Visit the birthplace of the Japanese daruma in Gunma Prefecture

Home to some unusual rotund inhabitants.

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We test out Daiso’s “High-Quality Stereo Earphones” and find a pair that actually impressed us

Can 300 yen (US$2.26) headphones actually have enough difference in sound quality to be distinguished?

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Daiso’s 100-yen ramen egg makers even better in smaller sizes

Our resident eggman’s dream comes true, kookookachoo.

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Manga pro’s sixth-grade son floors the Internet with his amazing manga art

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Furuya household.

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Gravure model NFT series wants to attract online investors, real-world visitors for hot springs

Series pairs gravure models with onsen ryokan.

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World’s first Ice Whopper now on the menu at Burger King Japan

Bringing the refreshment of kakigori shaved ice to burgers this summer.

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Sega’s old arcade right outside Akihabara Station is closing, taking takeout cafe stand with it

Another summer, another closure announcement for a landmark Tokyo arcade.

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Chowing down on dirt-cheap gyoza and insane portions at Fukuoka’s Gyoza Supermarket Pub

Despite gyoza taking the center stage at this restaurant, something else on the menu provided the biggest shock of all.

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Japanese street fashion magazine Men’s Knuckle throws last punch, ends crazy photo caption legacy

So long, Men’s Knuckle!

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World’s first Takoyaki Guitar created in Japan, features a gas grill and octopus balls

The best-sounding takoyaki you’ll ever hear.

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Princess Mononoke’s Great Forest Spirit figure adds solemn Ghibli style to any home【Photos】

Even 25 years after the release of the Hayao Miyazaki classic, no other Ghibli character can match the deer god’s presence.

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Gigantic geyser erupts from Shinto shrine’s forest on the night before its summer festival【Video】

The way it looks, sounds, and smells all have people paying attention to this amazing display of the force of nature.

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Totoro Catbus is now the best shape desserts, amazing Japanese macaron chef proves【Video】

We’re not sure if we want to ride it or eat it, but we do know that we love it.

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Travis Japan, the hot Japanese boy band winning hearts through America’s Got Talent【Video】

We spotlight the J-Pop group that’s now based in the U.S. and is taking over with their charismatic performances on America’s Got Talent and more.

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Top coplayer Enako lingerie cosplays new line of One Piece intimate apparel【Photos】

One Piece Film: Red teams up with Peach John to create lingerie sets for Nami, Robin, and Uta, plus Shanks pajamas for guys and girls.

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Yuzuru Hanyu launches own YouTube channel, fans flock to subscribe

He totally landed that debut video.

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Man with homemade firebomb detained by police outside U.S. embassy in Tokyo

Shokumu shitsumon stop uncovers incendiary device.

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Tokyo’s Nakano adds rock and disco to its annual summer bon dance【Videos】

The neighborhood that invented the Obon Jovi dance is back with a new set list of rock and disco hits.

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Shaved ice? No thanks – we’re having a shaved milkshake at this Japanese cafe instead!【Photos】

And naturally we’re getting a fist-sized purin pudding as a topping.

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McDonald’s adds Doraemon exclusives to its menu in Japan【Taste test】

Anime tie-up inspired by the flavours of a Japanese summer festival.

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