Japan

Sapporo Snow Festival 2019 opens in Japan

Star Wars, anime favourites, and tennis pro Naomi Osaka all make an appearance at this year’s event.

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Japanese mobile pay service PayPay offers new, easy-to-use cashless payment system

All you need is a smartphone with the PayPay app on it!

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Studying kids from a Japanese publishing logo break free, go on adventure by reading books

Shogakukan’s studying children leap out of their logo and find an endless fantasy world waiting for them. Get reading, kids!

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Remember: Japanese kombucha is nothing like American kombucha

It’s a tale of two kombuchas as Mr. Sato tries a canned kombucha imported from the U.S. that startles his taste buds and blows his mind.

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Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile

As NGT48 announces new concerts, Maho Yamaguchi and three others seem to be distancing themselves from the unit.

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Japanese net mourns 2020 hiatus of mega-idols Arashi, group explains reasons for the decision

The number-one multifaceted male pop group in Japan has inadvertently broken the hearts of millions.

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Chocolate hot spring bath opens in Japan, allows swimsuits, mixed-gender bathing

An onsen like no other in the Tokyo area’s premier hot spring resort town.

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Pay-to-poop vs free poop: We compare Japanese toilets at Tokyo Station

Find out why some toilets come with an entry fee. 

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Japanese high school students go viral with perfect Pixar logo performance 【Video】

Just like the animated logo at the start of a Pixar movie, only funnier.

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In Japan, one yen coins don’t get picked up by strangers in public – they multiply instead

One coin became an investment in happiness for an entire apartment complex.

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Ladybeard makes a comeback as Aquabeard, unshaven fearsome protector of the deep

Why isn’t this guy in the movie?

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Chinese government uses character bearing uncanny resemblance to Mario in anti-corruption video

Famous plumber finds himself sucked into a world of politics.

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Surprising amount of Japanese people find going to see their friend’s new baby annoying

Childbirth may have been a big deal for you, but it’s not necessarily for everyone else.

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Ninjago World to arrive in Legoland Japan, lets visitors learn the blocky ways of the shadow

Master techniques crucial to becoming a master Lego ninja.

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Tokyo accessory maker turns Japan’s prefectures into pieces of art to wear around your neck

Beautiful silver series is a subtle way to show off your favorite part of Japan.

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Meet your favorite Sesame Street characters at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan

Once again, Krispy Kreme gives us a line of doughnuts that are way too cute to eat!

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Japanese netizen comes up with brilliant idea for child-friendly train handle

Too short to reach the grab handles? This trick ensures your little ones will always be safe and steady on public transport.

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Chiitan, the self-injuring otter mascot, to get own animated series

You just can’t keep a good otter down.

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Japanese Twitter user wins free ice cream for a year, surprised that’s what they literally get

If you ever wanted to know what a full year of ice cream looks like, here’s you chance!

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Aichi man discovers he is the legendary “Ghost Trumpeter of Lake Iruka”

One guy’s life suddenly became an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

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