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Embrace the literary and the historical with traditional Japanese artwork as your Zoom background

Gorgeous visuals from some of Japan’s most revered art pieces now available for download.

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Kyoto’s Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion finishes restoration, looks more beautiful than ever【Photos】

It’s not just gold that’s shining right now at one of Japan’s most beautiful historical sites.

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A Japanese vending machine perfect for samurai

If vending machines existed in the Edo Period, they would’ve looked like this. 

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The depressing diet of a Tokyo prostitute during Japan’s Edo period

Yoshiwara was once where men with money to burn came to entertain themselves, while this woman was eating rotten pickles, or sometimes nothing at all.

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Erotic Japanese woodblock print underwear makes a statement when you take off your pants【Pics】

Hokusai and other ukiyo-e masters of the Edo period are here to help your crotch look its best.

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We eat at Japan’s first-ever ramen restaurant, finally reopened after 44 years

Tasting history at Rairaiken, the restaurant that introduced Japan to ramen over 100 years ago.

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Cat in Japan finds the perfect shrine to take shelter from the rain at

Cats have a habit of hanging out wherever they want to, but at this shrine felines are honored guests.

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Street footage from Hollywood movie “Tokyo Joe” shows post-war Shibuya colourised by AI 【Video】

Originally used as the background for Humphrey Bogart’s close-up, these Japanese folks are now having their time in the spotlight.

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Send a mini Japanese army in the mail using these unique message cards

Because who doesn’t look forward to receiving a battalion of samurai in the mail?!

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Yamagata prefecture to open “kimono retreat hotel” in 2021 based in historic renovated property

Area will offer great opportunities to learn about the local culture, as well as the wonderful world of kimono craftsmanship.

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Now you can ‘stay’ in a Japanese castle without even leaving your sofa

There are even futons for you to ‘sleep’ on!

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Bones of over 1,500 people found at Osaka Station area construction site

Before the area was known as Umekita, it was known as Umeda Grave.

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Japan’s first-ever ramen restaurant, which closed 44 years ago, is reopening this fall!

Historic ramen restaurant Rairaiken starts serving ramen again in a very appropriate location.

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Japan’s craziest train station has a giant with light-up eyes growing out of its wall【Photos】

It looks like a science fiction monster of the week, but it’s actually a salute the millennia-old past.

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Stay at an old samurai residence in the heart of a “Little Kyoto” warrior town

Swords, armour and ceremonial items are just some of the samurai secrets awaiting you inside this secluded compound.

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Tokyo in 60 frames-per-second, 107 years in the past, looks amazing【Video】

AI-restored video opens a hyper-realistic window to the Japan of a century ago.

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Japanese-American singer Hikaru Utada opens a discussion on racism on Japanese Twitter

The singer hopes that this will be a turning point for racial issues in America. 

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Secret fireworks festivals take place across Japan to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis【Pics】

An iconic part of summer in Japan gets a throwback to its 18th century samurai-era roots.

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Mini samurai sword scissors are here to help you slice paper and plastic foes to pieces【Photos】

This is how Oda Nobunada and the Shinsengumi would remove the tags from their T-shirts.

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Fukuoka Museum offers Japanese art treasures right in your own home via AR

Why not virtually spruce up your living room with some 16th century samurai armor?

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