Osaka

Japan’s first dedicated e-sports hotel to open this spring with three full floors of gaming gear

A place for digital competitors to stay in the birthplace of the Japanese fighting game community.

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Eye-opening shots of compliments served up at Homeru Bar, a much needed service in Japan

Sometimes a compliment can be the first step to changing someone’s life.

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Want to boost your ego? Head to the new Homeru “Praise” Bar in Osaka

Good-looking staff promise to identify your good points and shower you with compliments as you unwind after a long day. 

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Tokyo is the safest city in the world, according to new study from the Economist

One other Japanese metropolis finishes in the top three.

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Single “haunted taxi” cruising the streets of Osaka until the end of August

It’s like a haunted house on wheels, except you can’t choose when to ride the ESP Taxi. It chooses you.

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Hong Kong counter-protesters gather to sing Chinese national anthem on streets of Osaka, Japan

Videos show dozens-strong assembly in middle of downtown shopping district.

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Cool cat cafe designed like a Japanese public bath lets you chill out with rescue cats

Take a dip in a cozy room full of warm and affectionate felines.

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Japan’s third-largest city turns into a ghost town as G20 summit rolls into town【Photos, videos】

Osaka expressway emptied as world leaders gather in the city of millions.

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Depopulation in Japan leads company to renovate two apartments into one huge living space

Innovative new renovation style creates the most spacious apartments Japan has ever seen. 

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Long awaited Pokémon Cafe finally opening in Kansai, plus new Osaka Pokémon Center DX

Now Osaka is getting a literal piece of the Pokémon pie!

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Travel to Kyoto on the Kyotrain: A Japanese train with interiors like a traditional Kyoto house

With tatami mats, noren curtains and a zen garden, this is one of the most stunning and affordable ways to travel in Japan. 

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Train station in Osaka plays “most disturbing sound in human history” to announce arrivals

JR Tennoji Station musically invites you to board one of their trains bound for the…ChAOs ReAlM‽

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The most vandalised vending machines in Japan? We check out a grungy duo at America Village

This pair turns heads on the street, but do they even work?

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Osaka teens tie rope across road for fun, get charged with attempted murder

Come to think of it, maybe kids actually should stay indoors and online all day.

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Man jumps off bridge in Osaka to celebrate Heisei era’s end, hits something other than water【Vid】

”Heisei, thank you…” SPLAT.

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Daddy day care center with beer opens in Japan

Urban oasis offers a place where tired dads can knock back a cold one and take a nap.

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Ripple glassware from Japan makes you feel like you’re eating on water

This delicate glassware combines traditional glass-blowing techniques with the latest in 3-D modeling technology.

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Brand-new Gundam Cafe, biggest branch yet, to open in Osaka this month

Anime eatery’s first branch in central Japan offers exclusive food and merch for mecha fans.

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Osaka pickup artist arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman he got drunk for lesson

Student and teacher arrested following nightclub training session.

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This beautiful video displays two very different sides of Japan【Video】

Japan’s diversity of culture and landscape is encapsulated in just three minutes.

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