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Supermarket sushi becomes a hot topic with foreigners on Reddit, but is it any good?

Is this Japanese supermarket sushi really worth the hype?

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Hidden oasis on a Japanese department store rooftop is home to Monet’s Pond in Tokyo

Free to visit, this huge rooftop is one of the best places to take a break from the chaos of the city. 

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Osaka store catering to menstrual goods has staff wear badges saying if they’re on their period

The ultimate store for feminine needs. Period.

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Dragon Ball Z’s Piccolo and Frieza show their Halloween spirit, help bring the holiday to Japan

For most of the western world, October is a month of ghastly ghouls and Halloween hijinx. But in Japan, Halloween wasn’t really celebrated up until fairly recently, and even now trick-or-treating at random houses is still a pretty uncommon occurrence.

This year however, Halloween has exploded in popularity. Retailers have been getting ready for the big night several months in advance, and even Pepsi Japan has released a spooky new flavor to celebrate. The pagan festival has become so popular that even some of the characters from Dragon Ball Z are joining in on the fun.

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Ginza is a fancy place…just look at the elevators!

The Ginza area of Tokyo is by far the ritziest of all of Japan’s districts. With stores such as Chanel, Cartier and Bulgari (not to mention an extremely overpriced bar staffed by former and current porn stars), you’re going to have to have a lot of yen in your pockets if you want to do more than window shop and people watch. Yes, there are exceptions and cheap eats to be found nestled amongst the luxury items, but overall, Ginza is dominated by fancy things. Just look at the elevators…

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