culture

Testing Japan’s gacha capsule toy calligraphy brushes – tranquility for just 200 yen【Photos】

Paired with a mini goshuincho, this is a small-size, small-price way to experience the inner calm of traditional Japanese arts.

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Tradition meets summer blooms as shrines arrange beautiful floating flower displays【Pics, Video】

Shrines are cooling off from the summer heat by taking the art of flower arrangement to a whole new level.
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Newest Hello Kitty collab features Kitty-chan cosplaying as supernatural protector against plague

In the name of anti-bacterial cloth and kawaii, begone disease!

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Japan’s new ukiyo-e woodblock print passports are beautiful, now in travelers’ hands【Photos】

Passport holders in Japan now have a miniature gallery of the works of Hokusai, the country’s most famous traveling painter.

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Secret fireworks festivals take place across Japan to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis【Pics】

An iconic part of summer in Japan gets a throwback to its 18th century samurai-era roots.

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Osaka asked not to directly rub goblin god’s feet as things slowly return to normal in the city

We’re not quite at the Billiken-foot-rubbing stage of normalcy yet.

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Mini samurai sword scissors are here to help you slice paper and plastic foes to pieces【Photos】

This is how Oda Nobunada and the Shinsengumi would remove the tags from their T-shirts.

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Gotta stamp them all! Collect your shrine stamps with this gorgeous new range of stationery

Preserve your shrine memories in style with these stamp books!

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The time has come for us to eat Japanese squirrel hot pot【SoraKitchen】

Today’s recipe comes from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and the traditional culture of the Ainu people.

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Fusedon: the mysterious Japanese subculture of flipping your bowl to say “thanks”

It’s gross and annoying, and yet some people won’t stop doing it for some reason.

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Japanese upcycle brand makes ’80s obi sandals in collaboration with United Tokyo 【Photos】

Traditional Japanese fashion in a sustainable, wearable form? Yes, please.

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Drink with a Japanese geisha at an online drinking party

Now you don’t even have to be in Japan to spend time with a geisha. 

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Fukuoka Museum offers Japanese art treasures right in your own home via AR

Why not virtually spruce up your living room with some 16th century samurai armor?

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My matcha moment – How to have a one-person tea ceremony all by yourself, with no special tools

A few minutes is all it takes to leave stress and distractions behind and find peace in a perfect cup of matcha you made all by yourself.

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Preserve your sushi’s form and your dignity with this one easy sushi-eating life hack【Pics】

All this takes is a common ingredient paired with every sushi dish.

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Japanese bath hack: Toss iris leaves in the tub for a traditional shobu yu soak【Photos】

For health, happiness and just having fun!

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Sensoji temple at Asakusa gets a new giant lantern

While we were all social distancing, Tokyo’s most famous temple got a facelift.

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Japanese wife creates izakaya pub at home during coronavirus outbreak

When your husband can’t go out to the izakaya during a pandemic, you bring the izakaya to him.

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Watch a kabuki classic at home: National Theatre uploads Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura for free【Video】

Five hours of a professional production of the 18th century play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura are free to watch on an official YouTube channel!

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Authentic ninja power pellet snacks on sale again in Tokyo thanks to the coronavirus【Taste test】

Hyorogan, part of the ninja and samurai diet, also get a modern, gluten-free version.

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