culture

Japanese etiquette lesson: Should you fold up your own futon when leaving a ryokan inn?

The sleeping mat has to get folded up before it gets put away, but who should do the folding?

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We make pills the old-fashioned way in Japan’s former medicine capital, Toyama Prefecture

Our Japanese reporter adds ‘making drugs‘ to her SoraNews24 resume.

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Japan’s northernmost brewery on the mainland is…a temple?!?

The holiest craft beer in the country.

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Why does Japan’s most famous ocean legend end at this temple in the middle of the mountains?

Urashima Taro spent centuries at the sea dragon’s palace at the bottom of the ocean, but this Nagano temple says it’s where the story ends.

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This simple picture of a stairway is worth a thousand words about Japanese culture

Commitment to being considerate leaves a literal mark in Tokyo station.

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Thanks to the shogun, this Tokyo Shinto shrine has good luck charms to help you win idol tickets

The historical reason this shrine in the heart of the city is becoming a must-visit for idol fans.

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Plushie versions of ancient Japanese protection charms are our new favourite capsule toys

Haniwa and dogu are now available in plushie form!

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Should you watch the credits at the movies? Japanese celebrity’s comments spark fierce debate

Is there any need to stay once the movie’s ended?” Ami Suzuki commented on panel show.

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National dekotora association mints NFTs for charity and to support the art of decorating trucks

Help dekotora help everyone.

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We visit a mysterious pagoda near Yomiuri Land, turns out to be an incredibly sacred spot

An enigmatic-looking building turns out to be much more.

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Survey picks Japan’s top three (actually four) open-air museums【Photos】

A day at the museum doesn’t have to mean a day inside.

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How origami changed the life of a Japanese woman in the U.S.

A lesson in how to overcome your fears and change your destiny.

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Milla Jovovich’s daughter charms Japan with video of her speaking excellent Japanese【Video】

Ever Anderson made video to show her love and respect for Japanese culture.

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Old Enough: Netflix show sparks global debate on parenting and child safety

Wholesome Japanese TV show about toddlers going out on errands divides overseas viewers. 

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How many otaku penlights do you need to survive a blackout in Japan?

Light up the darkness with a little love from your idol. 

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Where to find the Great Floating Buddha of Ikebukuro

Tokyo ward known for its otaku culture holds a hidden gem not many people know about.

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Mist descends upon Japan’s “Killing Stone” after ceremony to appease nine-tailed fox spirit

Does this mean the priest’s purification ritual has placated the beast? Or is it an omen of something else to come?

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Japan’s “killing stone” splits in two, possibly unleashing evil nine-tailed fox spirit

Ominous event has people fearing this is a harbinger of doom.

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In search of Japan’s biggest tanuki, we stumble across something equally big

Japanese raccoon dogs are known for their large…ahem, appendages. But which one is the largest of them all?

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Missing 700-year-old national treasure katana found in Australia【Video】

Katana was gifted to shrine by samurai lord two centuries ago, but has been missing for decades.

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