An utterly confounding, delightful, and watchable English-language show courtesy of Japanese national broadcasters NHK. Part cultural assimilation, part government propaganda, Cool Japan operates on the premise that Japanese customs and mores are inexplicable to foreign visitors. So on each episode, two Japanese hosts and eight expats (who are residing in Japan) explore one aspect of Japanese culture. Sometimes the subjects are mind-numbingly pedestrian—like bags! Or how the Japanese protect themselves from the cold! The food one I always find more interesting (such as the eggs episode above), because they’ll send out pairs of foreigners to try some new dish, and upon returning to the studio, the hosts will pepper them leading questions meant to elicit shame and guilt, such as: “Surely you have tamago eggs in your country? You don’t?! Huh. I see.” [Kevin Pang]