Culture

Happy news: Japanese NPO ships “poop protectors” to save swallow nests in train stations 【Pics】

Just think of it as a very special – and very stinky – welcome mat.

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“Sleeping Cat” and “Three Wise Monkeys” at Nikko’s Tōshō-gū Shrine removed for restoration work

If you’re planning a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Nikko in the near future, you’ll be missing out on two of the most famous original wood carvings in the area.
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Use this Japanese-style toilet properly, or else “you are gonna fall down on s***”

Pardon my language, or actually this tourist center restroom poster’s language.

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Rare photos from inside North Korea’s mysterious buildings

Kim Jong Suk Creche, Pyongyang Oliver Wainwright

For 10 days, architect, photographer, and architecture and design critic for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright, traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea where he got tours inside buildings, with permission to photograph.

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Ojiya Chijimi: the amazing centuries-old Japanese craft that bleaches kimono textiles with snow

These stunning images show how craftsmen keep their UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage alive during the coldest months of the year.

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Traditional Japanese holiday gets boost with an injection of cold hard cash

A lesser-known Yamagata Prefecture custom may just be what Obon needs to stave off invasive species of the holiday kingdom like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.

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Roleplay as a Japanese student at classroom-themed izakaya, Rokunen Yonkumi

With themed rooms and waiters who act as teachers and nurses, you’ll never want to leave elementary school again!

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Man tries something unique to appease the pachinko gods –- totally worth it?

It’s basically like a guy in a Cloud costume playing Final Fantasy VII.

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The harsh truth of being a Japanese graduate student in photographic glory

Sometimes our ideal is so far from the reality.

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Former Ghibli Producer Apologizes: ‘Gender Has Nothing to Do With Making Movies’

Former Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (When Marnie Was There) has apologized for his comments published by British newspaper The Guardian last week, both for the possible association with Studio Ghibli and stating that they were sexist.

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These “Mikoshi Dako” are the badges of honour from a Japanese festival

Rather than hiding the calluses, the bulges on these men are glorified for a very special reason.

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34 percent of Japanese men are afraid of their female colleagues, according to recent poll

The reasons they give will make you think twice about the way men and women act in the workplace.

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Oddly satisfying: watching sumo wrestlers in this hand-stamp assembly line 【Video】

Who knew listening to hypnotic hand-prints could be so relaxing?

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Here’s why you’ll never want to hit a hole-in-one in Japan

Japan may be the only country in the world that insures golfers in the event they hit a hole-in-one during a round of golf.

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Three bridges in Okinawa Prefecture offer the most spectacular panoramic vistas of the sea【Pics】

Who wants to play hooky with us down in the islands next weekend?

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Make a happy occasion even happier with these Sanrio-themed birth registration forms!

How would you like to make the  birth of your child official with a Hello Kitty or My Melody birth registration form?

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BonAppetour startup lets you cook and dine with Tokyo locals in their homes

We visited Mariko’s home near Shinjuku for a variety of unique cultural experiences, including a lesson in making gyoza and a homemade feast complete with sake and shochu.

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The most beautiful forest in Japan? Bijinbayashi woods are stunning in every season【Photos】

Do these woods have what it takes to beech out the stiff competition?

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66-year-old cosplayer shows you’re never too old for anything!【Photos】

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” – Chili Davis

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Could this be the ultimate McDonald’s “drive-through” experience? 【Video】

This McDonald’s customer paid for his order in cash and received his hamburger — without setting foot in the store!

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