Japanada? ‘Shogun’ Turned Vancouver Into Japan

“SHŌGUN” — Pictured: Hiroyuki Sanada as Yoshii Toranaga. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX Copyright 2023, FX. All Rights Reserved.

In 1980, the TV miniseries Shogun became the first — and, so far, still only — American television production filmed entirely in Japan. So, considering the authenticity the new production of Shogun has strived to achieve — including having the Japanese characters speaking in subtitled Japanese — it’s a little surprising to learn that the new series was filmed not in Japan, but in the Vancouver, Canada area. Producer Eriko Miyagawa, who helped populate the production with a cast that’s nearly all Japanese, told us it was a bit of culture shock to step off the set and be in Canada. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eriko Miyagawa)

Shogun is currently streaming on Hulu.

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