culture

Haruki Murakami denied Nobel Prize in Literature AGAIN, so summer is officially over

The Japanese author’s snub signals the arrival of cooler weather, according to Japanese netizens.

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Does Tokyo’s “breakup shrine” really have the power to end relationships?

We set out to dispel rumours about the shrine’s mysterious power…but it ends up biting us in the butt.

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Shinjuku Station’s new mascot character gets lost at the station, in more ways than one

Cute character flies under the radar, but there’s a special prize for those who can hunt it down!

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Sento bathhouse gets a new lease on life as a Tokyo cafe and office space

A very unique place to telework and surprise your colleagues during online meetings.

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There’s a secret free souvenir hiding inside this Japanese train station

A limited-time memento that pays homage to a local folklore legend.

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Preserve a piece of Japanese culture during Corona with your own mini shrine hand-washing ladle

Take your own hishaku ladle with you to purify yourself before entering a Shinto shrine. 

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This type of conveyor belt sushi tastes different in Tokyo than it does in Osaka, but why?

Same fish, same restaurant chain, but something is very different between Kanto and Kansai.

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We assembled an Edo period-style tea-carrying mechanical doll【Pics, videos】

The jury’s still out on whether it’s creepy, cute, or creepy-cute.

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VR photography exhibit held in virtual reality by Japan’s Virtual Rights organization

VR event was a virtual feast for the eyes.

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China’s “Little Kyoto” shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture “invasion”

The future of the newly opened Japan-themed complex now remains unclear. 

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KFC Japan invites you to admire beauty of moon, then eat it with tsukimi fried chicken sandwiches

Today, fried chicken is also your gateway to Japanese culture and linguistics.

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Mickey Mouse stars in kabuki poses on new line of limited-edition, Tokyo-only goods

Plus, be the proud owner of Disney-decorated Kyoto traditional handicrafts!

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Breathtaking pixel art video shows 100 years of Japanese work culture changes【Video】

From the birth of salarymen to the rise of the company warrior and the new normal.

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Samurai luxury — Renovated 400-year-old ryokan near Chiba’s coast can be yours to rent【Photos】

The inn is actually an upgraded traditional Japanese house that’s continuously served as a residence for officials for more than 400 years.

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Celebrate famous works of art AND cats with these adorably clever “Cats in Art” capsule toys

Collect all five and create your own “Nyanko Museum!”

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Protect your fingers with these adorable rubber thimbles based off ancient Japanese clay dolls

Imagine showing up to the club with these babies on.

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Why a Nagasaki graveyard is one of the best places in Japan to find a seat

When your feet are killing you, rest in peace at the cemetery!

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346-year-old sweets store closes at Sensoji temple in Asakusa

Family pulls the final shutter down on one of the oldest Japanese sweets stores in the country.

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Japanese shrine creates special water fountain for thirsty bees

Sweet act of kindness melts everyone’s hearts.

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This mysterious tunnel in Japan is like none you’ve ever seen before

A road that isn’t wide enough for cars and a dark, secret chamber are just some of the surprises at this off-the-beaten path destination.

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