Niigata

Japan’s “station closest to the sea” lives up to its name【Photos】

”Blue ocean” is part of this station’s name, and they’re not kidding.

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Say hello to the Big Bomb Onigiri, a beast of a Japanese rice ball

Famous rice-producing region goes big with a huge offering to attract customers.

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The restaurant where one of Japan’s last samurai lords ate now has a café with really good cake

If Kawai Tsuginosuke were alive today, he’d probably order the Special Plate dessert too.

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This unstaffed Japanese train station is like a Ghibli anime come to life

Little-known gem has one of the most beautiful views in Japan.

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Is fancy drinkable yogurt better than regular yogurt for marinating chicken? 【Taste Test】

We use a super thick and delicious product from Niigata to see if it will make our chicken super juicy!

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Japanese school entrance ceremony held in the metaverse for over 3,000 new students

Metaversity?

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Is anime making otaku eat less rice? Government launches Girl Running Late with Rice Ball Project

Japan’s top rice-growing prefecture designs character, releases two videos in hope of changing anime breakfast trope.

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Boys’ love at the temple? Sensual ikemen art that raised eyebrows in Japan now set to be removed

Modern makeover at centuries-old temple comes to an end, but not for rumoured reasons.

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A visit to Japan’s mysterious Nose Hair Pond

No body shaming at this site of natural beauty.

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Japanese town will give you two million yen for having your third kid there in birth-boosting plan

And if you have another kid after that? Another two million yen.

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We dig into Japanese ice cream flavored with iron metal and are wowed by the result【Taste Test】

Unfortunately, this ice cream isn’t a replacement for your daily iron supplements, but it sure tastes good!

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Pathetically weak Magikarp shown love with Pokémon manhole covers in birthplace of koi culture

Central Japan gets its very first Pokéfuta.

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Japan’s one-person sandwich press, a “God item” for solo diners, sells out online

Perfectly grilled cheese sandwiches and dessert toasties are a cinch with this Japanese cooking gadget.

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Japanese city sends heartwarming care package to out-of-town students during coronavirus crisis

Young people well up with hometown pride and tears as mayor thanks them for staying away to protect their families.

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Our reporter tries amemonaka, the traditional sweet from Niigata Prefecture

This traditional confection is pretty to look at, but how’s the taste?

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Niigata student tricks woman out of 100,000 yen and two pairs of dirty underwear

Ah, the old dirty-underwear-wrap con. She should have seen it coming.

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Niigata brings back mysterious cat mask festival for the first time in almost 90 years

Geisha once cosplayed as white cats to revive a devastated Japanese town. 

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Beautiful art museum Shinkansen finally coming to Tokyo for a limited time this fall【Photos】

Whether you think of the Genbi as the world’s most beautiful built train or its fastest art gallery, it’s a rail experience like no other.

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Amazingly beautiful sake cups look like a starry night sky when liquid is poured into them

 

They’re perfect for an evening drink on the porch!

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Man Arrested For Modifying, Reselling Pokémon Games

Man is the first person to be arrested on this charge after laws against modding were revised in November

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