culture

Japanese bento serves up a slice of the samurai life in a special carry case

Lunch like a warrior in Tokyo for a limited time.

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Turn your water bottle into a Japanese toilet!

Complete with a two-metre jet spray to get the party started.

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Long wallet or bifold? What your wallet says about you in Japan

For some people, the way a man carries his money can be a dealbreaker. 

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Do men in Japan stand or sit to urinate?

Survey reveals some surprising discoveries about men’s toilet habits.

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Say hello to Japan’s new generation of adults, fresh from Kitakyushu’s seijinshiki ceremony

Kimonos and gangsta flair to celebrate freedom and individuality before conforming to Japanese society. 

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Number of pachinko parlors in Japan decreasing rapidly, down 12 percent in two years

Where have all the parlors gone?

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Online pilgrimages along Japan’s famous Shikoku Henro route begin later this year

A journey of 1,000 kilometers begins with a single log-in.

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Real Buddhist monk shows off hot (and sweet) EDM dance moves in Mount Koya video

To make matters stranger, the video is part of a promotional tie-in with a popular candy company designed to cheer on a certain group of students.

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More people travelling in Japan for the New Year’s holiday than last year, survey says

Less people want to spend the New Year’s holiday at home, according to the survey.

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Prefectural rivalry in Japan: Survey reveals which areas compete against each other, and why

Competition between prefectures is real, and there’s a reason why it happens.

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Let’s learn how to sing “Jingle Bells” in Japanese with the help of Santa Pikachu!【Video】

Come for the Japanese language lesson, stay for the Japanese mythology lesson!

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How do you say ‘Google it, you trash’ in British English? Answer surprises many in Japan

People in Kyoto and England have more in common than previously thought. 

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Senkoji: The Japanese temple that’s more like a theme park to heaven and hell

The chief priest at this temple says there’s more to this experience than just entertainment.

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Miss Universe 2021 Japan entry slammed for wearing “dead person’s kimono”

“Cool Japan” take on national costume criticised as an “insult” to Japanese culture. 

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Japan’s Kanji of the Year announced for 2021, and it’s a familiar choice

This isn’t the first time for this character to be chosen as the representative for the year, and it probably won’t be the last either.

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Tokyo museum apologizes for calling Demon Slayer’s brothel district setting a “glamorous world”

As hit anime’s “Entertainment District Arc” kicks off, Edo-Tokyo Museum reaffirms commitment to telling the complete real-world story.

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Is Ariana Grande “Asian Fishing”? Japanese netizens weigh in on the drama

What do people in Japan think of the star’s controversial new look? 

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Cats bowing in apology is Japan’s latest weird gacha capsule toy collection

Felines walk us through the finer details of saying sorry in Japan.

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Surveys suggest over 80% of Japanese people likely to continue with masks after COVID-19 subsides

It really isn’t all about health either.

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Boys’ love at the temple? Sensual ikemen art that raised eyebrows in Japan now set to be removed

Modern makeover at centuries-old temple comes to an end, but not for rumoured reasons.

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