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Japanese high school teachers forcibly cut off hair that was “too long” from 44 students

Because nothing promotes a healthy learning environment like traumatizing students with scissors in front of their peers.

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Meg tries the new convenience store-exclusive Matcha Green Tea Steamed Bun【SoraNews24 taste test】

One of Kyoto’s best confectioners delivers a whole new way to enjoy green tea sweets.

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Japanese travel provider has a clever psychological solution to reclining seat aggravation

Whether the person in front of you adjusting the seat angle is a good or bad thing is all a matter of perspective, Tokyo-bound overnight bus shows us.

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Lame tourists’ lame excuse for spray-painting graffiti in Tokyo still gets them arrested

Claim they thought graffiti was allowed in one Tokyo neighborhood.

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Anime isn’t like reality: High school days edition

As new freshmen get ready to start high school in Japan, a reminder that a lot of what they’ve seen in anime isn’t how things are really going to be.

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New line of super-Japanese chocolates comes infused with wasabi, sake, and even seaweed

Plus tried-and-true dessert flavors like green tea and cherry blossom.

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The five laws of anime magical girl series

SoraNews24’s Seiji compiles a list of five things you’ll need to do if you want to be a heroine in the grand tradition of Sailor Moon and her ilk.

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Our foodie Meg takes on Subway Japan’s ridiculously big, surprisingly cheap Giant Sub sandwich

Beautifully braided, humorously huge, and astoundingly affordable.

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What happens to unsold manga? Some of it becomes toilet paper, these photos show

Manga author relates the depressing tale of seeing the ignoble fate of his leftover comics.

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Japanese man’s “scary” story of woman he met in a bar who asked him to spend the night together

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, but this tale of deception has a double-twist ending.

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Godiva runs full-page ad asking Japanese women to stop buying so much Valentine’s chocolate

Belgian confectioner maker says enough is enough with Japan’s practice of women giving male coworkers “obligation chocolate.”

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What happens when you answer one of those sketchy social media comments offering easy money?

Our reporter decides to answer one of those “Earn money from your photos!” comments on his Instagram page.

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Japanese elementary schools’ list of behavior requirements would be hard for most adults to clear

Over a dozen conduct pointers cover everything from shoes to interpersonal relationships.

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Cherry Blossom Pocky sound blooming delicious, so let’s try these new sakura sweets【Taste test】

Japan’s most famous snack food steps into spring with this limited-time seasonal flavor.

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Japan’s chicken nugget French fry instant ramen will fill you up with two comfort foods at once

Cup Noodle maker Nissin continues to push the instant ramen envelope in delicious new ways.

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Japan’s latest luxury train is a stylish cafe on rails with hundred-year-old craftsmanship

Locally-sourced ingredients served in dining area decorated with woven bamboo, stonework made with samurai-era techniques.
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JAXA paying people 380,000 yen to drop out of life for two weeks

Anyone under 55 and with nothing much to do is eligible for some fairly easy money.

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We tried the awesome battery-free, instant photo printer for smartphones and came away impressed

Harken back to the days of instant photography with this nifty gadget.

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Chocolate meets sushi in Kura Sushi’s Valentine’s dessert — the “Tiramisushi”

If you think this Valentine’s offering looks like an ordinary dessert, wait until you see what it’s made of!

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Meet and eat nostalgic Sanrio characters from the 80s at limited-time cafe in Tokyo

Tuxedo Sam, Cheery Chums, and other beloved characters from decades past are here to fill your belly.

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