How much Valentine’s Day chocolate do Japanese schoolgirls give, and to who?【Survey】

Survey breaks down amounts of honmei, tomo, and kazoku chocolate.

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“Genius” child seat at food court in Japanese shopping mall goes viral

Another example of amazing customer service in Japan.

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For the working otaku – Convertible bags you can take to work and anime/idol events【Photos】

Clever design lets you transform from serious professional to hardcore fan in seconds flat.

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Sushi restaurant in Tokyo serves up a plate of “old guy” for only 200 yen

Once you try “old guy,” you’ll never go back.

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Starbucks Japan jump starts sakura sweets season with new Sakura White Chocolate with Milk Pudding

We won’t be seeing cherry blossoms on the trees for a while yet, but sakura will be showing up in our desserts very soon.

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Olympic gold medalist skateboarder wears a kimono on the half-pipe【Video】

Furisode means “swinging sleeves” and boy, do these sleeves swing. 

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Is the ideal spouse someone who’s your best friend or your war buddy? Japanese singles sound off

Survey ranks the top five married couple archetypes.

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Sumo salt shaker steals the show in new range of Japanese wrestler goods

Add ceremonial salt to your fries, fight in the ring on a pouch, and watch a wrestler grow in your water glass. 

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Japanese freight container bento satisfies our hunger for unusual lunches

A lunchbox so popular its makers can’t keep up with demand.

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Are you a sweet and salty fan? Try the new Chicken Ramen Choco Flakes, the dream collab snack

One of Japan’s favorite instant ramen brands…turned into a chocolate-covered snack?!

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Japanese convenience store’s cheap knockoff croissant — is it any good?

7-Eleven may have bitten off more than it can chew in this taste test showdown.

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Is anime making otaku eat less rice? Government launches Girl Running Late with Rice Ball Project

Japan’s top rice-growing prefecture designs character, releases two videos in hope of changing anime breakfast trope.

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“Hey, Japanese taxi driver, take us to the best bubuzuke in Kyoto!”

Our search for a regional specialty takes us to an amazing traditional restaurant.

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Studio Ghibli releases Soot Sprite erasers!

My Neighbour Totoro characters are too cute to use!

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Turn your bad drawings into gorgeous anime and manga characters!

Realtime 2-D character creation software is a game-changer for artists and non-artists alike.

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Retired pro wrestler Riki Choshu greets you at the door in this new line of sound gachapon toys

Even our pro wrestling-loving reporter can’t quite explain why these toys exist.

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Lost at the nengajo lottery this year? Get a second chance by winning your way to onsen instead

People who didn’t win the official New Year’s greeting card lottery now have a new chance to win discounted or even free entry to certain hot springs.

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Sorry, Piplup. Starter Pokémon buddy or not, we’re still gonna eat you【Taste test】

At least there’s a small bit of mercy in the artistic design of these Pokémon sweets.

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A paradise for beer lovers — Yokohama combini has over 300 different kinds of beer for sale

The store is run by a man who “hardly used to drink at all.”

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Testing Amazon Japan’s best and worst Japanese demon costumes【Photos】

We get ready for Japan’s Setsubun celebration with the highs and lows of oni fashion.

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