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Recreating the greatest betrayal of the samurai era with the Honnoji Incident papercraft kit【Pics】

Over 400 years ago, a temple in Kyoto suddenly became the site of a battle that would change Japanese history forever.

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What it’s like to get a haircut at Japan’s oldest barber shop

Styling tips from fifth-generation owner of a business that began before samurai were allowed to cut their top-knots.

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The Japanese train station famous for mysterious dancing cats

Magical legend lives on at Odoriba Station.

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This sandwich bento with 120-year history from Kamakura is a masterful example of how less is more

Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because that’s what makes it shine!

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It’s like the samurai era never ended at this beautiful Japanese mountain town

Nagano village was once a major stop on the Kyoto-Edo route, and the neighborhood looks much the same centuries later.

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Tokyo’s angriest ghost gets a brand-new grave for his millennium-old severed head【Photos】

So far so good, as no one has mysteriously died since the renovation finished.

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How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open

Not far from Akihabara you’ll find Amanoya, but it wouldn’t be there if not for an assassination.

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The time farting lead to murder and the fall of one of Japan’s great samurai clans

Japan’s Chiba Prefecture was once ruled by a samurai whose death was flatulence-related.

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Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries

We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke.

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Beautiful photos of the isekai-looking mountain that’s one of the Tokyo area’s best day-trips

You’ll be glad you saw this amazing place.

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Why do kids in Japan use those large leathery “randoseru” school bags?

A trend a century and a half in the making.

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World’s second-oldest hotel offers new self-service stays to cope during pandemic

Japanese onsen ryokan adapts to the new normal after being in business for over 1,300 years.

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Amazing photos of off-the-beaten-path Japanese castles to add to your travel wish list【Photos】

Looking at these overlooked castles might have you altering your itinerary.

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Ghost of Tsushima live-action Hollywood movie on the way, Japanese Twitter reacts

The U.S.-made PlayStation samurai epic starts a second life as a feature film.

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Cursed sites of Tokyo: A love shrine with 7 mysteries and a vengeful samurai ghost

Dark details you won’t find in travel guides to Japan. 

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There’s a samurai-era village for you to walk through at this awesome overlooked museum in Japan

The town is called Fukuyama now, but once upon a time it was Kusado Sengencho.

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Japanese Twitter realizes that talking about the NES now is the same as old men talking about WW2

Oh crap. Has it really been that long?

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A visit to Japan’s forbidden forest of Yawata no Yabushirazu

Just a half-hour outside downtown Tokyo, legends say that if you enter this thicket, you’ll be spirited away and never return.

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We eat Japan’s oldest sweet, available at only one store in all of Japan

Edo period confectionery store learnt the secret recipe from a monk on a mountain in Kyoto. 

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Celebrate 50 years of McDonald’s Japan by walking through history, from 1971 to today【Video】

McDonald’s Japan takes a look back on the last half-century while saying thank you to customers.

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