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Enjoy a pint in Japan’s oldest beer hall, now designated a Tangible Cultural Property

Get a drink and a taste of history from this 87-year-old Ginza drinking den!

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Boys’ love at the temple? Sensual ikemen art that raised eyebrows in Japan now set to be removed

Modern makeover at centuries-old temple comes to an end, but not for rumoured reasons.

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New poseable figma Tutenkahmun figure is coming out of his grave, has been doing just fine

Soon, now, he’ll open up his tomb now, glittering gold…

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Genuine Muramasa blade and Muromachi katana on display at Tokyo’s Touken Ranbu store【Photos】

The game/anime franchise about anthropomorphized Japanese swords is offering a chance to see some real ones.

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Does Tokyo’s “breakup shrine” really have the power to end relationships?

We set out to dispel rumours about the shrine’s mysterious power…but it ends up biting us in the butt.

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Reversible Destiny Lofts needs your help to protect its destiny during coronavirus pandemic

Architectural landmark in Tokyo faces a shaky future.

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New Fuma ninja being recruited for first time in 400 years

Odawara ninja clan disappeared from history four centuries ago, but the city is training a new generation for a new mission.

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We assembled an Edo period-style tea-carrying mechanical doll【Pics, videos】

The jury’s still out on whether it’s creepy, cute, or creepy-cute.

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National Film Archive of Japan releases shocking historical videos of 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake

A new publicly accessible website compiles contemporary footage of the deadliest natural disaster in Japanese history into a 64-minute film.

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Kim Jong-un summoned to appear in Tokyo District Court

It doesn’t hurt to ask.

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Breathtaking pixel art video shows 100 years of Japanese work culture changes【Video】

From the birth of salarymen to the rise of the company warrior and the new normal.

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Samurai luxury — Renovated 400-year-old ryokan near Chiba’s coast can be yours to rent【Photos】

The inn is actually an upgraded traditional Japanese house that’s continuously served as a residence for officials for more than 400 years.

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Protect your fingers with these adorable rubber thimbles based off ancient Japanese clay dolls

Imagine showing up to the club with these babies on.

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346-year-old sweets store closes at Sensoji temple in Asakusa

Family pulls the final shutter down on one of the oldest Japanese sweets stores in the country.

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Japanese shrine creates special water fountain for thirsty bees

Sweet act of kindness melts everyone’s hearts.

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The blood-soaked meaning behind the mysterious marks on the floor at Tokyo Station【Photos】

Almost nobody notices them, but they’re reminders of a violent era in Japan’s past.

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This mysterious tunnel in Japan is like none you’ve ever seen before

A road that isn’t wide enough for cars and a dark, secret chamber are just some of the surprises at this off-the-beaten path destination.

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Feel like a kid again at one of Japan’s last true old-school candy stores

Ryu-kun’s Shop in Chiba is a real throwback to another era.

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How big (small?) is the smallest Great Buddha statue in Japan? Let’s visit and find out【Photos】

We’re not quite sure what to expect when we head out on a day trip from Tokyo to see the Great Buddha of Kamagaya.

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What did Japanese curry taste like 150 years ago? This instant curry pack lets you find out

It’s like a time travel adventure for your mouth.

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