Japan

Kyoto now has Pokémon manhole covers as Generation 2 comes to the real-life Johto region

City’s famous Gion and Arashiyama neighborhoods welcome Kyoto’s first Pokéfuta.

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A visit to Japan’s cursed tunnel and statue of Oshima Zuido【Haunted Japan】

One cursed spot just isn’t enough for this small coastal town.

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There’s a special, familial reason Utada Hikaru looks so natural and unguarded in her new video

Part of the 21-million-view video for Evangelion theme “One Last Kiss” was filmed by a five-year-old.

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Petition to allow students to choose what they wear to school gathers almost 19,000 signatures

A coalition of students, teachers, and lawyers submitted the petition to the Japanese Ministry of Education on March 26.

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Japanese beauty brand drops the word “whitening” from its products

Kao leads the way in eliminating the notion of “white is beautiful” in the skincare industry.

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Man climbs down side of building in Tokyo to steal…a bunch of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards

Thief applied skills he learned in high school club activity.

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Amazing new powder turns ramen broth from a liquid back into a solid, but why?【Video】

Leftover Cup Noodle Broth Hardening Powder is Nissin’s latest innovation.

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The best and worst Japanese food for foreigners

After catering to people from over 15 countries at events, there are some clear winners and losers in the world of Japanese cuisine.

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Mos Burger releases new teriyaki burger-flavored snack fries with a slight identity crisis

Is it a burger, fries, or something else entirely? We may have stumbled upon the first recognized case of burger-ception. 

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Tokyo Babylon anime reboot project cancelled after multiple copied designs discovered

Producers say they have lost faith in Tokyo Babylon 2021’s animation studio.

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Five Japanese sign language phrases with interesting reasoning behind them

From the downright obvious to the surprising yet amusing, Japanese Sign Language has it all.

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This new Onsen Mask is here to help you soak in the steam, not the germs

A specially constructed mask designed for use in all kinds of public bathing facilities.

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Japanese woman surprised to learn foreigners don’t openly tell women they have big breasts

Encounter with foreigners leads woman to realise she’s from “a sexually underdeveloped country”.

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What to buy at Daiso’s new Standard Products store in Tokyo

Look out, Muji and Ikea — this 100-yen store chain is coming to steal your customers.

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Insider tip leads us to one of the best obento lunchbox finds in Japan!

Value-for-money bentos so good we were tempted to keep the secret to ourselves.

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Labor ministry employee power harassed by his own power harassment counselor

Sounds like a sick joke, but really just sick.

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Are 100 yen shop Daiso’s Japanese radish seeds worth your time? Let’s find out【Experiment】

Radical value from cheap radish sprouts?

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Sakura Havaianas on sale in Japan, modelled by twin sister musicians

Fashion icons bring their special flair to new cherry blossom collection.

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If you’re “feeling stuck in life and want to die,” the 20,000/24 plan might help you feel better

Japanese Twitter user’s strategy is a quick reminder that it’s OK to value yourself.

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Kiss Choco Mint: New Japanese drink challenges all our minty preconceptions

“Unprecedented combination” of chocolate mint and carbonic acid surprises us with its flavour.

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