Culture

More cat stamps available so you can neko-fy all of your important life documents

For all you cat-lovers out there, affix your love of felines with these new stamps.

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New attraction lets you relive the thrill of Japan’s deadly log-riding festival

It’s known as one of the nation’s top three most bizarre festivals and has resulted in deaths when it’s held every six years, but now you can experience the ride first-hand at any time of year!

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Our reporters Mr. Sato and Yoshio go chasing their youths at a noodle vending machine 【Pictures】

Noodle soup for the soul…served by a machine!

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Walk the streets of Japan in style with bushido-influenced men’s summer kimono range from Kyoto

Samurai warrior designs get a warm-weather overhaul with colourful patterns and unique sheer fabrics.

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Universities plan to build android of Japanese literary great Soseki Natsume

Soseki Natsume: writer, a man long dead. We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was: better, stronger, faster…

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Our Japanese writer introduces some handy phrases so you too can speak the Kansai dialect!

Why not up your Japanese language skills by learning a local dialect? Here are some phrases to get you started!

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Fukushima recovery boosted via sneakers made from Aizu kimono textiles loved by samurai

Contribute to the cause and keep a centuries-old tradition alive on the streets by wearing 450 years of history on your feet.

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Learn Japanese through ridiculous manga: A Tick on Titan 【Episode #3】

“On that day, we ticks received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the five-foot-tall humans.”

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People in Japan are being paid to have babies, and it seems to be working

Japan’s nationwide fertility rate just hit its highest level in 21 years.

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Ready to wed your significant other? Use PowerPoint to convince them to tie the knot!

For those times when your romantic side gives way to your practical professional side.

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Japan in tears over elementary school teacher’s emotional homework assignment about love and loss

”Make your parents cry” may not have been the assignment, but it was definitely the result of this important lesson.

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Japanese candy craftsman creates new line of lollipops with traditional summer themes

Designed to resemble traditional uchiwa fans, these exquisite lollipops are amongst the prettiest sweets in Tokyo.

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Kyoto temple grants love wishes to visitors who discover their heart-shaped hydrangeas

People in Japan are heading to the ancient temple to hunt for the flowery hearts.

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Keep your smartphone safe in a pouch styled after Japanese Shinto/Buddhist protection amulets

Phone accessories come embroidered with declarations of protection against online flaming and low batteries.

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Japan’s Harajuku Station to be rebuilt ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

East Japan Railway Company today released images of new building designs planned for three stations on two of the city’s popular train lines.

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Japanese association loses faith in users following non-return of 1,100 free loan umbrellas

Loan services could be set to disappear with organisations now running dangerously low on stock.

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Sadako and Kayako team up with surprising third party to scare you for a good cause!

They apparently had time for a little side gig before the release of their big movie later this month.

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5 best Studio Ghibli papercraft kits that you can assemble yourself

From My Neighbor Totoro to Porco Rosso, these cute kits let you recreate miniature worlds from your favorite Miyazaki films.

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A visit to Japan’s centuries-old boob temple

While men are understandably drawn to it, it’s women who are said to benefit the most from worshipping here.

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The curious case of Benjamin the neighbor arouses suspicion in Japan

Always be mindful of what you write or let others write for you. You never know when it will be scrutinized by thousands upon thousands of Japanese people.

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