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Samurai chick pudding cake is Japan’s newest hard-to-buy, delicious-to-eat treat【Taste test】

Yeah, Tokugawa Ieyasu was a great shogun and all, but we’re here to see (and eat) Tokugawa Piyoyasu.

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“Get them drunk then chop off their heads.” Samurai’s assassination plot against U.S. envoys found

Alternate plan was to just burn them alive.

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Amazing time-lapse-style video shows 150-year history of the growth of train stations in Japan

Points of light shine bright, and sometimes disappear, in this fascinating look at the last century and a half.

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Perfectly recreated 1960s Japanese apartment lets museum visitors go back to mid-Showa era【Pics】

Matsudo Museum recreates Tokiwadaira Danchi, and a day in the life of old-school Japan.

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Someone crashed a car into Japan’s oldest restroom

Bathroom accident in Kyoto involves no poo, but there’s still a mess that needs cleaning up.

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Japan’s Three Most Disappointing Tourist Sites: Sapporo Clock Tower

Why does this top tourist spot fall short of so many people’s expectations?

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Ninja vs. samurai night battle to take place at Japanese castle ruins, 100 combatants needed

Applications now open to do battle for glory and prizes when night falls on one of Japan’s most famous ninja towns.

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Do Tokyo’s Reversible Destiny Lofts really hold the power to reverse your destiny?

Architectural landmark is designed to expand your mind in new ways.

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Kyoto in summer: A special trip to Kifune shrine recharges the soul

Itinerary includes a sightseeing train, shrine visit, and a meal to remember!

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JR Central and Kyoto temple team up for the coolest temple tourism experiences you’ll ever see

Crafts, private art viewings, private lectures, exclusive tea tastings…you’ll want to do it all!

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Want to become a swordsmith? Apprenticeship opens in Japan, but the fine print might shock you

Katana-making apprenticeship sparks debate on controversial conditions. 

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Annual Tokyo festival where guys get wrapped in straw and carried through streets returning【Vids】

The story of a drought, dragons, and one of Japan’s craziest festivals.

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The restaurant where one of Japan’s last samurai lords ate now has a café with really good cake

If Kawai Tsuginosuke were alive today, he’d probably order the Special Plate dessert too.

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This open-air museum in Hokkaido is a must-visit for fans of history and one popular manga series

Hokkaido Kaitaku no Mura is a golden opportunity to explore Japanese history and earn some otaku cred.

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Crowdfunding campaign for Nara World Heritage temple surpasses 100 million yen in 8 days

When the temple asks, the temple shall receive…five-fold.

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Nephew receives SD card after his uncle passes away, finds treasure trove of gems from the past

Over 16,000 newly discovered photos show the beauty and hardships of old Japan. 

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First copy of centuries-old ninja training manual discovered, doesn’t understand dogs【Video】

The legendary Kanrinseiyo has been found!

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People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos

Serious-faced samurai from Japan’s past are helping spread the word/smiles.

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Last of Japan-made matchbooks to end production this month

The once ubiquitous promotional tool snuffed out like a… What do you call those stick thingies again?

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A talk with the first Japanese person to play in Major League Baseball, Masanori Murakami

The journey from the Hawks to the Giants wasn’t easy, but along the way he made history.

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