culture

Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country

There’s one place in particular where Japanese people aren’t just not polite, they’re downright rude.

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Busting one of the biggest myths about the five-yen coin and shrine offerings in Japan

You may have heard giving a certain amount of money will win you favor with the gods, but a very high authority says otherwise.

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Dodge the biggest problem of giving yourself a kanji name with these for-foreigner personal seals

Get a stamp of approval with your own Japanese personal seal complete with your Japanese kanji name.

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Japan announces Kanji of the Year for 2019, and it was really the only logical choice

One topic dominated conversations in Japan this year, and now it’s officially the most significant single kanji character of the past 12 months.

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Historical katana dessert knives turn your sweet snacks into a delicious duel【Photos】

One of Japan’s best katana-collection museums recreates its swords in miniature form for you to cut up your desserts with.

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This crazy tower in a Japanese park promises a message form aliens, so we went to get one【Travel】

Will our UFO-chasing reporter finally get the answers he’s been looking for since the alien encounter he says he had in high school?

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Disney’s Japanese New Year’s plushies and figures are ready to make oshogatsu cuter than ever

Mickey, Minnie, Pooh, and even Baymax turn into traditional symbols of good luck and the Chinese Zodiac to help ring in 2020.

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Buildings used for the emperor’s Daijosai ceremony are open for public viewing until December 8

Now’s your last chance to see structures that can’t be seen again until the ascension of the next emperor.

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A visit to Tokyo’s luckiest, kitty-est lucky cat temple: Gotokuji【Photos】

Like the samurai lord who visited 400 years ago, we get beckoned to this suburban temple by its feline charm.

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Star Wars becomes a kabuki play as we attend Kairennosuke and the Three Shining Swords in Tokyo

Japan’s biggest kabuki star becomes Kylo Ren, and here’s how you can watch the performance yourself.

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Wannabe science fiction writer graffitis centuries-old Kyoto temple for extremely weird reason

Baffling justification still gets him arrested.

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3-D model of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print The Great Wave stuns people in Japan 【Video】

Hokusai’s acclaimed centuries-old 2-D artwork looks even more beautiful in 3-D.

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KFC Japanese New Year’s cards give you free fried chicken to start 2020 off right!

KFC gets into Japan’s nengajo tradition in a finger-licking way.

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Can a Japanese person look good in one of those for-foreigner souvenir kimono? Mr. Sato finds out

Gift shop kimono are almost nothing like the real thing, but can Mr. Sato’s fashion aura transcend national boundaries?

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Is it OK to bite through your ramen noodles while slurping them in Japan? Internet debates

Slurping is the norm in a Japanese noodle house, but is it OK to bite off your ramen if it’s more than you can chew?

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Beautiful kimono-cloth Pikachu doll is latest creation from century-old Tokyo doll maker【Photos】

Techniques developed in Kyoto hundreds of years ago make Pikachu as beautiful as he is adorable.

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Want tickets to the Star Wars kabuki play? Here’s how you can win a pair for free

You can see kabuki Kylo Ren for free if the Force, and some luck, are with you.

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U.S. Marine Corps posts sympathetic message over burned Shuri Castle, Twitter debate ensues

Did this one particular response cross a line?

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Crowdfunding campaign opens to rebuild fire-ravaged Shuri Castle, raises over 290 million yen

Governor of Okinawa gives hoped-for target date for repair of symbol of Okinawa.

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Fire breaks out near Japan’s Shirakawa-go World Heritage site【Videos】

Hidden sprinkler defense system activates to help protect beautiful traditional thatched-roof farmhouses.

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