Japan

Tokyo’s amazing Takarazuka-style photo studio can transform you into a famous anime star

Makeover turns our reporter into Lady Oscar, heroine of The Rose of Versailles and the all-female Takarazuka theater troupe.

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Fake eggs are being used in Japanese convenience store bentos

Customer’s investigation leads to a discovery that’s shocked people around Japan.

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Eat, drink, and shop the world of Star Wars at five OH MY CAFE locations in Japan this winter

You won’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy these Star Wars themed foods and drinks

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Final Fantasy VII remake gets delayed, but bad news comes with a promise

Square Enix pushes back the release date for what might be its most highly anticipated game ever.

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Fukuoka man arrested for licking the ear of a female stranger he fancied

What may work between dogs doesn’t apply to human relations.

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Coca-Cola Japan unveils new sakura design bottle for cherry blossom season 2020

The limited-edition “spring omotenashi” is perfect for hanami picnics.

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Tear up the stage and the 2020 Tokyo Marathon with kabuki-inspired ASICS sneakers

Japanese shoe company ASICS brings the theatrical flair with their commemorative 2020 Tokyo Marathon line.

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Everyone: “I wouldn’t move to Miyazaki Prefecture if they paid me.”

Gorgeous but remote region struggles to bring people in.

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Yokohama’s Coming of Age Ceremony ruined by “yankees” who fight, illegally scale walls, drink

But in spite of all that, Pikachu still made a guest appearance!

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Ghibli anime Whisper of the Heart/Mimi wo Sumaseba is getting a live-action sequel film

Young lovers’ lives aren’t going quite as they planned/promised once they hit adulthood.

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Seijinshiki 2020: Kitakyushu’s Coming of Age Ceremony dazzles in the Year of the Rat【Photos】

Kitakyushu welcomes its first Coming of Age Ceremony of the Reiwa Era in its typical outrageous fashion(s).

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Nintendo’s employee recruiting pamphlet is a full-color Super Mario storybook【Photos】

No boring charts or dull text for video gaming’s most playful AAA publisher.

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Neighbors berate Japanese homeowner for hanging up camo clothes where kids can see

This survival game hobbyist is wondering where else he’s supposed to hang his clothes to dry.

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Japanese cosplay model shows off thighs, but fans’ eyes are on her Nintendo 64 controller grip

”That’s not how you hold an N64 controller!” say commenters, but maybe they need a history lesson.

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Survey ranks Japanese prefectures by how much people want to continue living there

Spoiler: the most popular prefecture is also the largest.

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Japanese bar hostess goes too far with the compliments, scares customer into going home

There’s a fine line between “Only this girl realizes how cool I am” and “There’s no way that should make anyone attracted to me.”

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Japanese shrine bans foreign visitors following disrespectful behaviour by tourists

Nagasaki priest says over-tourism, vandalism and theft of amulets led to his controversial decision.

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Why do Japanese stairs have red-and-yellow marks on them?

Even people in Japan are surprised to learn what they’re for.

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Japanese salaryman creates jaw-dropping model of Shinjuku from paper

From towering skyscrapers through to the world’s busiest station, this sprawling Tokyo ward took years to recreate in miniature.

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Three of Japan’s best whiskies are about to disappear as Nikka shortages loom

Japanese whiskies continue to taste too good for their own existence.

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