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This hotel has one of the coolest katana collections in Japan, and admission is totally free【Pics】

Centuries of samurai history are on display, and we’ll teach you what to look for in appreciating the beauty of a Japanese sword.

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Kyoto Animation security system was shut down on day of arson attack that killed 35

Witnesses report arsonist said “They stole my novel, so I set the fire.”

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Like heights? 231-meter (758-foot) skyscraper in Tokyo opens a zipline course on its roof

Zipline of the Heavens promises to be hell on earth for anyone with a fear of heights.

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Japanese teens develop anti-fart underwear that blocks smell and sound of flatulence

Because everyone farts.

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Bubble tea amusement park to open in Harajuku, promises to be the “tapioca land of your dreams”

Boba fans won’t want to miss this!

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Japan’s prime minister asks men cheating on their wives, and their girlfriends to vote for him

Votes are votes, right?

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Kyoto has a shrine that’s supposed to make you rich, so our reporter Mai tested its power

With blessed money and a blessed wallet, is Mai about to strike it rich?

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Tokyo man arrested for underwear theft after instant, raging attraction to another man

Says victim was “a totally hot dude.”

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Motorsports, hot springs, huge ramen, and an amusement park: All reasons to visit Suzuka Circuit

Mie Prefecture’s Suzuka is the home of Japan’s most famous racetrack, but there’s more than cars to get excited about.

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All Japanese customers banned from restaurant…in Japan?!?

Ramen chef has had it with rude customers from his own country, so he’s cast them out of his noodle paradise.

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Testing Japan’s stick-on, mask-your-pooping-sound speakers against our coworker’s butt【Video】

When Go takes a dump, everyone in the office knows, but can a team of “sound princesses” solve the dilemma?

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Out of 144 countries, Japan ranks 142nd in the world for helping strangers

Also ranks 128th in overall “World Giving Index.”

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This is what a 8,500-yen (US$76) Tokyo bento beef boxed lunch looks like【Taste test】

Tokyo’s newest gourmet bento shop is open, and our stomachs (and wallet) are ready.

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You can buy, and eat, a grilled sparrow on the streets of Kyoto, so we did【Taste test】

A local Kyoto recipe like no other.

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Yoshinoya sells frozen beef bowl topping packs, but are they as good as the restaurant kind?

We taste test both offerings from Japan’s gyudon god, and find a key difference.

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Japan’s semi-functional air conditioner capsule toys promise to help us cope with the summer heat

Some assembly, possibly imagination, required.

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There’s a serial crapper stinking up Tokyo’s Akihabara by pooping on the street

Local merchants, and their noses, are offended by the months-long string of piles of vandalism in Japan’s otaku mecca.

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Japan now has crab fish paste sticks that taste like soda

Why drink soda when you can add it to salads and sandwiches instead?

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Hayao Miyazaki talks on how working hard isn’t something to be proud of, not forgiving yourself

Says being unable to sleep is “a matter of course” and “people who can easily forgive themselves don’t do very good work.”

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Japan’s most-wanted manga pirate arrested in the Philippines, facing deportation

Government official calls 28-year-old “a risk to public safety and security.”

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