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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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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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How did samurai swords and armor change over time?【Part 1】【Photos】

Samurai fought on the field of battle for a thousand years, and during that time their arms and armor went through a fascinating evolution.

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Niigata brings back mysterious cat mask festival for the first time in almost 90 years

Geisha once cosplayed as white cats to revive a devastated Japanese town. 

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Japanese video shows what life was like in Tokyo and Mt Fuji over 100 years ago

Famous sites like Ueno Park and Sensoji temple look amazingly like they do today, but the people look entirely different.

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This is Japan’s oldest oyakodon chicken-and-egg rice bowl restaurant, and it’s awesome

The birthplace of one of Japan’s favorite lunches is still in business in Tokyo after more than 200 years.

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An up-close look at one of Japan’s five Ryuseito swords, forged from meteorites【Photos】

One of Japan’s most beautiful blades is now on display, and owes its existence to some dude who just wanted to eat some potatoes and pickles.

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Face to face with Ibaraki’s giant Daidarabotchi, not so bad after all and a bit of a looker

The 15-meter-tall miniature of the legendary yokai puts it in a whole new light.

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Visiting the burial site of the head of Japan’s most evil demon in Kyoto

Don’t worry, our writer brought a Pikachu with him for protection.

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Cool housewarming bonus: free Japanese katanas, potentially carved by a master craftsman

This handyman got an incredible bonus in the new house he purchased – three katanas! They may be worth much more than you would expect…

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Swords of famous samurai reborn as beautiful kitchen knives from Japan’s number-one katana town

A fierce warlord, a visionary reformer, and a Shinsengumi officer are all standing by to help you get dinner ready.

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This hotel has one of the coolest katana collections in Japan, and admission is totally free【Pics】

Centuries of samurai history are on display, and we’ll teach you what to look for in appreciating the beauty of a Japanese sword.

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Looking for a hotel in Japan? Skip the ryokan and stay in this castle instead!

Seaside stronghold in Nagasaki is looking for guests, and might let you stay for free.

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This is Japan’s oldest tempura restaurant, and it’s awesome

Its founder started out with a street-side food stall in Japan’s samurai era, and his restaurant is still serving customers in Tokyo today.

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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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