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Secret fireworks festivals take place across Japan to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis【Pics】

An iconic part of summer in Japan gets a throwback to its 18th century samurai-era roots.

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Mini samurai sword scissors are here to help you slice paper and plastic foes to pieces【Photos】

This is how Oda Nobunada and the Shinsengumi would remove the tags from their T-shirts.

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Fukuoka Museum offers Japanese art treasures right in your own home via AR

Why not virtually spruce up your living room with some 16th century samurai armor?

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Indulge your foxy foot fetish with kitsune socks from Japan

Dress your feet up in fox spirit cosplay.

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Through the eyes of a ninja – Thrilling drone video recreates shinobi raid at historical temple

Ninja and samurai duel inside the centuries-old “Temple of the Shogun” in Aichi Prefecture.

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Watch a kabuki classic at home: National Theatre uploads Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura for free【Video】

Five hours of a professional production of the 18th century play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura are free to watch on an official YouTube channel!

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Authentic ninja power pellet snacks on sale again in Tokyo thanks to the coronavirus【Taste test】

Hyorogan, part of the ninja and samurai diet, also get a modern, gluten-free version.

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Crowdfunded samurai sword-inspired kitchen knives now available for general sale

Now anyone can pretend to use Oda Nobunaga’s sword to cut onions!

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Term “military comfort women” returns to Japanese government-approved junior high textbooks

”Military” designation has been absent from certified teaching materials for more than a decade.

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We try a traditional Tokyo dish of stewed loaches, encounter something we’ve never seen before

A taste of the Edo-period past, and a new encounter

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How to make so, Japan’s 1,000-year-old dessert recipe that’s back in fashion【SoraKitchen】

There’s only one ingredient in this super-simple recipe for a favorite food of Kyoto’s imperial court.

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Edo Rice shows you what rice tasted like in the samurai era by continuing centuries of tradition

A Tokyo time trip for your taste buds.

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In the midst of coronavirus, a 1,000-year-old food is being revived in Japan

“There’s an epidemic going around and we’re here making so…so is it the Nara Era?

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Japanese Twitter user misses joke, stresses that “beati dogu” is not traditional Japanese culture

Samurai tradition stresses the importance of horse and rider as one, but this canine contest is completely for comedy.

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The mystery of the phantom “sake pass card” at Japanese alcohol vending machines

Remnants of a bygone era reveal the quirks of a previous payment system.

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Controversial My Hero Academia character gets new name, comes with risk of yet another controversy

Critics said “Maruta Shiga” was a reference to human experimentation during World War II, but some see the same problem in his new name.

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My Hero Academia creator, publisher make official apologies for controversial character name

Critics say “Maruta Shiga” is a reference to human experimentation in Japan-occupied China.

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The spot in Kyoto where Japan’s most treacherous samurai was hunted down by bandits

We step back into the past on a walk to the Akechi Thicket.

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Outrage sparks as investigation on burned Shuri Castle is closed with no conclusive results

Many can only speculate as to what happened to Okinawa’s beloved castle.

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Akihabara in the ’80s looked very different to Tokyo’s otaku mecca today【Video】

Stroll the streets of Electric Town at a time when computers and video games were just beginning to appear on the scene

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