Saitama

We visit Tokyo Station…outside of Tokyo

Travel off the beaten track to the capital’s little-known lookalike station.

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Turn unwanted fat into next month’s rent at new exercise-themed sharehouse in Saitama

Gran Toda’s “Fat Purchasing Campaign” is certainly one of the best incentives to finally get into shape.
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Long-awaited Moomin theme park in Japan finally announces its planned grand opening

The much-anticipated park will resemble the original park in Finland and allow guests to explore the world of the beloved characters.

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Why are people in their 20s moving outside of Tokyo to Yokohama and other areas?

Expert dishes on important factors that are leading young people to shun living in certain areas of the capital in favor of other suburban centers. 

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Starbucks opens up new coffeehouse in traditional Japanese building near Tokyo

Now you can enjoy your coffee with a side of Edo-style charm in this old castle town.

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“Grilled corn” and “gyoza” flavored shaved ice sold at Saitama cafe

This certainly doesn’t help the stereotype that Japan will put corn on top of anything.

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Move over revolving sushi – Japanese cafe floats desserts to you on a beautiful river counter!

Eatery delivers sweets, drinks with the elegant cooperation of flowing water.

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Penguin that fell in love with cardboard cutout anime girl now has his own drink for sale at zoo

Does it taste as bittersweet as unrequited love?

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Japanese zoo penguin falls in love with cutout of cute anime penguin girl

Humans aren’t the only ones who can have affections for 2-D characters.

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Which Japanese prefecture buys the most leopard print clothes?

The answer is o-oh my god, not Osaka?!

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Japan elects its first openly transgender man to public office

25-year-old politician draws on his own experiences of isolation during campaign.

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Osaka man arrested for throwing dozens of cockroaches around at anime music event

Suspect of the “cockroach incident” fully admits to the charges.

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Jaw-dropping Japanese “sea of clouds” is a great reason to visit Tokyo’s northern neighbor

Just a few hours outside of Tokyo, but visually worlds away.

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Japanese high schooler awarded by police chief for cleaning up litter on city street on her own

She alone collected 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of garbage!

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This year’s contest to choose Japan’s greatest mascot attracting some shady characters

Call me old fashioned but I remember when mascots were meant to be cute, not demons spawned by human weakness or yam ninjas.

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Dragon Quest celebrates anniversary with enormous rice paddy art in Gyoda, Japan【Video】

The Guinness World record-holding game joins up with the Guinness World record-holding rice paddy to create a Dragon Quest artwork on a massive scale.

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Mass stabbing in Japan leaves 19 dead and dozens injured

According to local media reports, the incident is one of Japan’s worst massacres since WWII.

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Japan’s most sensitive bikers busted for Valentine’s Day rowdiness

Gather around and listen to the tale of Discreet Relationship; the most gosh darn precious biker gang Japan has ever seen.

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Angry customer smashes pachinko machines with hammer 【Video】

Videos have emerged of a man smashing pachinko machines with a hammer before being arrested by police.

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Japanese city’s promotional animation is an emotional roller coaster like no other 【Video】

This flipbook animation will have your heart doing flips right along with it.

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