Japan

Sumo wrestler quits over COVID-19 fears, breaks no-social-media rule doing so

They can’t fire him. He quit.

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Chinese zodiac Evangelion characters are here to wish you a happy, chibi Year of the Ox【Pics】

A new line of adorable cow-splay merch.

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Lego’s new Botanical Collection opens up a world of permanent petal play for stressed adults

Indulge your inner child in a more mature manner with Lego’s new bonsai and flower bouquet sets.

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Mister Donut rolls out new collab sweets with Belgian chocolatier for Valentine’s season

Donut resist the urge to seduce your special someone with these delectable treats.

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If you’re reading pirated manga, one artist would prefer you just not read their work at all

“We’re not drawing manga as volunteers.”

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Here’s why Japanese supermarkets play “cheap” background music all day, according to Twitter

There’s a reason why they don’t play other kinds of music!

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Kyoto Animation arsonist says which scene he feels copied his work and incited attack

Incredibly brief Tsurune meat-shopping scene aired exactly eight months before arson attack.

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Blossom Harmony Hibiki is Japan’s newest must-try whisky

Suntory adds a touch of sakura to its famous blend this year.

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Pokémon “you’ll absolutely want to get licked by” plushie is here to make nap time freaky

Hey, Gengar, stick out your tongue, because we’re feeling sleepy.

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You can turn half your arm into Eva Unit-01 with the crazy Evangelion drink holder

Just in time for the release of the final Evangelion movie, there’s a new way to bond with the most famous Eva of all.

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KFC releases a creamy fried-on-fried sensation in Japan for a limited time

Taking chicken burgers to a whole new level.

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Stay at a ninja trick house in Japan with hidden doors and passageways

Immerse yourself in the way of the shadow warrior by staying the night in this 100-year-old building.

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New Pokémon luxury jewelry will star Jigglypuff with her own tiny pink sapphire

U-Treasure is back with their most melodic Pokémon collaboration yet!

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“Peaceful life with many dogs” is unacceptable dream, Japanese high school teacher tells student

Does your dream have to be a job?

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Asahi Super Dry to sell draft beer in a can

Can they really pack a full draft beer experience in a can?

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McDonald’s Japan updates children’s Happy Meals to be more inspiring and nutritionally sound

January 8 heralds a new era of health-conscious menu options and educational freebies.

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Bluefin tuna fish sells for bargain low price of roughly US$200,000 in Tokyo auction

The first auction of the year took place despite Tokyo’s ongoing battle with coronavirus.

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Legendary basketball anime Slam Dunk is getting a brand-new movie

First-ever theatrical release for one of the most popular and influential sports anime of all time.

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Welcome to Inami Station, where these adorable frogs keep you company as you wait for your train

Once again, the reason for cute and quirky stuff in Japan is a pun.

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Invite some luck into your life this year with Furla’s new Little Cats collection of merch

The new lineup of luxury goods draws inspiration from Japan’s manekineko “beckoning cat” figurines. 

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