Koh Ruide

Born in Singapore, Ray left the island nation and spent a decade immersing himself in Melbourne's coffee culture. Fate would have none of that, and whisked him to Japan to fulfill his childhood dream of piloting an Evangelion unit. While he has yet to meet Rei Ayanami in the flesh, he has instead settled for savoring all the weird and wonderful foods that Japan has to offer. He is always on the lookout for all things unique and exciting. Luckily for him, Japan is never short on those.

All Stories by Koh Ruide

We ventured into a hidden gem of a Chinese Internet cafe in downtown Tokyo【Pics】

An Internet sanctuary for young Chinese people in Tokyo.

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Japanese junior high schooler worries everyone with attempt to traverse America by hitchhiking

Adults worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure his safety.

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Handmade Hayao Miyazaki bento is too cute to eat, great conversation starter during meals

Studio Ghibli-themed bento party among friends quickly escalates when someone brought the king along.

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival: An awesome event that will whisk you away into a celestial world【Pics】

Filled with marvelous displays and breathtaking performances, this is one festival you won’t want to miss.

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We visited a tempura shop that allowed customers to discard miso soup clam shells on the floor

The store’s odd practice is a stark contrast to Japan’s stance on cleanliness.

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Volunteers cleaned up 45 tons of garbage from Manila Bay beach, restored it to its former glory

Humans have the power to make things right again.

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We ordered the biggest steak we could buy with 10,000 yen at steakhouse chain Ikinari Steak

Will our reporter be able to polish off 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds) of grilled meat?

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Ladybeard makes a comeback as Aquabeard, unshaven fearsome protector of the deep

Why isn’t this guy in the movie?

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Chinese government uses character bearing uncanny resemblance to Mario in anti-corruption video

Famous plumber finds himself sucked into a world of politics.

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Ninjago World to arrive in Legoland Japan, lets visitors learn the blocky ways of the shadow

Master techniques crucial to becoming a master Lego ninja.

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Japanese netizen comes up with brilliant idea for child-friendly train handle

Too short to reach the grab handles? This trick ensures your little ones will always be safe and steady on public transport.

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Hong Kong real estate developer builds new super micro condos smaller than a parking space

Ends up selling only two of its 73 units.

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My Neighbor Totoro rides the catbus gracefully onto cinema screens in China as box office hit

Proves that no one is immune to the cuteness of that adorable furball.

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Tired feline employee on verge of giving up job spotted in cat cafe

Tired of work you say? Well, animals are sick of it, too.

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We hung out at one of Tokyo’s most popular pickup spots, drank our hearts out and met many men

It was an exciting night for our female Japanese-language reporter, but how did it turn out exactly?

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Notebook passed by hand from Hokkaido to Kagoshima, connects railway fans in heartwarming event

Spanning almost the entire length of Japan, this notebook carried the will and determination of train fans, bringing them together in a very special way.

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Man arrested for buying cup meant for 100-yen coffee but pouring 150-yen latte into it

Sneaky upgrade in coffee quality incurs the wrath of the law.

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Tech geek heaven: Japan’s first do-it-yourself keyboard specialist shop opens in Akihabara

Design a truly unique keyboard just for you.

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Japanese netizens thrilled at the prospect of wielding adamantine claws like a certain superhero

And all for just 55 bucks.

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Internet cafe now offering free, all-you-can-eat bread and fries every morning to customers

Fill that tummy and start your day strong for zero yen.

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