culture

How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open

Not far from Akihabara you’ll find Amanoya, but it wouldn’t be there if not for an assassination.

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Protect yourself from social media evils with Japanese omamori amulet capsule toys【Pics】

Or amplify the good things about it, if you’re an optimist.

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KFC’s Colonel Sanders is becoming a samurai in Japan this week

A Kentucky twist on a Japanese tradition.

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Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries

We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke.

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TeamLab’s new interactive tea art installation dazzles Japan with reactive, rhythmic lights【Vid】

TeamLab’s Tea Time in the Soy Sauce Storehouse brings a whole new meaning to the term “tea light”.

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Cultural Affairs Commissioner thinks some Japanese music sucks, angers many

Newly appointed commissioner bringing a little X Factor to cultural promotion.

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Japanese parents can turn their baby into Pikachu, rent Pokémon kimono at photo studio【Photos】

New outfits combine the art of Pokémon with the traditions of the Shichi-Go-San festival.

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New crowdfunding project from Japan mixes COVID-19 comedy with a touch of Kyoto craftsmanship

Get ready to meet some art that’s simultaneously brand new and ages-old.

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Real-life Demon Slayer? A visit to the legendary split boulder of Haban Shrine【Photos】

This shrine’s anime-level boulder has an anime-level backstory.

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Why do kids in Japan use those large leathery “randoseru” school bags?

A trend a century and a half in the making.

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Amazing photos of off-the-beaten-path Japanese castles to add to your travel wish list【Photos】

Looking at these overlooked castles might have you altering your itinerary.

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Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators

They’ve become the first prefecture in Japan to do so.

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Valentino sparks outrage with insincere apology for disrespecting Japanese culture in photo shoot

Model daughter of former SMAP member gets caught up in controversy involving shoes and kimono. 

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Five Japanese sign language phrases with interesting reasoning behind them

From the downright obvious to the surprising yet amusing, Japanese Sign Language has it all.

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Japanese woman surprised to learn foreigners don’t openly tell women they have big breasts

Encounter with foreigners leads woman to realise she’s from “a sexually underdeveloped country”.

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Stylish new Experience Japan Pictograms are here to enhance your Japan travels and knowledge

Over 250 pictograms to support tourism in Japan from a visual design perspective are free to download to learn more about Japanese culture.

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Kimono genius turns obi sash into the head of Evangelion Unit-01【Photos】

Also recreates anime’s Angel aliens and Spear of Longinus.

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Cursed sites of Tokyo: A love shrine with 7 mysteries and a vengeful samurai ghost

Dark details you won’t find in travel guides to Japan. 

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There’s a samurai-era village for you to walk through at this awesome overlooked museum in Japan

The town is called Fukuyama now, but once upon a time it was Kusado Sengencho.

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What’s the difference between Hong Kong pineapple bun and Japanese melon bread?

P.K. Sanjun gets schooled on all that is good and carbs. 

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