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Engraved sword nameplates can now adorn Japanese houses, bring Arthurian style to the suburbs

If a simple metal nameplate isn’t eye-catching enough for your house, try one of these gigantic engraved swords for size.

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What?!? You can play the Super Mario theme by writing three numbers on a piece of paper?【Vid】

You don’t need musical instruments to play the famous Nintendo theme’s opening, just writing instruments.

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Beautiful onsen complex opens in downtown Osaka, lets you live onsen dream in heart of the city

Gigantic facility is a genuine onsen drawing water from a spring deep below the building.

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Special penis shrine books will even be available for the first time this year.

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Shiba-sip your beverages with adorable glasses from Japan that turn your drink into a Shiba Inu

Or celebrate another iconic symbol of Japan with a 3-D cherry blossom art glass.

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Midwinter “cherry blossoms” are making one of Japan’s best castles even more stunning【Photos】

Tokyo is still waiting for its sakura to start blooming, but Hirosaki Castle, in the frozen north, is already beautifully pink.

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Pokémon Shirts opens physical store in Tokyo with all 151 Kanto species designs on display

Mail-order fashion company opens Harajuku showroom so fans can see the shirts before they buy, and also offers in-store exclusive patterns.

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122-year-old video of downtown Tokyo shows how much Japan’s capital has changed【Video】

Many of the people in the video spent their early lives living in a Japan that was ruled by a shogun.

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Japan now has a traffic safety video for cats to watch to help keep them safe on the streets

Animal psychologists from Kyoto University create public service video that’s not about cats, but for the animals themselves to watch and learn from.

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Kansai Airport’s open-to-anyone lounge is a great way to relax and refresh on your Japan journey

No loyalty program or first-class ticket required for this traveler’s oasis with free drinks, loaner Nintendo Switch systems, and shower booths.

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Microwavable potato chips go on sale in Japan, because why should we eat cold potatoes? 【Video】

Almost all food tastes and smells better when it’s warm, doesn’t it?

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Robot matchmaking party in Japan has couples sit silently, techno cupids make small talk for them

Surreal videos show event that led to the creation of four new couples, and might be a surprisingly good fit for Japanese society.

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This Osaka shrine is a hidden gem that includes a giant, roaring lion’s head

When you visit Osaka, make sure to stop by this shrine for an amazing photo opportunity!

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Is this real life? Canadian musician becomes apprentice to Japan’s world-famous shamisen masters

Musician Norm Nakamura’s movie-like story is a real-life example of how far you can go if you really chase your dreams

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Otaku parenting: Loving mom shocks daughter out of bed cosplay-style

But given Mom’s past cosplay skills, maybe she should have seen this coming.

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Osaka’s Okonomiyaki Burrito is both classic Taco Bell and completely different【Taste test】

A prodigal Taco Bell customer returns to the franchise and is surprised with what he finds.

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Ridiculously awesome cherry blossom bar with sakura pool opening in Tokyo【Photos】

It’s called the Sakura Chill Bar, but it’s got us seriously excited.

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Batman as a samurai ningyo figure is trans-Pacific time-tripping awesomeness

The world’s greatest detective swaps his cowl for a kabuto in tie-up with 208-year-old Tokyo crafting company.

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Video shows off hundreds of beautiful AI-created anime girls in less than a minute【Video】

Powerhouse GAN demonstration even has tech giant Elon Musk applauding its awesomeness.

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These “cat foot” socks from Japan are so realistic they look terrifying on human feet

Freak out your friends and family with these hyper-realistic socks made to look like cat feet.

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