Vanes-Mari and Hamilton go big in Japan

The new travelogue In Japan, Ja! presents a first-hand account of things to see, do and enjoy in the Land of the Rising Sun – and you’ll even get to meet a real-life ninja!

Vanes-Mari du Toit, a former Protea netball player, competitor on Dancing with the Stars SA and Kwêla field presenter, is going to Japan along with actor and Virseker Beker presenter Hamilton Wessels to host a brand-new Afrikaans lifestyle show to complement the broadcasting of the games during this year’s Rugby World Cup.

In addition to wall-to-wall coverage of the rugby across SuperSport, kykNET is sending the two to Japan to bring DStv viewers a broad and entertaining view of interesting aspects of the country. They’ll be discovering more about its history, culture, cuisine, people and the festive spirit that exists during the tournament.

For 10 weeks, Vanes-Mari and Hamilton will visit some of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations and must-see places, talk to locals and experts, and taste everything from saké to sushi.

In Japan, Ja! is a combination of impromptu comedy of two tourists exploring a country neither has visited before, a lifestyle show and a travel programme. In addition, viewers will get the chance to learn more about the Springboks on their mission to bring the World Cup home. “I’m looking forward to bringing viewers a look at what’s happening in Japan during the World Cup from a fan and supporter’s viewpoint,” says Vanes-Mari.

Hamilton (who’s also known as Hammie, and who happens to be the brother of singer Robbie Wessels) feels the same. “To be able to tour Japan with the Springboks for the World Cup is an experience I can’t describe in words,” he says. “I’m super excited and will make sure the Boks bring the Cup home, even if I have to put on my rugby boots and run onto the field. Japan, I hope you’re ready for the guy with the tache.”

Hammie can’t wait to taste authentic Japanese wasabi and wants to meet a ninja. The two presenters have agreed to be braver than ever in tasting and trying a range of weird and wonderful local dishes. Also on the travelogue itinerary: sumo wrestling, a visit to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, hanging out with some Harajuku girls, fun at the Springbok fan zones, and revelling in all of the public fun and excitement surrounding Rugby World Cup 2019.

Watch In Japan, Ja! on Saturdays, starting 14 September 2019 on kykNET (144) at 18:30.
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