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Crazy clothes, car accidents, and bungie jumping: The 2016 “Coming of Age Day” round-up

Coming of Age day is a huge deal for young adults in Japan, which means insane clothes, cars, and…bungie jumping?

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Warning: do not play Taiko no Tatsujin with Star Wars’ Kylo Ren【Pics】

Even if you haven’t caught Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, you’ve probably heard about Commander of the First Order Kylo Ren. And his temper…

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Elderly patients in Shanghai hospital treated to a saucy dance to ring in the new year

Morning, Roy, how are you feeling today? We’ve got some entertainment lined up for you tonight: first there’ll be bingo in the lounge, then some pretty girls are coming in to do a sexy dance…

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Cosplaying beauties, knights, and sextuplets brave the cold on Comiket 89’s opening day【Photos】

Comiket 89 is now underway at Tokyo Big Sight from December 29-31. Check out our photo montage of the best cosplays from Tuesday’s opening day!

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Photos of costumed cyclists at start of race leave Twitter users laughing, scratching their heads

A Le Mans-style start in cosplay seems like the perfect way to begin a bicycle race!

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Japanese Twitter is trying to find the best hamster in an all-hamster tournament【Pics】

It really is the year of the hamster in Japan, as pet owners vie for top spot in a Hamster Championship Series on Twitter.

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Capybara across Japan ward off the sniffles by bathing with yuzu, delivering big dose of adorable

Adorable photos of capybara bathing with yuzu deliver the dose of cute that is just what the doctor ordered!

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Quiz time! How many of these photos of Japanese places can you identify?【Photos】

How well do you know Japanese travel destinations? Test your knowledge and see how many of these locations around Japan you can identify from photos alone!

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Can you guess what type of seafood pugs look like?

The likeness is astounding.

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Machida Squirrel Garden: Tokyo’s tiny zoo for equally tiny critters【Photos】

A whole zoo devoted to the common squirrel? Of course—it’s Japan!

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Dress like an aristocrat from the Nara period at new costume rental shop in Nara【Photos】

We sent our reporter to a shop in Nara where you can dress as a noble from the Nara period (AD 710-794) and even stroll around town in your costume!

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2015: The year Japan fell in love with the hamster 【Photos】

We take a look back at some of the cute hamsters who stole our hearts this year in this adorable photo collection.

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Unforgettable photos from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Under the South Pacific sun on December 7, 1941, troops serving the US fleet at Pearl Harbor began a calm Sunday morning unaware that Japanese bombers were headed toward America’s most important Pacific base.

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Astronaut Kimiya Yui’s photos tweeted from the International Space Station are simply stunning

Kimya Yui’s photographs are out of this world, in more ways than one!

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Japanese photographer captures cats at their most athletic, adorable, and synchronized moments

Split-second timing leads to amazing results when photographing the alley cats of Japan.

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Tokyo looks eerily awesome in the fog 【Photos】

Or should that be awesomely eerie?

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We try coffee with cheese and wine pairings at a stylish new Starbucks cafe in Tokyo

In Tokyo, there’s a very special type of Starbucks that forgoes the usual green-and-white mermaid logo for more subdued, warm-brown hues. They also serve a variety of beers and wine sets paired with cheese or cake.

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Japanese man shares photo of near-perfect ‘poop emoji’ in hand cream, Twitter goes nuts

When Japanese Twitter user @nasuiro posted this picture of a blob of hand cream last week, he probably had no idea that it would end up being retweeted over 41,000 times

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People in Japan are obsessed with a French holiday where you celebrate by bathing in a pool of wine

While the French still produce and consume the most wine per capita, Japan is continuing to grow as one of the biggest wine markets in the world — and they’re not afraid to show their passion for the beverage.

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Real-world Russia is a surprisingly awesome backdrop for anime girl Photoshop fan art【Photos】

If anime girls suddenly started appearing in reality, you’d probably expect them to first show up in Japan, right? But as this collection of fan art photo edits proves, they look equally at home in Russia, Portugal, and other parts of Europe.

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