha ha ha! Everyone probably thinks, but what really happened? But on air, everything is fair. The truth was there was nothing."
Dykes: “Yes! But I tried. Nevertheless, you said, "Do you even understand where we are?" (laughs) ".
Indeed, space also limits sexual relations. We can say that the scene presented above was born as a crystal from the incipient love suffering, youth and this space. Great relationships could only develop outside of this space, mostly outside of the show.
Cultural differences in cohabitation in Japan and other countries
According to my foreign friends, in "Teraha", which is watched on Netflix and abroad, they are attracted by the sexual shyness of the Japanese.
Indeed, abroad there are several reality shows about living together in the same house for men and women. For example, the American Jersey Shore (2009 - 2012) or the British The Valleys (2012 - 2014), but they are built on the fact that the participants there are mostly just hanging out. That is, it is not the space itself that limits, but the culture of how residents use this space.
I will briefly tell you about how cohabitation is perceived in Japan. To begin with, I will further describe the possibility or impossibility of the birth of love relationships, using words such as "same sex" and "opposite sex."
For convenience, I will give examples of heterosexual love, but in fact, a situation is possible in which love arises in some sexes and does not arise in different ones. Indeed, in the 2018 season of Karuizawa, member Shunsuke Ikezoe left the show after realizing his homosexual tendencies. The Last Friends series, which I will discuss below, also raises issues of gender identity disorder. Pay attention to this.
So, the rise in popularity of cohabitation in the 2000s was influenced by television series.
For example, in the TV series Be Kind to People (2002), three men, played by Shingo Katori, Mitsuru Matsuoka, and Koji Kato, live in a large house raising an abandoned boy. I recall that the house had a large dining room with a kitchen, and friends' rooms were on the second floor around this space. Cohabitation of same-sex people is common now.
In Fumi Simon's Asunaro White Leaf manga, Seika's mother and her close friend Narumi also live together in order to raise a child who has lost their father. The child calls them "mama" and "mami", respectively. This is an example of women living together.
Such cohabitation of same-sex people does not imply that they have a love relationship.
In A Love Story by Eric Segal, two students live in the same dorm room at Harvard University. A tie tied on a doorknob means that one of the students is in the room with the girl. If the meetings only last a few times, then this is normal, but if a closer and more lasting relationship develops, the student is forced to move out.
And what about the cohabitation of different sexes? A simple story can be seen in a situation where a man and a woman begin to live together.
In the TV series "Neighbor" (2005) women were supposed to live together, but it turned out that in the same apartment there were a man and a woman, who are beginning to be drawn to each other. This plot is not new at all: for example, in "Long Vacation" (1996) a similar story (Only there Minami Hayama, played by Tomoko Yamaguchi, moves out, and her brother moves in instead, resulting in same-sex cohabitation).
In other words, for the coexistence of different sexes (as a rule, they happen to be together by accident), the emergence of love relationships is characteristic.
Events develop according to a similar plot in such works as the manga "Jujube Boy" (1992-1995) by Wataru Yoshizumi and the TV series "Lover-Neighbor" (2013). When a love relationship emerges, it becomes difficult to develop it in a space where more than three people live. As a result, couples have to move out in "Boy-marmalade", and in "Ainori", and in "Teraha".
Shared living in a new form
Nevertheless, with regard to cohabitation in recent years, a completely different picture has been observed. There are many examples when men and women live together, and there is no love relationship between them. Even if something appears, they overcome it and continue to live together. Last Friends (2008) is a good example of such a relationship.
In it, two girls, played by Juri Ueno and Asami Mizukawa, live in a large house, which is occupied by another girl and two young men. Only one couple is created against the background of confused interpersonal relationships: gender identity disorder, childbirth, and so on.
The series ends, leaving a wide field for thought: the heroes experience gender fluctuations, raise a child and at the same time continue to live together. Perhaps the members of such a commune can stay together forever.
Despite the fact that "Teraha" is a love reality show, the events in it unfold in a "sexless" space, where no sexual situations arise, but at the same time it still attracts Japanese and foreign viewers. Perhaps this suggests that a new type of cohabitation is beginning to be seen in the love picture.