Is the new Shinkansen Train Desk ticket worth it?

We try a cheaper alternative to Japan’s premium Green Car carriages.

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Hanton rice — a delicious regional food even most Japanese people don’t know about, but more should

We head to Kanazawa to visit the birthplace of this “hungry tuna” dish that doesn’t contain tuna.

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New JR Shinkansen-inclusive rail pass is a huge bargain, great way to help out a region in need

The four-day Hokuriku Ouen ticket is rooting for the earthquake-stricken area of Japan.

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Watch Ishikawa-set anime, support January 1 earthquake relief efforts

The 2011 anime series Hanasaku Iroha and its film are now streaming on YouTube for free for residents of Japan with proceeds going towards aid.

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Japan’s new random-destination die-roll train tickets — Amazing bargain for just 36 bucks

If luck’s on your side, you can save 83 percent off normal train fare, and even if it’s not, you’ll still save at least 34.

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Ishikawa latest prefecture to join those with Pokémon manhole lids across Japan

When it comes to Japanese prefectures, Pokémon’s gotta cap ’em all.

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Need a place to stay in Japan? These share houses have discounts for newly arrived foreigners

Locations available in greater Tokyo area, Hokkaido, and historical Kanazawa.

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Enjoy a steaming bowl of Piplup with the taste of the Edo Period in fun new collaboration

Penguin Pokémon’s latest promotional product involves a nice bowl of miso soup.

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Japanese schoolgirls in sailor suit uniforms demonstrate 82 sumo techniques【Video】

These girls expertly throw each other around the ring to help promote high school sumo in Japan.

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Bling up your computer life with a gold leaf-covered HDD and memory stick!

Add a little shine and sparkle to your computer desk with these gadgets covered with traditional Japanese hand crafted gold leaf.

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Turn over a new gold leaf with these stylish Gundam dishes from the Gundam Cafe

The age of the geek with expendable cash is truly upon us, as many people who grew up on comic books and cartoons are turning into adults with well-paying jobs. There is also a growing population of people in Japan who are forgoing a traditional relationship and instead spending more money on themselves. These burgeoning consumers might be the reason why you will find geek-centric yet sophisticated household items. That way, responsible adults can still revel in their fandoms but still be refined home decorators.

It’s time to get our wallets ready again, since now you can buy Mobile Suit Gudam plates covered in Kanazawa gold leaf.

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Man arrested for fraud in potentially the stupidest way possible

For years now, Japan has been beset by cases of ore ore sagi (“hey-it’s-me” scam). This is where the scammer contacts a (usually elderly) person claiming to be or know their child or relative. They then explain that they need money for an emergency and provide an account for the victim to transfer their money to, which sadly they often do.

These perpetrators can be difficult to catch, but sometimes a person’s force of habit can help make the police’s job that much easier. Take the case of one suspect named Akio Kanazawa, for example.

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What to do when you need to find a good sushi restaurant – hire a Sushi Taxi, and get some sightseeing done at the same time!

Whether you’re Japanese or a foreign tourist, it can be difficult finding a good sushi restaurant when you’re in a part of Japan you’re not familiar with. Well, if you find yourself in that predicament in the city of Kanazawa, there’s an excellent solution to the problem – hire a sushi taxi! Read More