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Sometimes It's Right in Your Face is the fifth episode of The Amazing Race Asia 2.


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Route Markers

The order of departure from Pohutu Geyser are as follows:

  1. Marc & Rovilson (12:46 am)
  2. Adrian & Collin (2:49 am)
  3. Natasha & Paula (3:44 am)
  4. Diane & Ann (3:47 am)
  5. Daichi & Sawaka (4:04 am)
  6. Terri & Henry (4:26 am)
  7. Pamela & Vanessa (5:06 am)
For unknown reasons, the starting placements of Terri & Henry and Pamela & Vanessa were switched, resulting in Terri & Henry starting in 6th place and Pamela & Vanessa starting last.

Teams must drive to Auckland, Auckland Region, the fly to Tokyo, Japan. Once there, teams must make their way to Shiba Park in Tokyo, where they will find their next clue.

Teams must find a marked rickshaw and direct it to the Sony Building to find their next clue.

Teams must use a Sony High-Definition Handycam, with one member recording a video of a local singing a traditional Japanese folk song, titled "Sakura Sakura", while the other member sang along with the local, then head back to the Sony Building and play the video on a television. If the song was sung to the correct tune, teams will receive their next clue.

Teams must make their way to Shibuya Mark City and use a provided photo to find a cosplaying girl to receive their next clue.

Choice A: You Catch It
Teams must participate in a traditional game of goldfish scooping and use paddles made of rice paper to scoop up 40 goldfish in a nearby Shibuya restaurant to receive their next clue.

Natasha & Paula, Pamela & Vanessa, and Terri & Henry chose this task.

Choice B: You Cart It
Teams must locate a dry cleaner's store and pick up a yukata, which they must deliver on foot to a specific address to receive their next clue.

Adrian & Collin, Daichi & Sawaka, Diane & Ann, and Marc & Rovilson chose this task.

"Who is cold and calculating?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must decipher an ice block puzzle in Icebar Tokyo to spell out the name of their next destination, Fukuoka, to receive their next clue. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by bullet train to Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, and look for the pyramid at Fukuoka Convention Center to meet with host Allan Wu. Teams would be handed their next clue by Allan, revealing that they were still racing.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
Diane & Ann
 1st place 
Diane & Ann
Dancing Mums
Marc & Rovilson
 2nd place 
Marc & Rovilson
Best Buddies
Adrian & Collin
 3rd place 
Adrian & Collin
Gym Buddies
Natasha & Paula
 4th place 
Natasha & Paula
Childhood Friends
Daichi & Sawaka
 5th place 
Daichi & Sawaka
Terri & Henry
 6th place 
Terri & Henry
Married 13 Years
Pamela & Vanessa (AS2)
 7th place 
Pamela & Vanessa


  • This episode marks the first time that The Amazing Race Asia visits the country of Japan.
  • The episode title was said by Natasha & Paula.


The Amazing Race Asia 2 Episodes

"I'm a Box of Chocolate" · "This Is the Fun Bus" · "I Don't Think I Wanna Be Rich" · "It's a Really Tough Way to End" · "Sometimes It's Right in Your Face" · "We Choose to Yield Magnum P.I." · "Did That Hit Your Head?" · "Can You Send Them to Spain" · "So We're Going to the Pit Stop?" · "Apparently Driving Like a Looney Over Here Is Fine for Them" · "This Is Embarrassing, There's A Guy Running Faster Than Us" · "I Haven't Seen So Much Dung in My Life" · "This Is Such an Amazing, Amazing Experience That No One Should Miss"