culture

Even Japanese people are frightened by the concealed anger in Kyoto compliment foreigner received

African-born president of Kyoto Seika University was told his parties sounded fun, but there was a hidden meaning.

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Japan Sumo Association bans girls from prohibiting in practice event as controversy continues

Stance that the sanctity of the sumo ring is tarnished by female presence extends all the way down to elementary school-age kids.

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Controversy as announcer asks “ladies” to leave sumo ring after elderly man collapses inside it

Video of the incident has critics saying sumo’s belief about women’s inherent impurities goes too far.

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Beautiful Go master from Taiwan wins Internet’s heart competing in top-tier tournaments【Pics】

That’s not a spokemodel holding the prize check.

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Here’s the oldest recipe for Japanese curry in existence, and how it tastes【SoraKitchen】

SoraNews24 goes back to the kitchen to go back in time as we taste-test the first written record of how to make curry in Japan.

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New survey shows Japan to be deeply divided among blue and red prefectures

A difference in a fundamental way of thinking threatens to tear Japan apart at the seams.

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How old is too old for a boy to go into the women’s hot spring bath in Japan?

Child development expert weighs in on the tricky question, offers a solution from Japan’s samurai-era past.

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Narita Airport starts free cultural event series with kimono-wearing, manga creator experiences

The Tokyo-area’s much-maligned international air hub is giving us a new reason to actually enjoy going there.

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Should saying thanks at a Japanese convenience store go without saying?

Manners maketh the man. Unless he’s at a convenience store, according to some Japanese social media users as debate over manners erupts.

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Kabuki stagehand taxi service starts, offers silent cab drivers that’ll give you a story to tell

With their drivers’ faces hidden, these taxis are a peek into Japanese theater culture.

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Survey suggests Tokyo women expect men to spend big on Valentine’s Day return gifts

Participants say that even if a guy were to spend three times as much on a thank-you present, it still wouldn’t be enough.

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We take a trip to China to explore one of its four ancient cities: Langzhong!

Experience the venerable beauty of a city that is more than 2,300 years old.

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Manga creators association says pirate sites could bring about a collapse of Japanese culture

Organization stresses the importance of keeping artists and publishers in the emotional loop between creators and fans.

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Travelers’ misguided attempt to earn good luck is damaging Japan’s most famous torii shrine gate

While in Japan, you absolutely should visit Hiroshima’s Miyajima island, but while there, you definitely shouldn’t do this.

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Japan’s latest luxury train is a stylish cafe on rails with hundred-year-old craftsmanship

Locally-sourced ingredients served in dining area decorated with woven bamboo, stonework made with samurai-era techniques.
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Hatsune Miku becomes classic hina doll to show girls they don’t have to get married to be happy

The vocaloid virtual idol takes on a traditional form while saying it’s OK not to take a traditional path through life.

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Sushiro celebrates a traditional Japanese holiday with this…sushi thing

As odd as it looks, it actually makes a lot of sense for Setsubun.

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Teacher says Japanese schools’ mandatory extracurricular activity rules don’t benefit students

Exasperated educator takes workplace survey and is depressed by rationale for forcing students to join after-school programs.

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Japanese politicians want to stop export of anime art materials by creating national media center

Looking to add to your anime cel collection? You might want to act fast.

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Roughly one in eight of Tokyo’s new adults is foreign-born, study shows

“The truth is that without foreigners, Japanese society cannot function,” says researcher.

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