COVID-19

Japanese restaurant from the Edo Period forced to close due to coronavirus pandemic

Serving diners since the days of the samurai and once loved by famous writers like Natsume Soseki, this long-standing business will soon be no more.

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AKB48’s Indonesian spin-off group JKT48 forced to downsize due to pandemic

JKT48 + COVID-19 = -26

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Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19

You had your chance, Amabie. It’s the gorilla’s turn now.

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Eight things people realized were pointless about Japanese work culture during 2020

The coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s lifestyle, but it’s disrupted some of the bad parts too.

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Super-flashy kimono shop Miyabi tells us about the Coming of Age Day situation this year

Will COVID-19 dampen Japan’s most flamboyant celebration?

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Coming of Age Ceremonies in Tokyo changing form due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

As with everything in the age of coronavirus, things are a little different this year.

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Sumo wrestler quits over COVID-19 fears, breaks no-social-media rule doing so

They can’t fire him. He quit.

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Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

The only thing thicker than the crowds is the irony.

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COVID-19 appears to be suppressing the flu in Japan, number of cases down and decreasing

COVID-19 might have even canceled flu season.

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Should the 2020 (now 2021) Tokyo Olympics be cancelled? Japanese citizens are divided

What should be done about the Tokyo Olympics?

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All aboard the “Merry Christmask” train in Mie Prefecture

Look up “bittersweet” in the dictionary and you might just see the Merry Christmask train.

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Mask vending machines pop up at train stations around Taiwan to help commuters avoid fines

Because you’ll be slapped with a hefty fine for not wearing a mask on the subway.

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Japanese water purification ritual at shrines under threat due to the pandemic

Shrine enthusiasts come up with a clever solution to help preserve an important tradition.

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Face-mask-themed park “Tokyo Mask Land” opens in Japan

Where you can buy a gold face mask for one million yen. 

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Why Ghibli’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is the perfect film for 2020

Nausicaä is a leader we can all look to for our current real-world crisis.

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Nara University study finds some common teas can neutralize COVID-19

Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another buying frenzy.

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Jason adapts to the new normal for Friday the 13th

The coronavirus pandemic has Jason adding some extra precautions to his night of killing this year. 

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Japan’s child-eating ogres prepare COVID-19 preventative measures for upcoming New Year’s Eve

Unfortunately, kids in northern Japan don’t get a pass this year from the UNESCO-recognized, fearsome namahage.

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Huge crowds gather for Halloween in Japan despite calls to stay home【Photos】

Scenes from the weekend show not everyone was interested in staying away from hotspots like Shibuya and Osaka during Halloween.

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Kobe hospital gets anonymous 5 million yen cash donation, gives it back, gets it again, keeps it

Random acts of kindness can sometimes be tricky to pull off.

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