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Love for Japan blossoms.

Byline: JENNY ECLAIR

Happily BBC 2 managed to supply a much-needed Monday night antidote to the gruesome Love Island with Japan, Earth's Enchanted Islands.

Okay, I'm going to own up to something now - I'm geographically really thick. I didn't know that Japan was actually made up of thousands of islands.

In fact, everything in this 60-minute travelogue was a revelation, from the weird Japanese goat antelope (the serow) and the freaky tanooki raccoon dog, to the mad tree frogs which lay hundreds of eggs inside giant foam nests in trees above the paddy fields. My jaw dropped more in this hour than it did watching Love Island, although this time in awe rather than horror.

This was an eye-opener of a programme, stunning magical landscapes combined with swimming macaques and city deer.

This was Disney meets Studio Ghibli and I've never wanted to visit a place more after watching an hour of telly in my life.

Look out Japan - I'm coming over, see you next cherry blossom season.

In the meantime, roll on the rest of this remarkable series.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Jun 14, 2015
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