SoraNews24

SoraNews24 is a Tokyo-based news site. In 2008, our sister site, RocketNews24 published its first Japanese-language article, and two years later came the start of our English site, which originally existed exclusively to translate articles from our Japanese colleagues. Over time we’ve expanded the amount of English-language content we produce while maintaining a focus on fun, weird, and intriguing news from Asia, particularly Japan.

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Taking a trip using Japan’s random gacha capsule airplane ticket discount【Photos】

A small discount sends us on a big adventure to the other side of Japan.

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Starbucks Japan is a great place to go for…lasagna?!?【Taste test】

Only a handful of Tokyo branches serve it, but it’s worth tracking down, especially if you pair it with a special kind of green tea.

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Hybrid Cup Noodle Sodas – Forbidden flavors to astound and traumatize【Taste test】

Maybe there’s a reason these flavors aren’t for sale and we had to mix them ourselves…

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Tabasco Japan says you should add hot sauce to your beer, but are they right?【Taste test】

It’s not just the alcohol that’s giving this beer a kick.

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Tokyo coffee master reveals easy trick to make instant coffee almost as good as fresh-brewed

”I drink instant coffee all the time” cafe owner tells us, then shows us how.

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Living with coronavirus in a Japanese share house

Firsthand account reveals there are pros and cons to catching the virus in a communal living environment.

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Enako’s first “no-cosplay” photo book promises to be her “biggest exposure in history”.

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Vaccine side effects: How the first and second dose of Pfizer and Moderna affected our reporters

Firsthand accounts reveal a wide range of different reactions to each dose.

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Proclaim dedication to your special pirate-someone with deluxe One Piece-inspired jewelry

Sometimes the ultimate treasure isn’t gold and diamonds, but the one you love.

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Utada Hikaru’s son says he doesn’t like being called “handsome,” J-pop star has wise advice

Sometimes the simplest reaction can feel like the hardest.

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Testing the flame-resistant Armourlite jeans in Japan 【Videos】

A.K.A. how many seconds can you stand the heat of a flame on your butt?

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A visit to Japan’s 220-meter-long water slide【Photos】

Indoor ski slope shows it doesn’t need snow to be awesome.

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A history of Japanese schoolgirls’ purikura sticker booth trends

Taking a look back at four eras of the Print Club past.

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Japanese tourist site theft: Unique plate marking junction of three prefectures vanishes

Theft occurred after “Boundary of Three Prefectures” recently went viral online.

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A visit to statue of Tokyo comedian and COVID casualty Ken Shimura still brings smiles to hometown

Ken Shimura put Higashimurayama on the map, and now Higashimurayama has put up a statue of him.

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Japan is so polite even its hanko stamps bow to show respect

Unique aspect of traditional business etiquette surprises even Japanese people.

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Going over the top with a lesson at Tokyo’s top arm wrestling dojo【Photos】

Some of Japan’s strongest “arm sumo” competitors show us how it’s done.

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Two Harry Potter cafes opening in Japan, serving up Gryffindor bento and Hagrid misspelled cakes

”You’re a Japanese cafe, Harry.”

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A visit to Japan’s train station that looks like a spaceport in the middle of nowhere【Photos】

Unusual station’s unique name also makes it a destination for those seeking good luck, but things might feel different in the near future.

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Anime masterpiece Akira seemingly banned in Russia due to fears of mentally damaging kids

St. Petersburg doesn’t want people to watch Neo Tokyo EXPLODE.

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