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In Kyoto, “Hey, you’ve got a really nice watch” is NOT a compliment, Japanese businessman says

That Kyoto resident might want you to notice something other than the fine craftsmanship.

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Japanese man changed name of his iPhone to “Please send cat pictures” and it worked

Ask and ye shall receive data.

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Kyoto-roasted coffee has a connection to one of the city oldest, most beautiful summer ceremonies

Gozan no Okuribi fire festival inspires new line of gourmet coffee.

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Cool housewarming bonus: free Japanese katanas, potentially carved by a master craftsman

This handyman got an incredible bonus in the new house he purchased – three katanas! They may be worth much more than you would expect…

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Silent Bon odori dance?! Japan’s traditional summer festival gets a modern twist

The lively dance becomes a silent dance to appeal to younger audiences.

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Can the “Beijing Bikini” help Tokyo bear the boiling heat during next year’s Games?

Some Chinese authorities want to put a stop to it, but might Japanese authorities be wise to encourage letting our guts fly free?

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Real dry bonsai trees coming to Japanese capsule toy vending machines【Photos】

Japan’s love of tiny trees and tiny toys combines in a beautiful way that still has space for you to show off your artistic side.

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Japanese woman stumbles on the power of the infamous “gaijin seat” phenomenon during flight

The same anomaly that makes foreigners feel icky is harnessed by Japanese people to get breathing room on public transport.

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This hotel has one of the coolest katana collections in Japan, and admission is totally free【Pics】

Centuries of samurai history are on display, and we’ll teach you what to look for in appreciating the beauty of a Japanese sword.

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This is Japan’s oldest tempura restaurant, and it’s awesome

Its founder started out with a street-side food stall in Japan’s samurai era, and his restaurant is still serving customers in Tokyo today.

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Century-old station in Kyushu faithfully restored to original condition, Starbucks added

Starbucks aside, you can really get a feel for the Taisho era in this newly reopened landmark.

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Japanese people least likely to talk to strangers or offer help on airplanes, survey finds

Selfish and unfriendly, or quietly respectful?

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This beautiful Starbucks just outside Tokyo has an aural connection to Japan’s samurai past【Pics】

Your eyes will love the traditional Japanese garden, but keep your ears open for a sound that’s been marking life in this town for centuries.

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Kim Kardashian drops plans to call new fashion brand Kimono Solutionwear

Angry response causes lifestyle entrepreneur to backtrack from first-choice of name for new innerwear line.

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Mayor of Kyoto drops mic on Kim Kardashian, sends letter explaining what “kimono” really is

You know you’ve messed up when you get a letter from the mayor.

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Kim Kardashian trademarks the word kimono, gets slammed by people in Japan

The hashtag #KimOhNo goes viral as the star comes under criticism for cultural appropriation.

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Japanese store apologises for ad saying “women who want biracial children” should wear kimono

Because wearing a kimono will attract a foreign man.

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What it’s really like to join a Japanese festival and carry a mikoshi around Tokyo for a day

We join the festivities at Suga Shrine, made famous as one of the real-life locations from the hit anime film Your Name

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Hello Kitty rickshaw tours are coming to show you Tokyo in Sanrio style!

Japan’s cute character queen teams up with the coolest way to see downtown Tokyo’s most traditional neighborhood.

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What it’s like to rent a kimono and stroll around Sensoji temple in Asakusa for an afternoon

There are benefits to wearing a kimono while sightseeing in Tokyo, even if you’re travelling alone.

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