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Photos of Complete Strangers: Japan’s newt strange, and strangely compelling, capsule toys【Pics】

Unusual concept is a hit, with a second line on the way.

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Ghibli now lets you give your mom a Totoro-style Mother’s Day present with the Corn Gift Set【Pics】

You can give gifts like Mei this May.

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Tokyo bento shop giving away 2,205 pounds of free food to help negi farmers

Kitchen Dive continues to be the most generous bento boxed lunch shop in Japan.

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Japanese gyaru-turned-mom is more concerned with making her son a gentleman than a scholar

Teen shares three rules his mom raised him with, and “Go study!” wasn’t one of them.

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Japanese company offers service that converts your child’s school bag into useful accessories

Six years of memories shouldn’t just be tossed away!

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Former Uniqlo employee starts clothing alterations service for people with disabilities

No more settling for whatever clothes you can put on…now you can wear whatever clothes you like!

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Flip phone graduation ceremony — A surprisingly emotional look back at life in 3G-era Japan【Vid】

With the first phase of Japan’s 3G network shutdown starting this month, phone provider takes a moment to remember how it changed communication culture.

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This is chalk?!? Yep, and it’s a touching Pokémon goodbye from a Japanese teacher to his students

Teacher bookends three years with his class with two stunning pieces of chalkboard art.

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Someone secretly left a beautiful, touching present for Totoro at Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum【Photos】

And the wrapping makes it extra special.

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Bandai is raising all full-time employees’ salaries by roughly 30 percent

Giant robot toymaker gives workers giant raises to boost motivation, with one possible catch.

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Rakuten CEO donates one billion yen to Ukrainian humanitarian relief

Says that “the trampling of a peaceful and democratic Ukraine by unjustified force is a challenge to democracy.”

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Japanese expat remembers the words that changed his life when he started working in Australia

Having never left Japan before, he was worried his English wasn’t good enough, but a coworker knew just what to say.

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Japanese snack maker apologizes for commotion caused by 1.7-cent price increase

Tiny Umaibo difference is big news in the Japanese snack world.

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Japan’s great at imitations, Japanese man hears U.S. coworkers say, then decides to hear them out

It sounded like stereotyping he’d heard before, but it turns out there was a twist ending.

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What happens when a middle-aged man does pole dancing regularly for five years in a row?

Mr. Sato shares an important lesson he learned about age and personal resolutions.

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The leaves aren’t the only things changing in this beautiful series of photos from Nagano

Family photos show the cycle of the seasons and a new beginning.

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Japanese mom at seaside hospital with no visiting hours gets a beautiful get-well message

We need tissues, stat.

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Japanese Twitter user gets heartwarming surprise from true ally when he starts his tax paperwork

Though maybe he should have seen this coming.

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One Piece anime recreates original opening, brings back “We Are” theme for Episode 1,000【Video】

We are overwhelmed with nostalgia.

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Japanese bag maker creates demon-slaying bag based on five-year-old’s sketch

No more demons are getting past this kid.

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