Crowdfunding campaign opens to rebuild fire-ravaged Shuri Castle, raises over 290 million yen

Governor of Okinawa gives hoped-for target date for repair of symbol of Okinawa.

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Assistive exoskeletons now available in Japanese electronic stores, lets you do serious lifting

Each relieves up to 25 kilograms of force and doesn’t even need electricity!

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Fire breaks out near Japan’s Shirakawa-go World Heritage site【Videos】

Hidden sprinkler defense system activates to help protect beautiful traditional thatched-roof farmhouses.

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Niigata student tricks woman out of 100,000 yen and two pairs of dirty underwear

Ah, the old dirty-underwear-wrap con. She should have seen it coming.

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Star Wars is being turned into a kabuki play with one Japan’s biggest stars playing Kylo Ren

Let the past die. Turn it into a kabuki play, if you have to.

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Manga cafe with 24-hour, all-you-can-eat food might be cheapest place to stay (or live) in Japan

Food, shelter, shower, and laundry. Everything you need, and for just 2,140 yen (US$19.80) a day.

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Protect your sweets from fridge thieves with Japan’s Pudding Alert 2.1 system!【Video】

If you work in an office or live in a home with people who have a sweet tooth and sticky fingers, this is the dessert-saving device you need.

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New Cup Noodles “The Fork” is perfect for getting those tiny bits at the bottom of your cup

Never waste any more noodles or toppings!

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Beautiful Zelda, awesome Pokémon/Mario crossover merch are Nintendo Tokyo shop exclusives【Pics】

Extra-cute Animal Crossing kitchenware also on offer at Japan’s first-ever dedicated Nintendo store.

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We ask one of Japan’s best guitarists how to play a crappy 100-yen toy beautifully

One man did the impossible. T-cophany played one of those crappy toy guitars beautifully.

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Shibuya Halloween Throwback: When a Japanese woman’s costume was at the mercy of passersby【Pics】

We look back on a great solution to the problem of picking one costume: wear everyone’s old ones at once!

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New 40th Anniversary Mobile Suit Gundam eyeglasses are both stylish and nerdy, make great gifts

Use these mobile suit-inspired glasses to rep your favorite franchise in an understated way.

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Hot new landmark Shibuya Scramble Square offers a heart-stopping view of Tokyo

Twitter posts the highest highlight of Shibuya’s newest tourist spot: its vast and dizzying view.
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Should Akihabara be walled off from the rest of Tokyo? Twitter user proposes bold rezoning plan

Admission fees, age requirements, and unrestricted public posting of erotic anime art would all be part of “Akihabara Gate City.”

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Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent

As it turns out, not squeezing employees dry like a sponge is maybe a good thing.

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The cute cat that loves to ride to school on her hooman’s randoseru backpack every day 【Videos】

Turns out the Japanese randoseru school backpack is perfectly designed for cats to ride on.

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Massive 120-meter Godzilla statue being built as part of Japanese theme park’s newest attraction

If you’ve ever wanted to zip-line through the King of the Monsters or save Japan from one of his rampages, this is your new happiest place on earth.

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We try the new Christmas Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

It looks like a Japanese Christmas cake, but does it really taste like one as well?

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Does running like Naruto really make you faster? A YouTube science channel investigates【Video】

Experiments have been done before…but never with a gold medalist sprinter!

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“We will, absolutely, rebuild Shuri Castle” Okinawa governor promises after devastating fire

Castle’s main hall, two other buildings completely consumed by flames.

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