Japan

U.S. college student learns the hard way to get your Japanese kanji tattoo checked by an expert

Innocent idea doesn’t go anywhere close to how she expected.

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COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan, doctors puzzled why

Some perplexingly good news for once.

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Ippudo tonkotsu ramen broth in a can: the hottest drink of the season?

Well, this turned out to be completely different to what we were expecting. 

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Mr. Sato enjoys the good Life and loads up on food to get loaded with【Japan’s Best Home Senbero】

Our writers get a new lease on Life.

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On Halloween, turn any character into a wounded zombie version with these few simple steps【Pics】

Our reporter shares her pro tips for applying wound makeup for her masked, zombie version of fan-favorite Harley Quinn this year.

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Retro Japanese toys make childhood lottery dreams come true

These are the games kids used to play before Japanese video games.

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The world’s best invention is now even better in the form of a specially built gaming kotatsu

Game enthusiasts and kotatsu enthusiasts now have something to be doubly enthusiastic about together.

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Introducing the nyabudai and nyabon: Matching dining tables sized for you and your cat【Pics】

And yes, there’s a Japanese pun involved.

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Kawaguchi’s mascot Cupolan doesn’t mind that you think it looks like a turd

It really is thick-skinned.

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You want fries with that? Too bad – KFC Japan running out of potatoes, suspending French fry sales

Bad news for anyone who’s craving some Kentucky-fried potatoes.

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Japanese gacha capsule vending machines now sell random-destination airplane ticket  discounts

A gacha capsule for anyone who truly thinks it’s not the destination that’s important, but the journey.

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Giant flying Totoro balloon appears at Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum【Video】

Museum marks a special milestone since its opening.

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Cardcaptor Sakura and Sanrio collab for the perfect character pair merch

This is what happens when fictional characters design for other fictional characters.

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Alien abduction earrings coming from Japan’s leading authority on the matter, Mu Magazine

The accessory is out there.

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Is Kyoto’s raindrop cake as good as the original from Yamanashi?

Japan’s famous water cake now has some stiff competition. 

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How to stop your umbrella from getting stolen in Japan during the pandemic

Simple anti-theft hack to protect your brolly from thieves.

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Kansai area people more genetically predisposed to liking coffee than elsewhere in Japan

Wake up and smell the genomes.

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Flower field bento is cute, quick, and easy…just be careful not to make one mistake【Pics】

Japanese Twitter falls in love with both the clever before and disastrous after of this boxed lunch.

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Japanese ramen shop bans YouTubers

“To put it bluntly, it’s kind of gross and uncomfortable…”

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New upcycle project from Kyoto turns kimonos from the 1950s and ’60s into high-fashion dresses

These haute couture offerings breathe new life into classic Japanese print.

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