The Living Room April 26

The Living Room has a few treats this week.

TRAVEL: JAPAN – NAKED MAN FESTIVAL

At Okayama, four hours west of Tokyo, the 500-year-old festival the Hadaka Matsuri (aka Naked Man) is about to begin. One fortunate festival entrant will catch the lucky shingi stick entitling them to a year of good luck and spirit purification. Teamed up with a local electrical company, our intrepid traveller Chris Brown indulges in some male bonding while his team dress him in a traditional fundoshi (much like a Japanese g-string with a wedgy he will never forget). Chris and his team are on the run with 9000 other (semi) naked men through sub zero conditions and into a steamy temple for the chance of a year of prosperity.

HEALTH: HOUSE CALL

It’s another house call for Dr Andrew Rochford and this time he’s dropping in on sleep-deprived business owner Elysa. She’s burning the midnight oil thinking about work, checking her emails and counting sheep. But Doctor Dimples, night vision camera reveals it’s Elysa’s dog, Keira, that’s also waking her up. Dr Andrew has some home truths for Elysa and some tips to help her sleep soundly.

FOOD: GARY MEHIGAN SOURDOUGH CHALLENGE

In search of Melbourne’s best sourdough, Miguel meets up with MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan. At the famous Covent Bakery, where the wood fired oven has been glowing for over 100 years, the two friends roll out their inspired sour dough dishes, a warm vegetable salad with sourdough croutons and a sourdough french toast to die for.

HOME: WOW HOUSE – KAREN MCARTNEY

Baz checks out the stunning 60s home of design doyenne, Karen McCartney, former editor of Inside Out magazine and now design director of online store Temple and Webster. Built by famed Sydney architect Bruce Rickard, the home features a simple palette of natural materials, open plan living and a strong connection to the outdoors.

7:30 friday on Ten

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