Japanese woman receives Kobe beef croquettes after waiting nine years, and she was lucky.

Backlog for Kiwami Croquettes has more than doubled in the near-decade she was waiting.

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We visit a mysterious pagoda near Yomiuri Land, turns out to be an incredibly sacred spot

An enigmatic-looking building turns out to be much more.

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Japan Rail West offering chance to sleep in a platypus’ mouth

Great for fans of strange mammals and/or contactless payment services.

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Why are almost all women you see riding rickshaws in Japan cute? We ask a pro, learn two reasons

Our Japanese reporter has his impression confirmed.

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A visit to the Studio Ghibli theme park for a secret look at the new areas

Pulling the curtain back on what awaits you when you step into the magical anime world of Ghibli.

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The giant bowling pins on the top of Japanese buildings often have a hidden second purpose

Your eye isn’t the only thing they’re supposed to catch.

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No more neckties! Japanese prefecture abolishes necktie dress code for government employees

Decision is a plus for workers and the environment.

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Matcha Fair comes to Ikea with all things green tea

Home furnishings have never been so bittersweet.

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Travel off the beaten path to a secret spot in Japan where bamboo grows wild on an old train line

Like the bamboo grove in Kyoto, but with less tourists and more beauty. 

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Good God what is this hideous anime plushie?!?【Photos】

And believe it or not the function it’s got a function besides “haunt your nightmares.”

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We retreat for a day of rejuvenation at Green Hill Yatsugatake recreation facility in Yamanashi

The rec facility is open to anyone for reservations and boasts grounds that are 7.5 times the size of Tokyo Dome.

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Shigeru Mizuki’s world of Japanese yokai comes to life in new exhibition in Tokyo

“Betobeto-san” © 水木プロダクション (Mizuki Productions)

A parade of monsters is coming to Roppongi Hills this summer, and it sounds like a treat! 

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Trying 4 of Japanese airline’s retort curries, including ones served in first-class

ANA really doesn’t fool around with flavor.

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Tickets on sale for exhibit of every book Ghibli producer has ever read, boyhood room recreation

Want to produce great anime like Toshio Suzuki? Read more books.

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Tokyo losing landmark bookstore, giant bookmark created to mark its place【Photos】

Special displays, sales, and even book fortunes commemorate Sanseido moving on to its next chapter. 

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Studio Ghibli reveals real reason why Jiji stops talking at the end of Kiki’s Delivery Service

Producer solves a mystery that’s puzzled fans of the anime film for decades.

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Hotel guest who boiled crabs in room’s kettle angry to have to pay for damages

Legal dispute has everyone feeling crabby.

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Japan Railways offering ‘Shinkansen for Pets’, includes dog-friendly vacation packages

The ‘Woof-cation‘ package includes a photographer, veterinarian and dog trainer.

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A creepy, unplanned visit to a Japanese ghost town…with ice cream!【Photos】

A trip to Kiyosato on “the train line closest to the heavens.”

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Survey picks Japan’s top three (actually four) open-air museums【Photos】

A day at the museum doesn’t have to mean a day inside.

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