Japan

Osaka’s aged idol group Obachaaan still on fire, also helping prevent fires

Don’t call it a comeback. They’ve been here for years, dispensing candy and unsolicited advice.

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Eevee evolves into the latest Pokémon dessert with an adorable, drinkable “apple pie”

Pikachu Sweets cafe also offers unnecessary yet must-have accessory.

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Over 130,000 Japanese netizens rank the Top 20 anime opening themes of all time

You’ll never guess what’s at the top, or maybe you will. (You probably will.)

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Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online

Surprise gesture of goodwill comes with an amusing caveat from producer Toshio Suzuki. 

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Is the end nigh for tapioca? Tokyo tapioca shops suffer closures in the midst of COVID-19

Will this be the nail in the coffin, the last boba straw through the lid?

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Twitter quacks with laughter at this hilariously angry duck berating a golden retriever【Video】

Any dog that thinks it can swipe a duck’s paddling pool is in for a honking great lecture.

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Speaking positively about marijuana online leads to arrest of Japanese man and woman

Many surprised by the arrests over 800 pro-weed comments in a veritable “crime of passion.”

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Jazz up your anime figure collection shelf with these cool, rotating, light-up display cases

Show off your favorite character in style.

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Studio Ghibli unveils new “chopstick letters” to send to loved ones

Share the joy of eating with the help of some beloved anime characters. 

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Pokémon PON handwashing stamps available to help keep your hands squeaky clean

Having trouble washing your hands for 30 seconds? Pokémon can help!

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New sweet potato/college potato Frappuccino joins the roster at Starbucks Japan

Classy new drink has its roots in Tokyo university student life.

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Japanese survey takers go back to school to vote on their favorite school lunch menu items

We’ve outlined the top five elementary school lunch menu items that reigned supreme in the people’s collective memory. 

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Tokyo Disneyland’s Beauty and Beast Castle, largest expansion in park’s history, announce opening

Belle, Beast, and Baymax will start welcoming fans this month.

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Newest tool to help Japanese people learn English: An all-English isekai light novel

Fantasy tale provides best of both worlds with a story that students both can and will want to read.

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Japanese office workers getting boost by giving themselves anime ending theme at end of workday

Get Wild taikin puts a swaggering period on the end of the day, and Guren shukkin helps on the other end.

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We try the new Dom Dom Burger with a whole fried crab — best fast food near Sensoji temple

New burgers mark the grand opening of a new branch at Tokyo’s historic amusement park.

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Over 500 karaoke boxes close due to Covid-19, dealing historic blow to the industry

Safety fears and an urge to social distance has rung a death knell for one of Japan’s most famous pastimes.

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Japan’s tallest skyscraper ever, taller than Tokyo Tower, to be built near Tokyo Station

The Torch Tower hopes to be a bright and energetic new symbol for the city.

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People wowed by Japanese road signs that change automatically in seconds 【Videos】

Traffic tech never looked so cool.

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Studio Ghibli releases new Spirited Away kami collection

Mysterious bathhouse spirits finally get their time in the spotlight. 

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