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Japanese teen wins right to change name from “His Lordship the Prince” to something less flowery

After years of embarrassment, Oji-sama Akaike finally has a new name.

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Great East Japan Earthquake memorial service broadcast in Shinjuku after years-long absence

People stopped to pray by a screen in the middle of busy Shinjuku.

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Hokkaido police searching for naked man in glasses who groped woman in sub-zero weather

Lack of common decency and common sense lead to unusual attack in Sapporo.

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Too much anime? Number of late-night series to premiere in spring is down 40 percent, fan says

Steep drop has some hoping less quantity will lead to more quality.

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Yamagata police tell residents not to worry about knife-wielding man roaming the streets

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

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Optical illusion sticker from Japan gives cat companionship to people in no-pet apartments

Previously focused on boob-based fantasies, the Delusion Mapping design team can now provide you with an imaginary feline buddy.

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Pink sakura-flavored baum cake from Nenrinya looks delightfully delectable!

This limited edition sakura baum cake perfectly fits the description “pretty in pink” while looking incredibly tasty at the same time.  

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Brand-new Gundam Cafe, biggest branch yet, to open in Osaka this month

Anime eatery’s first branch in central Japan offers exclusive food and merch for mecha fans.

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Japanese middle school teacher kisses her student at Tokyo Disneyland during date, gets fired

A real-world ending follows their Magic Kingdom kiss.

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Osaka pickup artist arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman he got drunk for lesson

Student and teacher arrested following nightclub training session.

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Anime star Captain Tsubasa takes over Tokyo train station, turns ticket gate into soccer field

Beloved anime about the beautiful game inspires awesome station.

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Fujiya’s new Mille-Feuille Burger spreads Japanese sweet tastes on crunchy, creamy cake buns

The monarch of milky munchies has managed to mix mille-feuille with all manner of classic Japanese treats!

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Tokyo party problem: Last train on most important line will soon leave almost 30 minutes earlier

Keep an eye on the clock unless you want to stay out all night.

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Japanese travelers are avoiding Kyoto as the city’s number of foreign visitors continues to grow

Hotel operators say the ancient capital’s beautiful temples have a newfound image as congested and inconvenient.

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Kyoto’s green tea sweets capital now has matcha ramen too!【Taste test】

Green tea-infused noodles let you consume matcha even outside of tea time while in Uji.

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Japan now has Sugar Romper cosplay costumes for people who want to give up on being an adult

Japanese fetish designer takes Lolita fashion to new extremes.

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Visit to Kyoto’s “breakup shrine” goes terrifyingly well as woman gets her wish in shocking way

Eventually she got what she wanted, but she lost some blood along the way.

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We take a trip to the adorable Doraemon station and soak up the adorable kitty robot anime decor

Noborito Station on the Odakyu Line got a Fujiko F. Fujio facelift! We take a trip through the Anywhere Door to check it out.

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Eating a bag of Rhino Beetles from Kumamoto’s bug-food vending machine【Taste test】

Our intrepid reporter completely loses his cool biting into the sizable bugs.

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We drank crab-juice infused Crab Cola from Niigata Prefecture, because why not

We glugged a bottle of Crab Cola, infused with genuine crab essence, produced by a fishpacking company in Niigata prefecture.

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