Japanese-style Rilakkuma teahouse opens in one of the most beautiful places in Japan

Menu makes use of local ingredients for meals and sweets as delicious as they are cute.

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Good Couples Day gets our Japanese writer thinking about international marriage differences

What makes for a good couple? Our Japanese-language writer muses on her own marriage to a French husband and its notable quirks.

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Japan shocked as American musician finds that bubble tea tapioca balls can be used to play music

Don’t play with your food. Play your food.

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Japanese woman finds a depressing way to prevent train gropers from targeting her

Less groping is always good, but the flip side to this countermeasure is what has people upset.

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Japanese model shuns perfect beauty, says she just wants to be “f*****g REAL”

New self-love queen wants to show what reality is really like but she’s not really human at all.

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One thing NOT to do in Kyoto if you’re headed there during the vacation period

If you don’t want to waste a huge amount of time in Japan’s cultural capital, here’s something you’ll want to avoid.

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Spending a night in Tokyo’s most beautiful capsule hotel【Photos】

The brand-new Hotel Zen Tokyo broadens our consciousness of what’s possible in a micro hotel.

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We visit “Japan’s oldest izakaya bar” for a delightful mix of the modern and the traditional

Over a century of tradition right in the middle of Tokyo!

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Stand-offs turn to love, jealousy as cats trying to get into museum compete for guards’ affection

Remember the cats that kept trying to go into Onomichi Museum, but were always gently blocked by the guard? 

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Chiitan vs John Oliver: Talk show host responds to Japanese mascot’s challenge to battle 【Video】

Oliver’s new mascot Chiijohn steals Chiitan’s best friend and now there’s beef to settle.

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Japanese KitKats get fresh with new peach rum mint flavour this summer

Two new alcoholic mint varieties take the choc-mint experience to a whole other level.

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Japan is getting a Disney Mickey Mouse Shinkansen bullet train this spring!

All aboard the fastest Disney train ride ever.

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Anime character designer flat-out tells foreigners they shouldn’t move to Japan to work in anime

JoJo character designer warns overseas fans about the hardships of working in Japanese animation.

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New Studio Ghibli exhibition opens in Tokyo, features giant talking Yubaba from Spirited Away

We catch up with No Face, Mari Natsuki, who voiced the character of Yubaba, and legendary producer Toshio Suzuki at the limited-time exhibition.

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We caved in to curiosity and bought a mystery box from a strange vending machine in Akihabara

Each box comes with a random tale attached to it.

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Final Fantasy’s Yoshitaka Amano illustrates exclusive Japan-only Magic: The Gathering card

Reimagined Liliana is one of 36 Japan-exclusive cards from 28 Japanese artists.

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How to get an amazing Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi lunch for less than 15 bucks

Often forgotten branch has amazing deals and an extremely unusual photograph policy.

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Suntory’s cat-shaped bottle caps: the beverage accessories we want, and you can get one for free!

Two months after its tantalizing Cat Day joke, Suntory gives feline fans what they want.

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Japanese boy tries to wipe away the tears of assaulted idol singer he sees crying on TV

A heartbreaking gesture of kindness for a woman in an industry that often doesn’t treat its performers like people.

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Brand-new line of Pokémon accessories is amazingly stylish and awesomely affordable【Photos】

Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and hairpins will have you looking great and leave your bank account sitting pretty too.

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