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Japanese drink vending machine capsule toys: A must-have for recreating Japan in miniature

Scale-size recreations of Japan’s ever-present drink machines dispense their own tiny model cans.

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Looking for a hotel in Japan? Skip the ryokan and stay in this castle instead!

Seaside stronghold in Nagasaki is looking for guests, and might let you stay for free.

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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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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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Pokémon Lapras appears on streets, in lakes of Miyagi as part of new tourism ambassador role

Gentle giant Pokémon is helping prefecture damaged in Tohoku earthquake and tsunami recover.

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Japanese mom keeps cool, lays down hot, hilarious drum beat to scare off cockroach invader【Video】

Mom has no fear, plenty of rhythm.

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Japanese high school students dancing to Aladdin song is greatest thing since blue genies【Video】

Stylish dynamic performance by members of the marching band and dancing club is truly worthy of a Disney production.

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Japan’s Shiba Inu 3-D art glasses get an adorable, necessary upgrade in new version【Photos】

Playful pooches now have their signature fashion accessory.

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Beautiful, spongy soft modern Japanese sandals give you geta style without the traditional pain

A clever update to Japan’s traditional footwear that you can pare with kimono or Western clothing.

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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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How did a centuries-old samurai musket end up in the bottom of this fishing lake in Japan?

In a country as old as Japan, you never know what you’ll find hidden in the depths!

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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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Uniqlo reveals first-ever T-shirt collaboration with Your Name anime director Makoto Shinkai

Shirts will be in stores just before the opening of Shinkai’s newest anime movie, Weathering with You.

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Modern samurai fashion brand Wazigen Shizukuya’s summer collection makes old-meets-new splash

The latest summer collection of our favorite modern samurai kimono offers a range of functionally fashionable garments.

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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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Japan now has sleepable rental cars to help travelers save money by skipping a hotel

Clever interior modifications turn parked car into private bedroom.

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This “mountain bandit” restaurant is one of the coolest places in Japan【Photos】

You won’t get robbed or taken hostage, but you might not ever want to leave.

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New couple builds a promising life together with 3D-printed plastic model wedding favors

What better way to ensure your guests remember your big day than by giving them a tiny plastic model set of you and your spouse?

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Japan’s third-largest city turns into a ghost town as G20 summit rolls into town【Photos, videos】

Osaka expressway emptied as world leaders gather in the city of millions.

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