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The time we (almost certainly) got scammed by a dating app in Tokyo’s bar district

“Hey, let’s play a game,” she said, but maybe it was our reporter who got played.

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A look inside the Tokyo Media Centre for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Visitors at the eerily quiet venue can receive a free media kit, filled with some surprising goods.

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Japan’s daruma dolls seem to be causing problems for horses at the Tokyo Olympics

Creative touches appeared to cause culture shock for four-legged competitors in equestrian event.

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Mizkan develops world’s most “beautiful” natto, Mr. Sato takes it for a spin

But true beauty is in the eye of the bean-holder.

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Our reporter devises the best way to beat the summer heat: by eating somen in an outdoor shower

Go devises his own, completely unique way to enjoy a classic summer meal, and named it: Jibun wo Nagashi Somen.

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“Safe” way to drink on the street recommended by our mask expert, forbidden by everyone else

Drown your sorrows or drown yourself trying.

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Which 100-yen shop product makes the best janky speaker? We test out 35 different items

Which one makes a better speaker — a fish bowl or a trash can? Let’s find out!

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Engrish sign at the Tokyo Olympics turns out to be hilariously accurate

One of those times when an English mistake ends up expressing everyone’s true feelings.

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Does the Shibuya Scramble Crossing overwhelm even Tokyo natives? We asked our reporters

No matter how long you’ve been in Tokyo, you’ve got to admit it is a lot of people.

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Famous manga artist gives out advice on how to draw breasts to celebrate Boob Day

Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima wanted to make sure his fans learned a useful skill this Oppai Day.

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How has inflation affected the price of a gigantic ice cream cone in Tokyo over 10 years?

Mr. Sato finds that they don’t make them like they used to.

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Food delivery service’s payment processing error allows some people to eat for free…for 3 years

Demae-can, one of Japan’s top food delivery services, is consequently seeking lump-sum payments from affected users.

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Why do elevators have mirrors in them? Japan Elevator Association has the answer

There’s an important reason, and no, it’s not so you can see how good you look.

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Sega closing iconic Tokyo arcade that’s been in business for almost 30 years

Sega Ikebukuro GiGO has been a landmark since the ‘90s’ golden era of Japanese arcades.

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Masturbatory aid rocket launches in Japan【Video】

Tenga pulls off its biggest, boldest stunt yet.

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Kadokawa president apologizes and takes pay cut for his comments about censoring manga

The publishing president is “deeply reflecting” on his “inappropriate comments” during his recent appearance on a TV program.

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Return of Comiket doujinshi manga convention announced for 2021 in Tokyo

After missing multiple iterations due to the coronavirus, organizers feel confident about holding otaku gathering once again.

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Canadian reporter in Tokyo impressed by the transportational efficiency of Japan’s mama chari

Who needs a car when you can fit this many kids on your chari when running errands?

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Londoners marvel at newly-opened Marugame Udon restaurant’s low prices

You paid how much for a bowl of udon?!

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Feel like a kid again at one of Japan’s last true old-school candy stores

Ryu-kun’s Shop in Chiba is a real throwback to another era.

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