Sesame Street
Hiroshi visits from Japan.
Air date April 7, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors C, L, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo asks Bob and Gina why they are wearing bathrobes, and they reply that they are kimonos. One of Bob's best friends, Hiroshi, is visiting from Japan and they want to make him feel at home. They are going to serve fish, rice, and tea for lunch, and are going to greet him by saying "Konichiwa, Hiroshi-san". Hiroshi arrives wearing a sweater and a baseball cap, says hello, and wants a hamburger for lunch. Elmo doesn't believe he is Hiroshi from Japan, until he explains that Japanese people wear sweaters and eat hamburgers sometimes, too.
Film Hamburger bun factory
(First: Episode 0615)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for carrot
(First: Episode 0203)
Muppets Miami Mice
Kermit tries to interview the mice about adventure, but finds it difficult to continue the interview when he's interrupted by a jet plane, an animal stampede, and a giant monster all making their way through the office.
(EKA: Episode 2200)
Cartoon Seven animals in a tree.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1530)
SCENE 2 Hiroshi shows Elmo how they serve tea in Japan. Bob teaches Elmo to say "Domo Arigato", which means "thank you very much". Bob feels like he is back in Japan.

SCENE 2 cont'd Elmo thinks Japan sounds nice and wants to go there right now, but Bob tells him that it is too far. But Elmo understands near and far--he is near Bob...then he runs to the other side of the street...and now he is far. To explain to Elmo that Japan is much farther than that, Hiroshi sings a song ("How Far is Japan?") about how long his airplane flight was.
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Erik shows Grover his teeth, and tells him how teeth are used.
(First: Episode 1639)
Cartoon L for Lion (poem)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
Muppets Pageant: How a flower grows
Gladys the Cow stars as a seed. Ernie plays a rain cloud and Herry Monster is the sun, whose attentions cause the seed to bloom into a flower.
(First: Episode 2420)

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
SCENE 3 Bob and Hiroshi sing "Three of These Things" with a fire engine, a spoon, chopsticks, and a fork. Elmo is stuck because he doesn't know what you do with chopsticks. Hiroshi demonstrates how to eat with chopsticks, and Elmo gets the correct answer.
Cartoon "L" for "Large" and "l" for "little"
Artist: Tom Gabbay
(First: Episode 1455)
Film Kids watch a silent movie with a man resting on the train tracks with an oncoming trolley - DANGER!
(First: Episode 0480)
Insert Bob reads the kids a story about seven mice, with some animated mice displaying the story. (framing scenes removed)
(First: Episode 1699)
Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
(First: Episode 2141)
Cartoon A story of a man who hates frogs, until his swamp becomes infested with flies.
(First: Episode 0387)

SCENE 4 Hiroshi prepares a story for everyone (including Oscar and Slimey) called Umeko and Kuwa. In the story, some Japanese Anything Muppets mock a young girl named Kumeko for having a worm for a pet. When the annual festival arrives, Kumeko is without a new kimono to wear. Overnight, her worm turns into a moth and has her use his cocoon for silk for a new kimono. At the festival, everyone is amazed at her new outfit.
Animation Sand C/c
(First: Episode 0625)
Film Lemurs leap and play in a zoo cage.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0032)
Cartoon Toothpaste March
Artist: Ray Favata
(First: Episode 1446)
Celebrity Maria and Grundgetta wander into a shoe store so Maria can buy some shoes. The sales woman, Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin), tries to find the right size shoe, but none of them are the right size. Maria shows her how to use the foot scale, which shows her shoe size. They begin looking for the right looking shoe...
Part 1
(First: Episode 2203)
Cartoon A pink circle splits into a cat, and a gray circle splits into a mouse.
(First: Episode 0452)
Celebrity Edith has gone through all the shoes she has in Maria's size, with only four pairs remaining: three pairs of boots and a pair of pumps. After playing "Three of These Things", Maria chooses the pumps. Edith thinks she tackle any customer now, until a female Snuffleupagus enters with a large request.
Part 2
(First: Episode 2203)
Cartoon A boy tries to count to twenty while playing with a paddleball, but gets interrupted by a bird.
(First: Episode 0152)
Muppets Snuffy wears a green derby hat as he sings about L, "The Leading Letter of My Life."
(First: Episode 1922)
Cartoon A girl uses her paint-by-the-numbers set to find an elephant in her picture.
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie buys a newspaper after hearing the newsboy yell out the headline: "Four People Fooled!" Ernie reads the paper, but finds no such news in the paper, making him the fifth person fooled.
(First: Episode 1164)
Video David sings "They're Taking Turns" in reference to a pattern of kids in animal costumes.
Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(First: Episode 0198)
Muppets An Anything Muppet girl tells two different monster marching bands to play the same song and march together.
(First: Episode 1450)
Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho demonstrates before & after.
(First: Episode 0694)
SCENE 5 Elmo has been practicing saying "konichiwa," and is very excited to say it to Hiroshi. Then he is sad because just as he learns to say hello, it's time to say goodbye. Hiroshi teaches him to say "sayonara" while Bob announces the sponsors.

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