culture

Flush your prayers down the toilet at this unique Japanese temple

A new way to pray at the porcelain altar.

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A Japanese tea house for inside your house? Tokyo company wants to offer micro chashitsu overseas

Asakusa tea ceremony school creates a sanctuary you can build inside your living room.

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Holy noodles! Japanese restaurant serves up some very unusual udon

Food for thought, in more ways than one.

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Japanese government worried young adults aren’t drinking enough alcohol

This calls for a contest!

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How to make Japanese incense, the traditional way

Tokyo store teaches customers how to “listen” to scents instead of smelling them. 

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Visit the birthplace of the Japanese daruma in Gunma Prefecture

Home to some unusual rotund inhabitants.

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Tokyo’s Nakano adds rock and disco to its annual summer bon dance【Videos】

The neighborhood that invented the Obon Jovi dance is back with a new set list of rock and disco hits.

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And now, a traditional Japanese bon dance, performed next to a life-size anime robot statue【Vid】

Classic anime opening theme song provides the musical accompaniment for old-school summertime celebration in Tokyo.

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Want to become a swordsmith? Apprenticeship opens in Japan, but the fine print might shock you

Katana-making apprenticeship sparks debate on controversial conditions. 

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Why does Japan actually like the super loud, constantly buzzing sound of cicadas?

For many people in Japan, there’s no more welcome sound than the incredibly loud whining buzz of the seasonal insects.

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A first-time visit to Kyoto’s Gion Festival becomes a night to remember

There’s more to these giant Yamahoko floats than first meets the eye. 

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Studio Ghibli’s two most famous character masks come into the real world with mini o-men【Photos】

Ghibli Museum’s hand-crafted masks are here just in time for Japan’s summer festival season.

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Annual Tokyo festival where guys get wrapped in straw and carried through streets returning【Vids】

The story of a drought, dragons, and one of Japan’s craziest festivals.

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Crowdfunding campaign for Nara World Heritage temple surpasses 100 million yen in 8 days

When the temple asks, the temple shall receive…five-fold.

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Nephew receives SD card after his uncle passes away, finds treasure trove of gems from the past

Over 16,000 newly discovered photos show the beauty and hardships of old Japan. 

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Japanese temple and shrine craftsmen now building world’s coolest doghouses, the Inudono【Pics】

A very fancy residence for very good boys and girls.

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Miss school field trips? Now adults can go on a “school trip” too with new plan at Nara hotel

With lots of tour-like features and educational experiences, you’ll learn a lot and have fun, too!

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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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