culture

Studio Ghibli releases My Neighbour Totoro range showcasing traditional Japanese craftsmanship

Blending anime with centuries-old design.

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Neputa Matsuri gacha capsule toys let you enjoy the famous festival in miniature form

Like holding a Japanese festival in your hand.

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Increasing number of Japanese people unable to squat like a yankee

Japanese people sitting more like Yankees than yankees these days.

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Daiso to change Japanese closing-time music because foreign tourists aren’t taking the hint

This looks like a job for Semisonic!

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Japan is ranked the worst country in the world for helping strangers

Japanese kindness leaves a lot to be desired in World Giving Index, but there may be a reason for it.

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Himakajima: The Japanese island with one traffic light that only turns green once a year

In this town, green means its time to renew your Netflix subscription.

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Uniqlo brings cultural cuteness to Edo animals T-shirt line with Japanese history’s greatest artists

Hokusai and four other ukiyo-e masters featured.

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Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy

Gotokuji claims the figurines are “sacred.”

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Dragon reformation and the largest clay Budda in Japan: A visit to Okadera Temple【Photos】

Okadera Temple is also known as the “Dragon Lid Temple.”

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Ancient temple with National Treasures is a hidden gem on the Nara Yamato Four-Temple Pilgrimage

Murouji has a fascinating history, with stunning sights that’ll linger in your heart long after you visit. 

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Japanese city encouraging visitors and locals to cosplay as ninja for annual Ninja Festa

Home of the Iga ninja clan staging annual celebration of its shinobi heritage.

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Two things to do, and two things not to do, when leaving a traditional Japanese inn

Ryokan workers share the little things they appreciate travelers doing before check-out, and the things they’d rather you skip.

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Kyoto’s 100 Demons yokai monster parade returns!

Spirits from traditional folklore will once again take over Taishogun Shotengai for the night.

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“Half-naked men only in loincloths” drum battle returns to Hida festival for first time in five years

Festival of motion and stillness reinstates hours-long drum procession/shoving match.

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American comedian Jimy Kimmel was blown away by Japan’s bathrooms【Video】

“It’s like the whole country is Disneyland, and we’re living at Six Flags.”

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Century-old Hiroshima brewery in one of Japan’s three great sake-brewing spots offers tours in English

Stepping into sake history in Saijo.

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The mysterious case of the horrifying sign on a cemetery wall in Tokyo

Ominous eye and promise to “develop special abilities” leads to a hunt for clues around the city.

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Why do Japan’s noisy-gulp drink commercials exist, and are they gross?【SN24 reader survey】

We asked your opinions about this long-standing, big-gulping tradition.

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Is Japan’s custom of slurping noodles irritating, and why do they do it?【SN24 reader survey】

Foreign traveler’s comment about soba slurping sparks some slurping soul searching, and the SoraNews24 reader community weighs in.

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American ehomaki? Searching for lucky Setsubun sushi rolls in the U.S.【Taste test】

Looking for a taste of home-away-from-home while back home.

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