An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)

Climb Mount Fuji 

Karl visits Japan where he trains to be a sumo wrestler, stays in a capsule hotel, decides to invent something, eats fermented Japanese fish, studies with a Zen Buddhist master, participates in a Japanese tea ceremony, and climbs Mt. Fuji.


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Executive Producer
Himself - Executive Producer
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Jamie Jay Johnson ...
Himself - Interviewer (voice)


Ricky and Stephen figure that if Karl won't climb Mount Everest, a good manageable substitute for him would be to climb Mount Fuji. Starting in Tokyo, Karl first visits a cat café, where for £15, he gets the luxury of petting cats while drinking his beverage. This relaxing but somewhat benign activity for Karl is contrasted by his next experience, partaking in the activity of sumo wrestling. Karl just hopes he will not be pinned under a fat arse while doing it. His first night in Tokyo is spent in cozy quarters, but it is the associated noise that bothers him. To get him refreshed after this night's sleep, Stephen and Ricky arrange for him to exercise, Japanese work styled. Karl's impression of Japan before arriving was high tech, and he does eventually see high tech items around in his travels, the experience of which he wants to utilize fully to show the viewing audience something useful in terms of an invention of his creation, regardless of Ricky and Stephen's wants. Ricky and ... Written by Huggo

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Karl: [about special fish dish] It's a lovely box. I'm not moaning about the delivery, the tray is lovely. Nice little bowls it comes with - beautiful. But that should be on there
[puts the cover back on]
Karl: , should be nailed shut, and buried.
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Ave Maria
Composed by Charles Gounod, including the underlying theme of "Prelude in C major" from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played as Karl approaches the summit of Mount Fuji
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