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What did Japanese curry taste like 150 years ago? This instant curry pack lets you find out

It’s like a time travel adventure for your mouth.

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Country kimono! Project completes set of over 200 designs for every nation at Tokyo Olympics【Pics】

After four years, the Kimono Project is complete.

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State of the sento — Tokyo’s public baths are disappearing, but statistics show a sliver of hope

It was a rough year for Japan’s non-onsen bathhouses, but a comeback might be on the way.

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Nihon? Nippon? What’s the correct name for “Japan” at the Tokyo Olympics (and in general)?

Japan, the country so nice they named it twice?

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Google made a free-to-play ninja cat RPG to celebrate the Tokyo Olympics, and it’s awesome!

The Google Doodle for the Tokyo Olympics’ start offers retro fun, insight into Japanese culture, and a skateboarding tanuki.

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Time for Japan to start tipping taxi drivers? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo

In no-tipping Japan, most people just pay whatever the meter says, but this company is now letting passengers pay more.

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140-year-old sukiyaki restaurant in Tokyo closing due to coronavirus pandemic

Asakusa’s Chinya has been serving visitors to the historical district for more than a century.

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Traditional Japanese ceramics given new life in AR, delivered straight to your web browser for free

Add a touch of class to your home or video game.

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Japanese restaurant in former yukaku red light district struggles to preserve its history

Historic building used to be a brothel, now its ornate interiors are in danger of fading away.

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What are Japanese teens wishing for at this year’s Tanabata Star Festival?

The list includes some traditional favorites, but the number-one wish is for something very timely.

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Ninja dojo opens in Tokyo’s Asakusa, offers courses in shuriken, stealth, and sensory perception

Japan Ninja Council wants to give visitors their first steps down the path of the shinobi.

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Exhibition on the 1,500 year-history of traditional Japanese women’s clothing to open in Shibuya

Stunning and bold, this exhibition is a rare treat for kimono lovers.

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Yamagata kids on way to school accidentally say “good morning” to wild bear

Bear was reportedly very rude.

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Japanese art has never looked quite as beautiful as when it’s made out of Japanese beef【Photos】

Ukiyo-e meets wagyu in this culturally culinary crossover.

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Buto Manju: The holiest doughnut in Japan

A centuries-old sweet so sacred it’s still used as an offering at one of the country’s holiest shrines.

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The Japanese train station famous for mysterious dancing cats

Magical legend lives on at Odoriba Station.

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Japanese cook shaves head in apology after gross customer complaint, then things get weird

Turns out takoyaki vendor deserves an apology too.

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High school students rapidly losing interest in sumo teams because too “painful,” “scary,” and “naked”

Those three words sound like a good time to me, but I guess I’m the weird one…

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Sheena Ringo’s latest music video leaves us spellbound by its traditional Japanese aesthetics

Tokyo Jihen pays homage to multiple facets of traditional Japanese culture in this breathtaking new music video.

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It’s like the samurai era never ended at this beautiful Japanese mountain town

Nagano village was once a major stop on the Kyoto-Edo route, and the neighborhood looks much the same centuries later.

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