Kansai

Cringe-worthy thief calling self “Lupin” arrested in “the Flower of O-Edo”

Self-proclaimed “Lupin of Kansai” claims to have committed 150 thefts before his capture.

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Godzilla: King of the Bento, now with limited King of the Monsters packaging

Octopus, eel, vegetables, and rice all in the same bowl? Let them fight.

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Typhoon Jebi hits Japan, blows away cars, roofs, and building facades 【Pics & Videos】

Part of the roof at Kyoto Station also fell in as staff scrambled for safety.

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“Once In Your Life In Osaka” is this year’s song of the summer 【Video】

If you love Osaka, you’ll love it even more after watching this music video.

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“Uncle Nipples” being held in connection with recent nipple rubbing incident

Former internet meme returns to the spotlight and appears as fond of his own areolae as ever.

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Osaka earthquake: Scenes show damage from strongest tremor to hit the region in decades

The shallow epicentre caused strong tremors that killed three and injured dozens of people in the region.

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Smelliest sushi in Japan to become potato chip flavor

Finally, the great taste of decaying fish and rice in a potato chip!

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New smartphone app helps lonely women in Japan make female friends, forbids date requests

Asking someone out on a date, even for same-sex romance, will get users banned.

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Scandal rocks McDonald’s Kanto-Kansai burger election, Tokyo Roast Beef Burger caught lying to voters

Revelation of “pork” in the Roast Beef Burger is sure to impact this crucial election.

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Japan’s crazy-cheap overnight Bullet Ferry gets you from Osaka to Kyushu and back for 10,000 yen

Rest your body and wallet as you travel half-way across the country in your sleep.

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Makku or Makudo? Would a burger by any other name taste as sweet?

Kanto region vs. Kansai region in a regional McDonald’s burger battle.

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Pringles in Japan come in special souvenir packs featuring the flavour of takoyaki octopus balls

We get our hands on one of Japan’s most sought-after souvenirs to find out what makes them so popular.

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Nintendo opens free gameplay area in Japan’s Kansai International Airport

International airport closest to company’s Kyoto headquarters lets you start your Nintendo travel fun right away.

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Salvatore Cuomo restaurants are offering an all-you-can-eat pizza & pasta lunch buffet for cheap

Craving some carbs? Indulge in this limited-time weekday lunch special for only 800 yen (US$7) per person.

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New limited-edition Pringles feature iconic Japanese flavours

Now once you pop, you get to enjoy some popular meals from Japan.

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Japanese readers rave about new book illustrating differences between Kanto and Kansai regions

Kuraberu Tōzai presents an easy-to-understand compilation of regional differences between Tokyo and Osaka in terms of cuisines, art, and cultural traditions.

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Kyoto temple grants love wishes to visitors who discover their heart-shaped hydrangeas

People in Japan are heading to the ancient temple to hunt for the flowery hearts.

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New Japanese beer brings out flavours of Kansai specialties like takoyaki and okonomiyaki

The new drink is said to pair well with famous dishes from the region.

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Newly released image of the giant in Attack on Titan: Kansai version is more glam than ever

Last week Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom was released on DVD and with it came a special gift: An improved visual for the Kansai dialect AoT.

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Cheapo News: We found this supermarket chain selling stupid cheap bento in west Japan

If we had to pick one thing that represented how Japanese food maybe isn’t quite as healthy as generally perceived, it would probably have to be the bento lunchbox. Bento are readily available practically everywhere in Japan—when not being handmade for you by a parent or spouse, usually in the shape of Pokémon characters and the like—and are widely consumed by office workers and other day laborers as a cheap, convenient lunch.

Despite healthy origins back in the old days, bento—perhaps by design—have become increasingly unhealthy, with your standard box available from a retailer or food truck usually weighing in at a thousand calories (or frequently even more) and containing a bunch of fried food in addition to huge portions of rice.

But heck, when a filling, albeit cholesterol and calorie-packed bento sets you back only a measly 200 yen (US$1.50) over at discount supermarket Lamu, well, we’ll happily do the extra time on the treadmill.

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