Slow-burning Japanese reality show Terrace House returned to Netflix screens worldwide this week with the release of Part 2 of Opening New Doors, the latest season set in the mountains of Karuizawa. It’s still a refreshingly chill iteration of the show, so far maintaining the perfect blend of mild interpersonal drama and not much else at all. I went to visit the house and interview its residents back in February ahead of Part 1’s release, but I held back on publishing too many of my photos — Terrace House has a pretty long lead time even for the weekly Japanese schedule, let alone the rest of the world, so I saw things and met people that would’ve amounted to spoilers. Be warned if you haven’t watched all of Part 2 yet, then — this photo essay might tell you things about who leaves and enters the house. If you’re okay with that, scroll down to see what I saw. Photography by Sam Byford / The Verge
The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience.
Our original editorial insight was that technology had migrated from the far fringes of the culture to the absolute center as mobile technology created a new generation of digital consumers. Now, we live in a dazzling world of screens that has ushered in revolutions in media, transportation, and science. The future is arriving faster than ever.