Japanese security polearm maker’s takedown videos are crazy, products look crazy effective【Vids】

Employees demonstrate the Cerberus, Orochi, and other incapacitating items on their boss.

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Hokkaido potato growing town sets Guinness World Record for world’s biggest croquette【Video】

This little town easily eclipsed the previous world record by about 54 kilograms (119 pounds)!

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Samurai backpacks from Kyoto combine lamellar tradition, awesome style, and modern functionality

Craftsmen in Japan’s ancient capital put time-honored techniques to use for contemporary bags, wallets, and more.

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Gun-dam, these are some crazy-looking anime robot-style cooking knives from Japan【Photos】

Ever wanted to prepare dinner with a replica of Gundam’s heat hawk mecha weaponry? Now you can.

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Japanese dad wows internet with amazing watermelon art

No celebration is complete without a decorative watermelon.

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Imoni-kai: A hidden, delicious cultural gem of northern Japan

Hop on a train to off-the-beaten-path Yamagata Prefecture any weekend from September through November, and you’re bound to see crowds of people congregating and cooking pots of something delicious by the local river. Yup, imoni-kai season is in full swing!

Imoni (芋煮) is the name given to a taro root stew native to the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Apart from its delicious taste, imoni is also famous for the social aspects of its creation. Families traditionally congregate on a riverbank (the practice of which is known as imoni-kai, literally, “imoni gathering”) and cook the stew from scratch over a fire pit. In that sense, you can think of it a bit like an autumn version of o-hanami, the popular Japanese tradition of viewing cherry blossoms in the spring.

Join us after the jump for a glimpse at a unique cultural tradition of northern Japan which many Japanese people in other parts of the country have never even heard of!

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