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Our reporter dishes on the differences between sushi from Ginza Kyubey and Sushiro【Taste test】

Yuuichiro explores the similarities and dissimilarities of sushi from an upscale restaurant in Tokyo and an inexpensive conveyor belt sushi chain. 

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Cheap vs. expensive — Is a premium-priced tempura bento really worth it?【Taste test】

A bento from a fast food joint versus one from a luxury hotel.

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Japanese lingerie saleswoman gives Internet a lesson in what bust sizes look like in real life

“There is a tendency to misunderstand breast sizes.”

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We eat at three Japanese family restaurants to find the one with the best-value breakfast

At which Family Restaurant do you get the best meal for your money at breakfast time? We find out!

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Japanese convenience store showdown – Who’s got the best ikura rice balls?【Taste test】

The big three all have their own salmon roe onigiri, but which one is right for you?

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Godiva vs. Haagen-Dazs: Who’s got the best limited-edition flavors of spring?

Three different flavors and textures–but one clearly comes out on top

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What’s the difference between Hong Kong pineapple bun and Japanese melon bread?

P.K. Sanjun gets schooled on all that is good and carbs. 

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What’s the best spoon for Japanese curry?【Photos】

Testing Japan’s curry spoons to see if they live up to the hype.

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25 different Japanese convenience store sandwiches – What’s inside them?【Photos】

Following Japan’s “paper tiger sandwich” incident, we went out and bought every sandwich we could find to investigate.

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Melon bread showdown! Which Japanese convenience store melon pan is the one for you?【Taste test】

Comparing the big three Japanese convenience stores’ versions of the country’s number-one sweet bread.

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Taste-testing Japan’s three biggest convenience stores store-brand cup ramen【Taste test】

7-Eleven, Lawson, and Family Mart all have their own exclusive instant noodles, and we were surprised by who makes some of them.

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We test out Uniqlo’s “new and improved” Airism mask for form, fashion, and function

Can Uniqlo’s new version of the light-weight summer mask beat its disappointing forebear?

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Which convenience store has the best kakuni Japanese braised pork? We find out【Taste test】

This taste test was nothing short of a porky paradise.

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Starbucks vs. two popular Japanese coffee shops: Where can you get the most bang for your buck?

Based on selection and cost performance, we rank Japan’s top three coffee shops.

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Faced with a dilemma of choosing between Korean or Japanese makeup, Meg decides to do both【Pics】

Which do you think suits her better?

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Decisions, decisions. Artist presents choice between anime girls with different braids, ponytails

With some artistic decisions, the longer you think about them, the harder they become.

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Japanese Twitter shows off list of seven hilarious differences between being 18 versus being 81

Are you closer to the 18-year-old or 81-year-old side of the spectrum?

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Japanese comic shows four reasons people from different countries spend money on smartphone games

Are you Japanese, American, Korean or Chinese when it comes to smartphone game transactions?

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How does Hyrule Warriors Legends on the New Nintendo 3DS stack up against other versions?【Video】

If you’re planning to buy Hyrule Warriors Legends, watch this video to see if you prefer the Wii U, the “old” 3DS, or the New 3DS version.

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Twitter trend of the week – posting cosplay pictures side by side with originals

In the past few days, Japanese cosplayers have flooded Twitter with their own cosplay photos situated next to original pictures of the character(s) they’re portraying. This approach is convenient because viewers can see at a glance both the source material and how well the rendition turned out.

So far, we’ve seen anime characters, Disney characters, video game characters, celebrities, robots, mythical river demons, and more! Keep reading to pick out your favorites.

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