samurai

Japan’s smallest Toshogu Shrine: A tiny wonder with a big samurai connection

An ancient palace still wields its magic in a residential backstreet hidden from tourists.

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Shogun Coffee Soft Serve is a divine ice cream for modern-day samurai in Japan

Saza Coffee captures the essence of traditional Japan in a sweet dessert.

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Open-air public toilet at Sensoji temple in Tokyo is waiting to be discovered by foreign tourists

Famous Asakusa tourist site has a very public place to pee…for those who know where to find it.

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Kusaki Marino: A Japanese family restaurant where you bow your head and enter like a samurai

Through a tiny door, no less.

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History’s largest force of Samurai Colonel Sanders deploying to KFC Japan branches

KFC celebrates 40 years of celebrating Children’s Day.

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Fight like a ninja in a samurai town, with sword-fighting experience at Kyoto Toei movie studio park

Learn Japanese katana techniques from movie actors and film your own sword-fight in an Edo setting. 

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Sengoku samurai warlords transform into easy-to-brew, fruity flavored tea tablets

A new line of tea tablets uses the family crests of six famous samurai clans from Japan’s Sengoku era along with uniquely selected flavors for each.

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Samurai armour bandage underpants let you channel the soul of a Sengoku warlord

Warrior underwear loved by Robert De Niro, Billy Joel, and Madonna’s dancers are now available to purchase.

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Samurai Ninja Museum Tokyo With Experience is true to its name, lets you slice with real katana

Hands-on history in Tokyo’s most historical neighborhood.

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Wear samurai armor while playing video games? That’s an option at this Japanese inn【Video】

Hokkaido ryokan lets you suit up in lamellar to play Dance Dance Revolution and Out Run.

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Remembering the Great White Butt of Japan’s early Edo period

A tale of butts and death.

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Visiting Kunozan Toshogu, the shrine where the first lord of Japan’s last shogunate was buried

The site of Ieyasu’s grave also has an amazing hidden-gem museum that far too many visitors skip.

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Samurai Colonel Sanders is coming to KFC stores around Japan

‘Tis the season for warrior chicken.

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Shogun sweets? Trees said to be planted by first Tokugawa shogun still bear fruit used for sweets

Taste-testing Ieyasu Mikan desserts.

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Samurai armor and mini katana tableware is here to keep your bottles safe and your food stabbed

Your drinks will always be protected from now on.

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Garbage-collecting samurai keep Japanese streets clean, but what’s their real story?

We sit down with the environmentally conscious Gomihiroi Samurai to find out what they’re really about. 

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Samurai chick pudding cake is Japan’s newest hard-to-buy, delicious-to-eat treat【Taste test】

Yeah, Tokugawa Ieyasu was a great shogun and all, but we’re here to see (and eat) Tokugawa Piyoyasu.

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“Get them drunk then chop off their heads.” Samurai’s assassination plot against U.S. envoys found

Alternate plan was to just burn them alive.

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Want to become a swordsmith? Apprenticeship opens in Japan, but the fine print might shock you

Katana-making apprenticeship sparks debate on controversial conditions. 

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The restaurant where one of Japan’s last samurai lords ate now has a café with really good cake

If Kawai Tsuginosuke were alive today, he’d probably order the Special Plate dessert too.

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