Culture

Kyoto Starbucks’s elegant over-river seating might make it the country’s coolest coffeehouse

Seattle-based chain adapts to Kyoto style with summertime seats that offer a taste of traditional culture as you sip your coffee.

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New book reworks classic paintings in modern Japanese popular styles

Ever wondered what Munch’s The Scream or Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring might look like if done in modern day Japan? If so, then this book is for you!

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New Edo Goldfish Wonderland to open at Tokyo Skytree this summer for a limited time

With lanterns, cocktails and one thousand unusual goldfish, this is the coolest place to hang out in your yukata this summer.

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These fan-made Luna and Artemis bags available on Etsy look absolutely awesome!

Whether you’re a huge Sailor Moon fan or not, we’re pretty sure you’ll swoon over how cute these Luna and Artemis bags from Etsy Shop DoroteeSweetlips are! 

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Rainbow sushi: a colorful twist on everybody’s favorite roll 【Pics】

Instagram food artists show off their multicolored, mouth-watering creations.

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Why does Japanese writing need three different sets of characters? (Part 2)

We’re back and ready to take on the third, and most puzzling, type of Japanese text: katakana.

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Exhibit of goldfish art by Riusuke Fukahori takes our breath away!【Pics】

Artist Riusuke Fukahori’s goldfish creations made of resin are so lifelike, they look like they could start swimming right before your eyes! Read More

Japan’s new ukiyo-e passports are going to look awesome

When Japanese travelers go abroad, they’ll be taking some of the country’s most famous and beautiful examples of woodblock print artwork with them.

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8 types of customer that irk supermarket store clerks in Japan

Can you see yourself in any of these annoying customer profiles?

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App commercial turns exchanging business cards into bizarre synchronized dance

Sure, you know how to swap meishi with one new acquaintance, but what about twenty new acquaintances?

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Wagakki Band release music video for “Valkyrie”, opening song for Twin Star Exorcists anime

It’s on the short side, so you’ll just want to keep hitting replay!

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Godzilla and Gudetama is the cutest collaboration between a terrifying monster and lazy egg ever!

Even Godzilla feels lethargic some days!

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14 tips for visiting the Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival, where beautiful “lawn sakura” blossom

With its stunning scenery and fragrant beauty, this is one spring festival you don’t want to miss!

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10 things you didn’t know about geisha

We’ve talked before about geisha as one of Japan’s distinctly female professions, so this time we’re going to share with you a few fun facts about the geisha and their floating world.

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“Hello Tokyo” is one of the most stylish sightseeing videos we’ve ever seen【Video】

“It was my first time visiting Japan, a place I had always wanted to see … I soon realised how lively and energetic this city really is.”

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Japanese freehand tattoo artist’s work ranges from bloody & erotic to delicate & beautiful

Talented freehand tattoo artist combines the unconventional with the traditional.

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Japanese sake breaks new ground with a variety specially blended to pair well with chocolate

This traditional Japanese rice wine is said to enhance the chocolate-eating experience.

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Go back in time and hang with geisha and samurai in virtual reality Edo-period Tokyo 【Video】

Just be sure you’re wearing proper 19th-century attire – you don’t want to get any funny looks.

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Color blending “Chameleon Pens” are the hottest new art items trending in Japan

These pens will change the way you shade.

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Elegant aquariums provide a unique space for fish and for above ground plants to grow together

Here’s a different take on the rectangular aquariums we’ve all taken for granted.

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