culture

Century-old station in Kyushu faithfully restored to original condition, Starbucks added

Starbucks aside, you can really get a feel for the Taisho era in this newly reopened landmark.

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Japanese people least likely to talk to strangers or offer help on airplanes, survey finds

Selfish and unfriendly, or quietly respectful?

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This beautiful Starbucks just outside Tokyo has an aural connection to Japan’s samurai past【Pics】

Your eyes will love the traditional Japanese garden, but keep your ears open for a sound that’s been marking life in this town for centuries.

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Kim Kardashian drops plans to call new fashion brand Kimono Solutionwear

Angry response causes lifestyle entrepreneur to backtrack from first-choice of name for new innerwear line.

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Mayor of Kyoto drops mic on Kim Kardashian, sends letter explaining what “kimono” really is

You know you’ve messed up when you get a letter from the mayor.

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Kim Kardashian trademarks the word kimono, gets slammed by people in Japan

The hashtag #KimOhNo goes viral as the star comes under criticism for cultural appropriation.

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Japanese store apologises for ad saying “women who want biracial children” should wear kimono

Because wearing a kimono will attract a foreign man.

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What it’s really like to join a Japanese festival and carry a mikoshi around Tokyo for a day

We join the festivities at Suga Shrine, made famous as one of the real-life locations from the hit anime film Your Name

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Hello Kitty rickshaw tours are coming to show you Tokyo in Sanrio style!

Japan’s cute character queen teams up with the coolest way to see downtown Tokyo’s most traditional neighborhood.

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What it’s like to rent a kimono and stroll around Sensoji temple in Asakusa for an afternoon

There are benefits to wearing a kimono while sightseeing in Tokyo, even if you’re travelling alone.

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Japanese tire company’s trendy tire print yukata prints rev back into the limelight

Far from their traditional association with burnt rubber, squealing brakes and gritty endurance, tires lend a spot of delicate geometry to these kimono prints.
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Renting a Girlfriend in Japan: Relationship goals or just plain awkward? 【Video】

Japanese rental girlfriend spills all the details on what it’s like to date a complete stranger.

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Christian groups in Japan criticize emperor’s ascension ceremony as violation of constitution

Spokesmen say this week’s ceremony, and another scheduled for October, violate the principal of separation of church and state.

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How do you say “Happy New Era” in Japanese?

With the imperial Heisei era over and the Reiwa period just beginning, this is the phrase to use.

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Japan’s new emperor ascends to throne, makes first speech with wish for peace, happiness

Emperor Naruhito looks back on emperors of the past before turning his eyes to the nation’s future.

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Emperor of Japan abdicates throne, issues final imperial statement to people of Japan【Video】

Emperor Akihito’s 30-year reign, known as the Heisei era, comes to a close.

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Japan redesigns yen bills and coin, adds beautiful ukiyo-e painting, women’s education pioneer

Country continues tradition of honoring icons of art and science over politicians on its currency.

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Japanese castle’s new Ninja Museum sends you on an interactive shinobi mission through history

The castle closest to Tokyo expands its English explanations and adds a Fuma ninja clan infiltration experience.

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Japan announces new era name, Reiwa, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?

Prime Minister explains rationale behind decision and compares people of Japan to flowers, but not cherry blossoms.

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Kimono rental shops in Kyoto and Nara offer Japanese-style hijabs to buy or rent

More stores in Japan’s ancient capital cities are now offering fully functional and fashionable hijabs to accommodate guests from all over the world

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