culture

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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Star Wars is being turned into a kabuki play with one Japan’s biggest stars playing Kylo Ren

Let the past die. Turn it into a kabuki play, if you have to.

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“We will, absolutely, rebuild Shuri Castle” Okinawa governor promises after devastating fire

Castle’s main hall, two other buildings completely consumed by flames.

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Japanese omamori good-luck charm pouches are here to protect your lips as stylish balm holders

Over 40 handcrafted designs to choose from, many made with thousand-year-old Fujiyama-ori tradition.

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This amazing Buddhist statue cafe in Japan could be a museum all by itself【Photos】

Coffee and culture on both on the order at unorthodox coffee house Kagari.

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Waitress explains a baffling, annoying part of kimono dress codes at many Japanese restaurants

It’s hard to see why this should be an issue, but apparently it is.

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Japanese Christian groups hold press conference to protest emperor’s enthronement ceremony

Coalition calls government involvement “a threat to freedom of faith.”

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Japanese festival float slams full-speed into power pole at Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka 【Videos】

Festival-goers sustain injuries, suffer broken bones at one of the most dangerous festivals in Japan.

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Heavy rain falls in Tokyo on day emperor is presented with Sword of Heavenly Gathering Clouds

New emperor’s rainy enthronement ceremony takes place at Imperial Palace while the sword’s regular home experiences blue skies and sunshine.

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How did samurai swords and armor evolve over time?【Part 2】【Photos】

We’re back for another look at how the arms and armor of samurai developed, and this time we learn why they ditched their otachi for uchigatana.

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Oldest manuscript of the world’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji, found in Tokyo【Photos】

Hand-written by a master calligrapher, the manuscript is approximately 800 years old.

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