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One of Kyoto’s best secret ramen restaurants isn’t a restaurant at all – it’s a van!

This ramen chef could work anywhere, but there’s a special reason he’s kept coming back to the same place for almost 30 years.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo unveils exclusive sakura cherry blossom drinkware range for 2020

Travel mugs, cups and glasses adorned with pink blooms sit alongside cherry blossom mocktails for a limited time.

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Japan Railways to release new anti-groper smartphone app to help victims before chikan gets away

Countermeasure promises to bring attention to the specific part of the train where the groping is taking place.

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Final Evangelion movie’s voice recording is almost done, Shinji saved for last, says actress

Snapshot from the recording booth shows the beginning of the end of one of anime’s most important franchises ever.

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Starbucks Japan reveals first sakura Frappuccino for cherry blossom season 2020

Real extract from the trees gives you a sense of what it’s like to drink the cherry blossoms.

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A Tokyo host club can be a great place for a GUY to drink

Mr. Sato goes for a night out with the [handsome] boys.

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Do you need to apologize when using a credit card in Japan?

Online commenters have a strong reaction to textbook’s advice, but there might be another angle to consider.

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Law would make it illegal for Osaka adults to sleep with schoolgirls unless they REALLY like them

Proposed revision, which allows for consummation of “serious relationships,” would actually be stricter than existing ordinance.

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Laugh and learn! Japanese language school for foreigners teaches real Japanese with manzai comedy

Tokyo language school shows students a kind of Japanese you won’t find in textbooks, but that you’ll definitely want in your skill set.

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Here’s what happened when our biggest male otaku tried out Japan’s new Manga Genic eyeliner【Pics】

Manga Genic promises you the eyes of an anime star, but can our reporter handle that kind of power?

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Survey finds only six percent of Japanese workers motivated, seventh lowest in the world

Read all about this troubling social trend…or don’t. What do I care?

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Taste-testing the new Chocolate Milk Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

The closest thing to a Starbucks chocolate bubble tea Frappuccino yet.

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Starbucks Japan releases special sakura gift packs for cherry blossom season 2020

Enjoy the taste of sakura Starbucks at home or in the office this spring.

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Kit Kat’s crazy new cocoa pod dessert is only available at its Tokyo cafe【Photos】

Mouthwatering dessert uses part of the cocoa pod that most people forget about, but not the Kit Kat Chocolatory chefs.

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Supporting anime/idol crush tops Japanese teen girls’ New Year’s cash spending targets【Survey】

For those who aren’t planning to hang on to their monetary presents from grandma and grandpa, advancing their oshi is the top plan.

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Chinese social media urges people to cut up surgical masks before disposing of them, but why?

A grim piece of advice is trending on Weibo.

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Demon-slaying Dojigiri, one of Japan’s Five Swords Under Heaven, now on display at Kasuga Shrine

Legendary blade is a an official natural treasure, and presented in a uniquely beautiful way.

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Japan’s first-ever capybara cat cafe opens in Tokyo

The only cafe in Japan where you can enjoy the company of a capybara, the world’s largest living rodent.

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McDonald’s Japan’s first-ever rice burgers are here, and we try them before they go on sale

We weren’t sure if a bacon cheese rice burger was a good idea, and now we know if our fears were justified.

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Japanese restaurant chain selling not just folded pizzas, but LUCKY folded pizzas!

All the things that make pizza great, only folded!

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