Europe

We get a haircut by a stylist who cuts with katanas and fire at “Samurai Salon” in Spain

Our reporter travels all the way to Spain to meet an artistic hair stylist whose technique is a little sharper than usual

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Cameron Diaz in the Philippines? Lookalike tourist has everyone guessing on the island of Palawan

Even local media reported news of Diaz’s visit, suggesting Bradley Cooper was by her side for the trip.

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Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirt grand prize-winner disqualified for violating contest rules

Two designers used rule-breaking designs, which were super effective, until they got caught.

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Noel Gallagher, on tour in Japan, asks fans to buy High Flying Birds merch…in a way only he can

The former Oasis frontman throws in a f***ing cuss word, reminds everyone how extra he is, and Japanese fans love it.

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Good Couples Day gets our Japanese writer thinking about international marriage differences

What makes for a good couple? Our Japanese-language writer muses on her own marriage to a French husband and its notable quirks.

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The Japanese comedian shows Spain what he’s got and narrowly avoids showing them what he’s got down there.

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Japanese beer giant Asahi buys British London Pride brewery; U.K. writer hopping mad

Would a London Pride beer brewed in the same location under Japanese management still taste as patriotic? Both sides weigh in.

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Inuyasha manga author Rumiko Takahashi nets prestigious French award, gets “weird” French praise

Takahashi was awarded the 2019 Grand Prix at France’s Angoulême Festival, but fans in her native Japan were confused by how her work was framed.

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Japanese tourist cries tears of joy over creative installation of origami in the UK

Famous British botanical gardens include a clever use of origami art in a holiday display. 

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The mystery of live-action Pokémon movie Pikachu’s freaky-sounding German voice【Video】

A strange caper is afoot as Germany’s Detective Pikachu is heard sounding nothing like the Pokémon species is supposed to.

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Got Talent series regular Wes-P tries again, this time in the land of Voltaire and Sartre.

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Osaka shows off Great Britain’s flair with Hankyu department store’s Great British Fair!

Hankyu Umeda will showcase highlights from British culture, with spotlights on fantasy characters, cuisine and even Buckingham palace-style marches!

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We try the viral “McAffogado”: Does adding espresso to a Vanilla McShake really make it good?

A brilliant idea shared by British police officers spread all the way to Japan, so we had to give these milkshakes a “shot”.

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Our Japanese language reporter visits Barcelona, decides to try Spanish “hosho maki” sushi

A strangely named sushi package grabbed our reporter’s attention, so of course he had to try it.

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A large number of men prefer women who are attracted to other women, study says

Apparently, men in China and the U.K. like women who tend to bat for both teams

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Japan’s handsome, buff Swedish gardener now has a new job: Working out silently on public TV

Shows off his bodybuilding form as past of educational program with soulful saxophone soundtrack.

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Swiss otaku who threatened to leave homeland over confiscated manga is reunited with his comics

Perverted dojiinshi fan wins legal struggle with customs officials, asserts that loli comics “cause no damage whatsoever to any real people.”

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Swiss otaku says he’s moving to Japan after customs officials confiscate his 66-pound manga haul

Laments the officer handling his case has “no tolerance whatsoever” for hentai and loli dojinshi.

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Japanese Internet sad to see the word “chikan” becoming commonly used in English

The country was proud when “emoji” and “anime” became part of English-speakers’ vocabulary. But when the British government uses the Japanese word for “train gropers?” Not so much.

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French woman with epilepsy has been missing in Japan since July 29, police announce

Single traveler spent two nights in Japan before disappearing while in mountainous sightseeing town.

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