culture

Send a mini Japanese army in the mail using these unique message cards

Because who doesn’t look forward to receiving a battalion of samurai in the mail?!

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Japan’s public broadcaster renames “correct way” to hold chopsticks, gets nods of approval

Those who struggle with the orthodox grip are happy for a bit of validation.

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Three main reasons why fewer and fewer Japanese people are having funerals

Costs and other societal changes have made ceremonies smaller, and certain practices are approaching obsoleteness.

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Is it feminine to use a parasol in Japan?

New awareness posters from the Japan Meteorological Association cause a storm online.

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Yamagata prefecture to open “kimono retreat hotel” in 2021 based in historic renovated property

Area will offer great opportunities to learn about the local culture, as well as the wonderful world of kimono craftsmanship.

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Event held to watch noodles go down a long water slide, but no noodle eating allowed

Ain’t no noodle party like a Shimane noodle party.

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Organizers angered as ceremonial giant kanji “fire” in Kyoto lit early and unofficially

Whoever did this made a “big” mistake.

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Japan’s craziest train station has a giant with light-up eyes growing out of its wall【Photos】

It looks like a science fiction monster of the week, but it’s actually a salute the millennia-old past.

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Wait, the Japanese word daijoubu can mean both “yes” and “no?” Why? HOW?!?

Stimulate your mind and your appetite with a four-course meal of Japanese linguistics, culture, and spicy curry.

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Stay at an old samurai residence in the heart of a “Little Kyoto” warrior town

Swords, armour and ceremonial items are just some of the samurai secrets awaiting you inside this secluded compound.

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Busty anime pirate Nami is now flat as can be in new One Piece kokeshi figure line【Photos】

Joins Luffy and friends as traditional kokeshi doll Straw Hat crew doubles in size.

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Busty Japanese brushstroke calligraphy artist shares visual appeal in video series【Videos】

Shuji demonstrations teach viewers how to write names of hit anime series, popular kanji.

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Testing Japan’s gacha capsule toy calligraphy brushes – tranquility for just 200 yen【Photos】

Paired with a mini goshuincho, this is a small-size, small-price way to experience the inner calm of traditional Japanese arts.

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Tradition meets summer blooms as shrines arrange beautiful floating flower displays【Pics, Video】

Shrines are cooling off from the summer heat by taking the art of flower arrangement to a whole new level.
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Newest Hello Kitty collab features Kitty-chan cosplaying as supernatural protector against plague

In the name of anti-bacterial cloth and kawaii, begone disease!

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Japan’s new ukiyo-e woodblock print passports are beautiful, now in travelers’ hands【Photos】

Passport holders in Japan now have a miniature gallery of the works of Hokusai, the country’s most famous traveling painter.

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Secret fireworks festivals take place across Japan to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis【Pics】

An iconic part of summer in Japan gets a throwback to its 18th century samurai-era roots.

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Osaka asked not to directly rub goblin god’s feet as things slowly return to normal in the city

We’re not quite at the Billiken-foot-rubbing stage of normalcy yet.

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Mini samurai sword scissors are here to help you slice paper and plastic foes to pieces【Photos】

This is how Oda Nobunada and the Shinsengumi would remove the tags from their T-shirts.

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Gotta stamp them all! Collect your shrine stamps with this gorgeous new range of stationery

Preserve your shrine memories in style with these stamp books!

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