I recently watched a classic American television special, “The Ricardos Go to Japan.” This was special to me for two reasons:
- I’m an American living in Japan, and I loved seeing the similarities and differences between the characters’ experience and what I know of Japan.
- I love I Love Lucy. I own all six seasons. Each box set was a gift from my husband, almost all given to me during periods when he was away from home on military service. I was 22 when he left on our first deployment together, and new to the military life. I spent those seven months in a new neighborhood without him, far from family, and in the beginning I didn’t have too many friends. But I had Lucy and she made me laugh.
I wish I had watched “The Ricardos go to Japan” before I came here as an introductory course on Japanese culture. I could have followed Lucy, Ricky, and their friends Fred and Ethel Mertz on their adventures in Tokyo, where they learn abut bowing, bathing, and eating in Japan. They learn not to wear shoes inside and that rice paper walls are easily damaged.