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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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Kyoto breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat sushi: One of the best possible ways to start a day

Rise and shine for this spread of delicious regional specialties and locally grown vegetables that’s offered to hotel guests and non-guests alike.

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The cheapest place to stay in Kyoto cost us just 1,800 yen for the night, and it was awesome

Just because Kyoto is always a popular place to visit doesn’t mean it always has to be expensive.

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SoraNews24’s ultra-cheesy Spider-Man fan film has over 100 million views, and we have no idea why

It took years for the Internet to notice our video, but now it’s a global hit, especially in one unexpected country.

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Tokyo restaurant serves tapioca bubble tea ramen – Is it crazy good, or just crazy?【Taste test】

Japan’s boba obsession heads into the world of ramen, but is it worth eating? We find out.

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Nintendo answers questions on VR, 5G and staying behind the trends: “Our priority is entertainment”

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa and company legend Shigeru Miyamoto addressed some hot topics regarding their future in virtual reality, and blamed extensive research for delays.
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This is Japan’s oldest tempura restaurant, and it’s awesome

Its founder started out with a street-side food stall in Japan’s samurai era, and his restaurant is still serving customers in Tokyo today.

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Pikachu ramen topping instantly makes your instant noodles twice as much fun to eat【Photos】

Sure, maybe you’re too busy to cook, but there’s always time for the most famous Pokémon, right?

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Century-old station in Kyushu faithfully restored to original condition, Starbucks added

Starbucks aside, you can really get a feel for the Taisho era in this newly reopened landmark.

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Kirby turns into Japanese monaka sweets, looks as adorable as ever!

Kirby wows us again, not just by being cute but by becoming a tasty, sweet red bean paste-filled traditional Japanese dessert.

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Japanese people least likely to talk to strangers or offer help on airplanes, survey finds

Selfish and unfriendly, or quietly respectful?

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Crushed turtle on tracks delays train in Japan, problem “not uncommon”

The turtle wasn’t hit by a train, but was still too slow to get out of the way of another source of danger.

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This ramen restaurant has no name, is one of the best hidden finds in Japan

You know a noodle joint is good when it doesn’t even need a name to get business.

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This beautiful Starbucks just outside Tokyo has an aural connection to Japan’s samurai past【Pics】

Your eyes will love the traditional Japanese garden, but keep your ears open for a sound that’s been marking life in this town for centuries.

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This mouthwatering sushi is all from one of Japan’s greatest convenience stores【Photos】

Japan sets the bar for convenience store excellence pretty high, but this one clears it with ease.

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