Japan

“Disaster”: 2018 Kanji of the Year unveiled by Buddhist monk at Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto

Some people in Japan are lamenting the fact that another kanji from the top 20 list wasn’t chosen instead.

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Commuter chaos at Shibuya Station after glass window breaks on door of crowded Japanese train

Crowds came to a standstill at rush hour as staff inspected the damage.

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How do Japanese women feel about going Dutch on a date? Survey investigates, finds gap

Surprising amount say they’re OK with splitting the bill, but numbers might not tell the whole story.

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Tokyo’s fried-chicken cooking robot is here, and here’s a guide to help you use it【Photos】

Mr. Sato puts the culinary skills of Lawson’s Karaage-kun Robo to a taste test.

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Nifty Japanese rice wine kit lets you brew your own tasty sake in the comfort of your own home

Now you can make awesome sake like a pro, too.

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Treat yourself to a luxury coffee made from a rare bean harvest at Lawson Japan

Ever wanted to sip a rare coffee blend, made of beans from 100-year old trees in Panama? Lawson is here to help!

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New iPhone XS commercial features a tricked-out “dekotora” truck with a tear-jerking story

It’s not just about being flashy – it’s also about serving others.

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Eevee and Eeveelution necklaces now on sale, promise to wipe out your wallet

They’re so pretty, you’ll want to buy ’em all!

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The all-new Kyotrain, maybe Japan’s most Japanese train ever, will take you to Kyoto this spring

Beautiful, quick, and inexpensive, there’s no cooler way to get to Kyoto than this.

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2018 Top 20 Day Trip Onsen Hot Spring and Spa Ranking in Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without a dip in one of the country’s quintessential hot springs.

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Nightclub dancers, the Japan women’s national football team, and a famous Tokyo landmark are all hidden inside the design. 

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Sushi burritos come to Tokyo with the opening of Beeat in Tokyo, and we tried three for ourselves

In the biggest sushi-loving town on the planet, can this unique twist on Japan’s food culture succeed?

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Japanese snack food maker introduces new potato chips…for women!

Specifically women who want to share lovely photos of whatever they’re eating on social media.

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【Conspiracy theory】 Does secret code show Rumiko Takahashi’s next manga serial will be her last?

Our reporter finds a freaky coincidence or a hidden message in the titles of the Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2 creator’s series to date.

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Japanese museum holds on to child’s lost stuffed animal for 30 years, gives it bath, new clothes

Beyond-kind lost and found corner still hopes it can find original owner.

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Japanese Knife Man creates a gorgeous blade with UV resin that looks like slice of the ocean【Vid】

The man who can make knives out of pasta and underwear is back with his most beautiful idea yet.

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Homeless dropout becomes Lamborghini-driving ladies’ man and top host in Kabukicho 【Video】

Akaya Kunugi owes it all to his rich “princesses” who spend up to US$35,000 a night on him. 

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Foreigner attempts to fend off six Japanese police officers at Tokyo Starbucks 【Video】

The violent scuffle and eventual arrest was captured on camera by an eyewitness.

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Star Wars-themed eyewear arrives in Japan, lets you see The Force with unparalleled clarity

Spoil yourself with a pair of shadowy Darth Vader sunglasses or a golden C-3PO frame.

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Kyoto has some exquisite Japanese-style frozen snacks based on the legendary Azuki Bar

Both luxurious and wholesome, these Azuki Bars are not to be missed.

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