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Daily horde of commuters into Tokyo is larger than one of history’s fiercest conquering armies

Force from the north could have upset the balance of power in 4th century Europe.

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Abysmal viewer ratings for Pokémon anime series does not worry its broadcaster the slightest bit

After all, it’s been through worse before.

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Edo Cat Cafe closure postponed as 50 rescue cats still need foster parents

After creating a stunning samurai-themed ukiyo-e world for their cats, this organisation is refusing to give up on them.

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Japan’s new eight-headed dragon license plates might be the coolest in the entire world【Pics】

The Yamata no Orochi is ready to leap out of the annals of mythology and onto your car.

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Edo-Period Japanese book depicts U.S. history in hilariously awesome illustrations

It may not be historically accurate, but it’s one-hundred percent real!

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Why do Chinese characters in anime say -arimasu/-aru ALL the time?

Linguistics professor explains the centuries-old background of the omnipresent anime and manga verbal tic.

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Teachers reprimanded for using Japanese imperial flag and apparent war propaganda on school test

The tests were confiscated and the teachers forced to apologize to students.

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Osaka ends sister city relationship with San Francisco over comfort women memorial dispute

61-year governmental partnership brought to a close as Osaka mayor cites lack of necessary “deep trust.”

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Japan once had a sightseeing cable car at Shibuya Station 【Video】

People used to travel on a ropeway between department store rooftops overlooking today’s scramble crossing.

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We go to Kyushu’s Miyazaki Prefecture to feel like giants in (on?) a tiny party train【Photos】

Going slightly loco-motive in the stunning scenery of Japan’s southern Kyushu island, with bubbles!

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Centuries-old book of ninja secrets discovered at public library in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture

Shinobi training manual covers ingredients to make sleeping potions and smoke bombs, as well as magic incantations.

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Sado Island: A relatively unknown historical, natural, and tourist gem of Japan

History buffs, nature fans, and Japanese culture enthusiasts will want to check out this island in the Sea of Japan.

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One Piece manga creator’s joke about World War II soldier prompts official apology from publisher

Anime/manga legend Eiichro Oda’s joke about fried chicken touches a raw historical nerve.

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Celebrate National Cucumber Day by learning about the cucumber-loving yokai, the kappa

Why DO kappa flip their lids for cucumber? No better time to investigate that than June 14, recognized around the globe as Cucumber Day.

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What would a samurai-era cat cafe look like? Like the brand-new Edo Cat Cafe opening in Tokyo!

Take a trip back in time and into feline cuteness with this new cat cafe in one of Tokyo’s most history-rich neighborhoods.

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We visit Tokyo Station…outside of Tokyo

Travel off the beaten track to the capital’s little-known lookalike station.

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Why is “Akihabara” shortened to “Akiba?” The historical reason may surprise you

Yeah, wait a minute. Why isn’t it shortened to “Akiha” instead?

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Japanese manga artist illustrates the history behind the maid cafe cosplay uniform

From British servant’s quarters to the streets of Tokyo, Japan’s cute and sexy maid costume has travelled a long way to get where it is today.

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Twitter users post “photos that can never be taken again” as viral hashtag sweeps the country

This incredible collection of images captures moments so unique they’re unlikely to ever be replicated.

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Travel back in time to this timeless Japanese hot spring inn from the Taisho period【Photos】

You can practically taste the nostalgia permeating this Taisho-era ryokan in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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