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You could be renting this 300-year-old samurai era house in Japan right now

”Just about the best-condition 300-year-old property you’ll ever find,” boasts realtor.

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Japanese castle’s new Ninja Museum sends you on an interactive shinobi mission through history

The castle closest to Tokyo expands its English explanations and adds a Fuma ninja clan infiltration experience.

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The 10 best castles in Japan, as chosen by experts and fans

Survey results stretch all the way from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, with several awesome stops in between.

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Japanese net user finds U.S. propaganda film from WWII and draws unusual conclusion

An American wartime propaganda video has one Japanese citizen reflecting on his nation’s societal structure today.

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Kamakura Warrior Tour now offering T-shirts that are the spitting image of real samurai armor

Now’s your chance to snag a samurai armor-inspired T-shirt during your next visit to Kamakura, a beautiful day trip destination from Tokyo.

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122-year-old video of downtown Tokyo shows how much Japan’s capital has changed【Video】

Many of the people in the video spent their early lives living in a Japan that was ruled by a shogun.

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Film about Japanese-Russian POW romance gets crowdfunding project for screening in Russia

In an age fraught with international tensions, a new movie co-produced by Russia and Japan sends a powerful message that love transcends language and borders.

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Prior owners of Keiunkan ryokan, the world’s oldest hotel, liquidate company

Hot spring inn, founded in 704, has fallen on hard times.

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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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