These are the darling folks from Fuji TV in Tokyo, Japan, who are in town for a week filming Dallas real estate. A few weeks ago I got an email from the LA-based production coordinator, Ayumi Kitahara, asking me to help round up Dallas homes for a special segment. Turns out they read my blog about Yu Darvish’s house hunting, and became fascinated with Texas real estate:
Our morning show is called “Mezamashi TV” and it is very high-rated nation-wide news/entertainment program on Fuji Television Network. One of the Fuji’s popular news reporters, Maasa Takahashi, will be visiting and interviewing you in Dallas. Since now “Yu Darvish is moving to Texas” is a hot topic in Japan, we are working on a feature on “Fancy Houses in Texas”. We would love you to recommend us some great houses that we can film and introduce in our show. The director is looking for houses that are not only just expensive and fancy, but also that have something very unique such as a house with a private heliport, house with a Japanese garden, house with a huge golf course, etc.
I sent them to see Kari Schlegel Kloewer’s penthouse at the W, up to Champ D’Or where they filmed today — and Maasa bowled!, off to a ranch and other prime props. They have a home with a heliport in Plano on tap for tomorrow. Tonight they came to my humble home for a tour and interview on what I do, namely, blogging about real estate. The interview was conducted in Japanese, with a translator. Maasa, who is adorable and lights up on camera, fell in love with my kitchen and asked me if I cook a lot. She was surprised when I told her honestly, no! I’ve been to Japan and therefore understand how amazing the size and spaciousness of our homes are to the Japanese. And our home prices just blow them away. Also, Maasa made me promise to keep tabs on Yu for her and her viewers. One take we had to do over a few times was when I explained why perhaps Yu had been looking at a condo at the W: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian live there, I explained.
Who, they asked, is Khloe Kardashian?