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Mermaid mummy stored at Japanese temple has true identity revealed after year-long study【Video】

Ningyo was said to have been pulled out of the sea by a fisherman in Tosa domain nearly 300 years ago.

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Looking for cheap sightseeing in Tokyo? How about these rad stairs at Za-Koenji Public Theatre?

These stairs draw a lot of stares.

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Black Thunder chocolate brings us the future of Valentine’s Day: Crabs!

And Crab Thunder is coming up with new and inventive ways to give us crabs.

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We visit the only shrine in Japan where you can pray to the gods for good weather

Pray the rain away at special weather shrine in Tokyo.

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Dean & DeLuca now has fancy good luck sushi rolls to help Japan celebrate Setsubun【Photos】

They’re almost too pretty to eat, but you’ll need to chow down if you want to get Japan’s most delicious traditional luck boost.

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Say hello to Japan’s new generation of adults, fresh from Kitakyushu’s 2023 seijinshiki ceremony

These new adults say sayonara to their youth with colourful hair and gangsta costumes.

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Kicking off the new year with a gathering of the most famous dekotora in Japan

Who needs fireworks when you got this?

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The meaning of the mandarin and 6 other Japanese New Year traditions explained

Join us as we take a look at some of the most popular Japanese New Year traditions and reveal the spiritual symbolism and superstitions behind them.

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Why is there a fish on this Shake Shack Japan T-shirt?

The linguistic and cultural reasons behind the design of one of our burger-loving reporter’s favorite pieces of clothing.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery sells lucky Japanese figurines to ring in 2023

Mermaids, whales, and rabbits are in for 2023.

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Kyoto’s uniquely beautiful New Year’s tradition is being carried on by Starbucks Japan【Photos】

Before all of Japan had gacha machines, Kyoto had fukudama, and the coffeehouse chain is helping make sure the city still does.

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Japanese conveyor belt restaurant delivers food by boat in Tokyo

Floating meals are just the start of what makes this restaurant so memorable.

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Perfectly recreated 1960s Japanese apartment lets museum visitors go back to mid-Showa era【Pics】

Matsudo Museum recreates Tokiwadaira Danchi, and a day in the life of old-school Japan.

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Mysterious mountain village is home to Christ’s grave and an ancient pyramid

With local customs linked to Judea, this is a very unusual Japanese community.

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Japan has stopped printing its current yen bills, Mt. Fuji only element to be retained in new set

A changing of the yen guard for everything except Japan’s tallest mountain.

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Kyoto City planning to sell cremated people’s precious metal fillings for millions of yen

Waste not, want not.

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Government declaration that ‘miso’ made since 1950s can’t legally be called ‘miso’ sparks debate

The decision incensed netizens around the country, with 2chan’s founder even getting involved.

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Daiso releases shoulder bag series for every prefecture in Japan with surprising trivia facts

Cute designs teach us which prefecture of Japan grows the most bonsai trees and which has the most Shinto shrines.

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Fights break out at Japanese fight festival

The first rule of fight festival is: No fighting!

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Yokai Modeling Awards return to Kagawa after 5-year hiatus

Finally, a return to normalcy.

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