James May gets first Grand Tour spinoff series in Japan

Captain Slow is heading to Japan for a new series exploring the country's etiquette, culture and noodles.

The Grand Tour presenter James May has landed his own solo Amazon Prime Video series, Our Man in… Japan.

Prime Video revealed earlier this year that The Grand Tour would be returning for a fourth series and also confirmed that the three presenters would be getting solo shows on the service.

James 'Captain Slow' May has gone against type and got off the mark first with his own travel show, which is being directed by BAFTA TV Award nominee Tom Whitter (James May’s Man Lab, Toy Stories, Apollo 13: The Inside Store).

Filming starts on the series today and will launch exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries.

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What is Our Man in… Japan about?

Prime Video - Our Man in Japan with James May

Fifteen years after James May first visited Japan as a baffled tourist, he embarks on a quest to understand the unique, extraordinary and complex country. The birthplace of the haiku and classical art forms driven by the principles of Wabi (stark beauty) and Sabi (natural inspiration) and Yugen (grace and subtlety), Japan is also the place that’s given us Godzilla, Hello Kitty, Cosplay, and some of the strangest obsessions on the planet.

James will embark on an epic journey across all of Japan from North to South, determined to understand why this unique land and its people are the way they are, what drives their whole culture and what their approach to life can teach the rest of us. James can’t speak the language, he is clueless about Japanese etiquette, but at least he knows there’s a small tree called a banzai...

What James May said…

James May

"Japan is the most amazing place I’ve ever visited.

"Everything about it is a surprise: a boiled sweet, a bullet train, an unexpected ancient temple, and the challenge of eating a single edamame bean with chopsticks. It’s a class A stimulant for all the senses, and an etiquette minefield for the unwary.

"I intend to immerse myself in it completely, in the pursuit of enlightenment and life balance. And I bet the noodles will be fantastic."

What Prime Video said…

Prime Video

"We're incredibly excited to announce this new project with James, which will see him take on an epic thousand mile journey across ancient Japanese islands, mega cities, and all points in between,” said Georgia Brown, Director of Prime Original Series in Europe.

"The Grand Tour fans around the world will be delighted to hear that they will have even more James May on their screens. We can’t wait to see what James and his talented team produce from this ambitious adventure."

What does this mean for the future of The Grand Tour?

The Grand Tour series 3 - Filming in Nevada, James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

The Grand Tour series four will go into production in 2019 and will see Clarkson, Hammond & May ditch the tent and take on big adventure road trips that fans around the world love.

When is James May's Our Man in.. Japan released?

Our Man in Japan

The series started filming in March 2019.

James departed Heathrow yesterday (March 10th) to Japan for this epic trip which goes into production immediately.

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