The Best (and Worst) Moments in Terrace House

Whether you're looking to learn more about Japanese culture or just for some mindless binge-watching, Terrace House has got you covered.

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This Japanese reality show produced by Fuji TV has been rising in popularity since it started streaming on Netflix. Its opening spiel describes it as an unscripted peek into the lives of 3 guys and 3 girls living under one roof. Unlike other reality series, where the cast is sealed off from the world in hopes of nabbing a lifelong partner or winning a grand cash prize, the house members are free to go about their dailies. Through the seasons, it has evolved into journeys of self-discovery and expression, showing the tediousness of building relationships, and the unglamorous side of pursuing dreams. Its mildness and almost-mundane plots make it the perfect series to binge watch.


10. It Mustache Been Love
(Opening New Doors)


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Pro snowboarder Taka had been vague about his real feelings for the somewhat aloof Ami, probably owing to the fact that she was completely unreadable. So, when she commented that she wished he were 5 years younger after a seemingly fun date, he took it as a sign that she was into him. As an indirect gesture to express his interest, Taka shaved off his iconic mustache in an effort to shave off a few years. Instead of getting the reaction he wanted, Ami short of mocked him, smirking and saying it was funny.


9. A Costco Moment
(Boys and Girls in the City)


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Professional tap dancer Yuki showed interest in Arisa from the get-go. Over dinner, filled with awkward silences largely due to the boy’s nerves and the girl’s disinterest, Tap hinted at wanting to go on a ride in the yellow car with Arisa. After several beats, she suggested a trip to Costco with everyone. Tap retorted that “it wasn’t a Costco moment” because he was asking her out on date, but Arisa insisted that to her it was… and said so a second time around. If there’s anything to be learned from this, it’s that you have to read between the lines. Talk about the most passive-aggressive rejection in the history of ever!


8. Guy’s Got the Moves
(Aloha State)


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Niki entered the house knowing exactly when she would be leaving, because she was only there during her school’s spring break. In her short stay, she and Guy went on several casual dates, one even bordering on disastrous, so it was hard to tell if any feelings took root. If not for the scenes showing them hanging out at the house, and the other housemates’ observations that they spent a lot of time together, this development would’ve been difficult to foresee. On Niki’s last night, she and Guy literally fell into the sheets on the floor while watching movies, cuddled, and made it one of the most bittersweet goodbyes on the show. 

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7. “A Love Worth Dying For”
(Aloha State)


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Taishi came to the Aloha State with one goal: to find a love worth dying for. The emotional aspiring Hollywood actor took prospects out on well-planned dates, impressing some with his chivalry and creeping others out with his intensity and singular determination. In the end, he found his match; not without becoming the brunt of jokes, and undeniably the final theme of the season. It even gave rise to custom t-shirts from the hosts!


6. 2 Against 1 Against 2
(Opening New Doors)


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There have been a few instances that hinted at the members’ hyper awareness of being filmed. Before Aio and Yui officially became a couple, they had confronted Risako on her plan to fabricate a storyline when she first entered the house. During the standoff, Yui accused Risako for cooking up a pretend relationship with Aio for more screen time, attacking her integrity. This backfired when, only a few days later, Aio guiltily admitted to Risako that he and Yui were already intimate despite Yui’s recent iterations that a kiss was the farthest she had gone with a man. Whether or not either of their lies were justified, the whole incident was uncomfortable to watch, especially when set against the mostly placid interactions of Terrace House. 


5. Keeping the Fame
(Boys and Girls in the City)


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That wasn’t the first time the meta aspect of the reality show came to light. 29-year-old chef Hayato and 18-year-old student Riko tried to manipulate the viewers’ perceptions of their already sexual relationship by keeping their dalliances off cam. It wasn’t until their housemates sat them down, telling them they were fed up playing along with their narrative. What made it even worse was that the chef placed the blame on the little girl who was trying to keep a reputation, and she was left to fend for herself for the rest of the discussion.


4. My Cheri, No Amour
(Aloha State)


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One of the confrontations that stood out throughout the show involved Hawaii Island’s beauty queen, because of how it was handled and the fact that it remained unresolved, which is rare on the show. Cheri came home to everyone gathered at the table, and upon realizing that she was under attack, her body language instantly betrayed her emotions. Not making any eye contact, her lips quivering when talking, saying things like, “you’ve lost your place on my list,” and then turning victim by bringing up everyone’s past aggressions to or neglect of her when backed to a wall. They had an issue with her coldness and lack of respect, and that was exactly how she dealt with everyone that night. That must’ve felt horrible for her too, but it did make for some good/bad viewing.

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3. Meat Scandal
(Boys and Girls in the City)


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Hair stylist Uchi was given a box of A-grade beef by a client who had flown all the way from Nagoya. His girlfriend Minori knew this, but still offered to cook it for everyone while he wasn’t around. When he discovered that his steaks-with-sentimental-value were gone, he rightfully told them he was upset, and then spent the following days sulking. While the commentators tried to turn it into a comedic moment, that wasn’t how it felt in the house. It had caused a riff between the couple, and took 3 ladies to comfort the meat-deprived man. 


2. Found Love in a Hopeless Place
(Opening New Doors)


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While many wonder if people truly fall in love in the house, it’s hard to question the genuineness of Shion and Tsubasa’s courtship and eventual coupling. Their first trip to the onsen; then visiting a temple before Tsubasa’s game; Shion buying her a good luck charm; their ice skating date; and then, Tsubasa’s birthday surprise for Shion -- theirs was the picture of how friendship can turn into love when nurtured. Admiration, natural chemistry, and thoughtfulness -- we can all take a few pages from their book on how to love.


1. The Hosts


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What makes Terrace House
 different from all other reality shows are the cuts to commentary made by a diverse panel of comedians and celebrities from varying age groups. They have provided the most ROFL moments on the show, and managed to sway opinions on certain house members more than once. They’ve helped foreign viewers discern whether someone was acting within Japanese societal norms or purely from personal attitude. Their reactions to the situations range from absurdly funny reenactments of hypothetical scenarios to insightfully sound observations. They’re the constants throughout the seasons, and with good reason. Arigatou! 


Terrace House
is back in Tokyo for its latest season currently streaming in Japan.


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