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2018 Top 20 Day Trip Onsen Hot Spring and Spa Ranking in Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without a dip in one of the country’s quintessential hot springs.

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Scandals and weird statues dominate the Japan Buzzword Awards for 2018

Annual ranking takes a look back at the things the Internet was discussing the most in Japan this year.

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10 best rest stops in Japan ranked by customer satisfaction for 2018

Seems the people of Japan are listening to their stomachs when choosing the best of the nation’s roadside attractions.

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We taste makunouchi bento at four Japanese convenience store chains【Taste comparison】

Our reporter shares which version of this classic style of bento (all for 430 yen/US$3.83 or under) overwhelmingly stole his heart and stomach.

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What time appears most in Japanese and English song lyrics?

Seven p.m.? Eight in the morning? What time of day inspires the most crooning?

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Japanese net users react to the results of the 2018 Global Liveability Index

Two Japanese cities made this year’s list of the Top Ten Most Liveable Cities in the World.

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Yo-Kai What? Monsters of all kinds plummet from children’s favorite character rankings

Conservative trends rule this year as kids are largely sticking with what they know.

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Cup Noodle Championship: Which convenience store tantanmen is the most delicious?

Meg ranks four new broth-less, Szechuan-style cup noodle bowls to find out which ones will have the best taste of China.

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10 stalled Japanese game franchises that deserve a sequel, according to gamers

There are a lot of oldies but goodies on here!

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Ultimate Gundam ranking being held nationwide including all series and movies, voting on now!

It’s time to stand up and be counted, and help choose the coolest stuff to ever come out of the entire 40-year universe of Gundam.

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Survey picks the eight best Tokyo-area neighborhoods to live in, and number one isn’t in Tokyo

Tokyo’s much-ballyhooed Kichijoji only makes it to number-three, while an outsider with easy access to Tokyo takes the top spot.

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UNICEF: Japan safest country to have a baby

Although it includes high praise for Japan, the entire UNICEF survey is a sobering report.

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Japanese netizens rank the top 10 most memorable Final Fantasy bosses

Which bosses over the years left the biggest impression on Japanese Final Fantasy fans?

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What is Japan’s most used on-demand video streaming service?

In the relatively new market of video services in Japan, one clearly stands above the rest. But you might be surprised what it is.

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Japanese netizens rank the top 10 iconic characters that represent Japan

You bet your bottom dollar Pikachu is going to be on the list…but how high?

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Top 10 manga series with titles that make absolutely no sense at all

Turns out a good way of getting people to buy your manga is by confusing them.

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Esteemed Japanese sushi chain ranks the top 15 most popular sushi toppings among customers

Find out whether your favorite made it into the list!

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Five of the worst areas to live in and around Tokyo

While they might look appealing to visitors, according to residents, these suburbs can be hell to live in.

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Online poll ranks JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures most bizarre sound effects

You don’t even need to be a fan of the series to appreciate sound effects like “ZUBIZUBAAH!” and “TACOS!”

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Top 10 Japanese school lunch food items that adults miss the most

From coffee-flavored milk to frozen mandarins, these old school favorites whisk Japanese adults back to simpler times.

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