Osaka

English-speaking-only bar opens in Osaka and Tokyo, yellow cards for those who don’t follow rules

Bar Sick! is only open to English speakers.

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The secret staff cafeteria at Osaka Airport that few people know about

Behind this door lies an oasis of cheap Japanese meals, if you know where to find it.

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Wagyu beef gacha vending machine dispenses meat at random in Japan

Like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you’re gonna get.

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Newly unveiled “horror room” in Osaka apartment promises a creepy day or night’s stay

The room makes for a perfect spooky Halloween backdrop, unless you’re one of those people that happens to find old-fashioned dolls soothing.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The End

All bad things must come to an end.

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Japanese vending machine is the first of its kind, operated by a local business

A fun and tasty way to support the local economy.

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Discount vending machine in Japan serves up Caramel Popcorn Soda

And we’re not sure how we feel about it.

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World’s first Takoyaki Guitar created in Japan, features a gas grill and octopus balls

The best-sounding takoyaki you’ll ever hear.

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Takoyaki…inarizushi? New fusion food boggles the mind in Japan

Japanese food breaks out of the mould for a new adventure in flavour.

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Japanese craft brewery and tech company to simulate making beer on Moon and Mars

Get ready for some out-of-this world beer.

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We roll the die on Japan’s new random-destination train tickets

How to buy a cheap ticket to…somewhere. 

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Ninja & Geisha capsule hotel: A very Japanese place to stay in Osaka

Sleep amongst lanterns, gods, and traditional motifs at the “very Japanese new sensation capsule hotel”.

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Japan’s random-destination roll-the-die train tickets: An amazingly cheap way to go…somewhere

Seven great destinations and a chance to save almost 150,000 yen if you’re especially lucky.

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Why is Osaka “the most livable city in Japan” according to a recent survey?

It’s a great place to live, but I wouldn’t want to visit there.

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Japanese city makes list of world’s top 10 most livable cities, but not one most people expected

If it’s not Tokyo, can you guess which city made the list?

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Nephew receives SD card after his uncle passes away, finds treasure trove of gems from the past

Over 16,000 newly discovered photos show the beauty and hardships of old Japan. 

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Is roughly half of Japan preconditioned to hate mint chocolate sweets?

Researcher thinks that the traditions of one Japan’s biggest foodie centers don’t mesh with the summertime sweets flavor.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way — Part 5: The second written test

Once written, twice shy.

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Solaniwa Onsen: Kansai’s largest hot spring theme park is also one of its most beautiful

Finally, a super hot spring facility that accepts people with tattoos…on one condition. 

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The smallest Family Mart in Japan closes down

Customers say sayonara to a convenience store icon at a very unusual location.

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