culture

Is there any point to holding your chopsticks the “correct” way? Let’s find out【Experiment】

After years of using her own style, our Japanese-born reporter finally does what her parents were trying to get her to do all along.

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The strange seasonal surprise hanging from the ceiling of this station in rural Japan【Photos】

Nakanojo welcomes you to Gunma with a beautiful local tradition you won’t find at any other station in Japan.

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Demon Slayer inspires us to build an old-timey Japanese puzzle box of our own

If you need a project with an anime Taisho-period twist, try crafting your own puzzle box!

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Erotic Japanese woodblock print underwear makes a statement when you take off your pants【Pics】

Hokusai and other ukiyo-e masters of the Edo period are here to help your crotch look its best.

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Japanese police hide at shrine in camo gear to catch a thief…who stole six bucks 【Video】

Elaborate sting operation lasts over four hours, ends with an officer tripping over and another one appearing from the bushes in a full-on Ghillie suit.

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Colorful, temporary street piano boosts spirits of commuters, pianists, with live otaku music

There’s nothing like live piano music to sooth the soul!

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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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Handsome Japanese rickshaw drivers get hot and steamy in their new music video

All to promote Japanese culture, of course.

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KonMari’s YouTube reveals interesting fact about Japanese vs. non-Japanese online preferences

What “sparks joy” with overseas audiences may not do the same for Japanese audiences.

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Former Empress of Japan imparts wise, moving words on talent and its loss

It’s not necessarily about what you’re born with as it is how much time you have with your distinctive talents and passions.

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Hot spring hit by manga thief continues to be awesome with wonderful thank-you gifts to donors

A touching, and delicious, gesture to show appreciation to everyone who sent in manga donations.

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Tokyo temple holds funeral for personal seals in effort to reform outdated business practice【Vid】

Monk chants sutras in farewell to a business tool that doesn’t mesh with telecommuting.

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Japanese manners debate: Is it OK to tell your coworkers “I’ve found a new job?”

Pros, cons, compromises, and proverbs to consider when it’s time to say so long.

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Cat in Japan finds the perfect shrine to take shelter from the rain at

Cats have a habit of hanging out wherever they want to, but at this shrine felines are honored guests.

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How should you respond when a Japanese person gives you a compliment?

You may have heard there’s only one proper phrase to use, but that’s not true.

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Japanese supermarket’s funeral ad sparks controversy, debate over “blasphemy”

Is Aeon’s award-winning design an economical comfort or a blasphemy against your ancestors?

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Mysterious Spirit Boat Procession in Nagasaki and the sandbox tram that follows it【Video】

A night when mystery hangs thick in the air. 

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Street footage from Hollywood movie “Tokyo Joe” shows post-war Shibuya colourised by AI 【Video】

Originally used as the background for Humphrey Bogart’s close-up, these Japanese folks are now having their time in the spotlight.

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Big win for tattoo artists: Japan’s Supreme Court rules medical licenses aren’t necessary

After three years of deliberation, the highest court in Japan has decided.

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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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