Kobe

First-ever Peanuts Hotel opens in Japan, and the rooms look amazing【Photos】

We all expected Snoopy-themed rooms to be cute, but we never imagined they’d be this stylish, and even romantic.

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Japanese thief steals thousands of dollars of fish from Kobe market, cleans up after himself

Japan’s seafood proves itself to be criminally delicious.

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JR West unveils new Japanese long distance train with special features for passengers

This is an extra special rail experience, even by Japanese standards.

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Snoopy-themed hotel coming to Japan in August, comes with rooms in 18 different designs

Cuddle up in a cozy room full of beloved Peanuts characters and the world’s most adorable beagle.

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Drunken salaryman’s solution to barely missing the last train: Ride on the outside of it

Kobe police fail to appreciate the capacity-boosting innovation.

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Disaster video game series resurrected with support from the Kobe Fire Department

The Zettai Zetsumei Toshi disaster survival video game series has been revived, and will be more realistic than ever before.

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Kobe set to light up “World’s Number-One Christmas Tree” in all its confusing glory

It’s soon to be official, Kobe will win Christmas this year, and with it, all of Santa’s gold.

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Happy Halloween from Japan’s largest criminal organization!

Kobe-based yakuza group beckons trick-or-treating kids with cotton candy in Frozen bags at its criminal headquarters.

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Criminal discovered living in between arcade games in a Japanese amusement arcade

Thief managed to steal 1,230,000 yen (US$11,184) worth of stuff.

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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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Man wants to move out of his home, so takes off all clothes and walks through the neighborhood

WARNING: Trying to make sense of this man’s plot may cause headaches.

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Looking for a new New Balance? Try these rare “Nyu” handmade sneakers from Japan

I’m not sure how legal they are, but they’re pretty neat.

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All aboard the Kobe Disco Train! Runs from Tanigami to Okaba Station with a stop at Funkytown

If the name is any indication, the Kobe Disco Train promises to be a more uptempo and commercially viable version of a soul train.

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Japanese love hotel makes plans to apply for Guinness World Record

The reason for their entry will surprise you.

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Kobe police on the lookout for man blowing kisses in public

Police are advising not to approach the suspect who may also be capable of hurling complements or playing “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel from a distance.

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Seven injured at Kobe station as car speeds through intersection, mounts sidewalk

One man is arrested in relation to the incident that injured a number of pedestrians during one of Japan’s busiest holidays.

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Evangelion’s Gainax studio establishes new business… cultivating tomatoes

Legendary anime studio GAINAX, of Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, and Gurren Lagann fame, has entered the tomato business. 

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Japan Railways implements new innovation to make train tracks safer… for turtles?

Japan is already one of the safest countries in the world for humans, and now it seems it’s about to get a lot safer for turtles too…

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Red Bull kills Gundam as it dumps anime’s most famous mecha into Kobe’s harbor 【Video】

Most of the events and promotions organized by energy drink maker Red Bull are thoroughly in the “XTREME” category. As a matter of fact, sometimes the names of the events are so intense that we have only the vaguest idea of what happens in them, such as the Red Bull Rampage, Red Bull King of the Rock Tournament, and Red Bull Cape Fear.

However, Red Bull has a bit of a playful, silly side to it too, as shown in a contest it sponsors in which entrants launch their home-made flying machines from a pier and see who can travel the farthest distance before hitting the water. But even then, Red Bull can’t help but do things in the most XTREME way possible, and in the competition’s latest iteration, held in Japan, they killed giant anime robot Gundam.

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Japan’s biggest yakuza organization tweets to announce that Halloween is cancelled this year

Ah Halloween. After Christmas, it’s easily the best time of the year to be a kid. You get to dress up, scare people with your friends, and then best of all… go to your local organized crime branch to get a giant bag of candy.

Such has been the annual tradition on Halloween for children who visit the headquarters of the Japanese yakuza group Yamaguchi-gumi in Kobe. But this year, Halloween has had an “unfortunate accident” and been cancelled, meaning the mob will be handing out no candy.

Wait… what? Japanese mafia? Halloween candy? What do these things have in common? Read on to find out!

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