Saitama

Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators, prohibit walking up and down

Although walking is common practice, support for banning it is strong online.

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Councilman Super Crazy Kun begins work, but considerably less crazy looking

You don’t have to be super crazy to serve on the city council, but it helps.

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Super Crazy Kun wins seat in Toda City Council election

And what a long super-crazy ride it’s been.

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Saitama city decides to build first new cinema complex in almost 30 years

It will hopefully see some use when it’s finished in 2022.

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Which Japanese city is gaining interest among families and renters? Hint: it’s not in Tokyo

A breakdown of search result data by one Japanese apartment hunting company reveals a big surprise.

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Japanese police hide at shrine in camo gear to catch a thief…who stole six bucks 【Video】

Elaborate sting operation lasts over four hours, ends with an officer tripping over and another one appearing from the bushes in a full-on Ghillie suit.

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Japanese museum to hold “wonder” exhibit packed with marvelous curiosities from nature

Come to the Kadokawa Culture Museum to witness wonders like this guy’s big, blue face!

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Japan’s all-anime-themed hotel previews rooms, is ready to welcome guests

Five popular franchises are the first batch of tie-ups at the Tokorozawa Sakura Town hotel.

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Our investigative report on a weird field in Japan that cuts into a supermarket

Rumors are flying around the web that the weird layout is due to land disputes or financial drama, but we went to Saitama to get the real scoop.

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All-anime-themed hotel opening in Japan’s Tokorozawa Sakura Town【Photos】

A new place to stay not far from the real-world inspiration for the setting of My Neighbor Totoro.

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All of Tokyo’s neighbors are telling people to stay out of the city this weekend

Japan’s second largest city also tells people to stay in their homes during the period.

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Japanese convenience store overtaken by nature and vending machines, looks like a Ghibli movie

Street-corner shambles holds a magical allure

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Black rain falls over parts of Saitama Prefecture

This is fine. Everything’s fine.

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Family of four arrested for six-month spate of burglaries in Saitama Prefecture

The family that steals together stays together…until they have to go to separate men’s and women’s prisons of course.

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Saitama senior arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain

A one-week reign of touch-tone terror consisting of 411 calls led to the arrest.

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American English teacher fired from Japanese high school after exposing genitals

ALT acted inappropriately with students on at least three different occasions.

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Japanese Internet thanks the “Underground Temple” that siphoned off Typhoon Hagibis’ torrent

Users rush to post and gush over photos of the waterlogged caverns beneath Japan’s Metropolitan Area.

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This beautiful Starbucks just outside Tokyo has an aural connection to Japan’s samurai past【Pics】

Your eyes will love the traditional Japanese garden, but keep your ears open for a sound that’s been marking life in this town for centuries.

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Ramen restaurant in Japan sells one-of-a-kind extra: handshakes with the owner/chef!

Noodle joint takes a page from the idol singer industry.

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Intoxicated Saitama man hides mysterious paper in a tree, Mr. Sato investigates

Our fearless reporter risks getting accosted up by a drunkard to uncover the truth.

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