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Japanese student creates Traditional Japan Bicycle, brings new life to centuries-old craft

Lattice work seen in tea ceremony rooms finally gets to see the city streets.

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Do you need to apologize when using a credit card in Japan?

Online commenters have a strong reaction to textbook’s advice, but there might be another angle to consider.

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Centuries-old Japanese store revolutionises the fragrance world with new incense cord

Tie a bow around gifts and envelopes with a wonderfully fragrant incense ribbon.

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What it’s like to eat a super expensive Japanese strawberry【Taste Test】

Luxury Japanese fruit meets the mouth of Mr Sato.

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Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country

There’s one place in particular where Japanese people aren’t just not polite, they’re downright rude.

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Nintendo Tokyo, Nintendo’s first ever dedicated shop in Japan, opens–here’s the awesome merch!

A massive photo safari of the treasure trove of amazing stuff waiting at Nintendo’s brand-new Shibuya destination store!

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We preview Japan’s first-ever Nintendo Tokyo, Capcom Store and Shibuya Pokémon Centre megastore

Mr. Sato takes us on a tour of Cyberspace Shibuya inside Parco ahead of its grand opening. 

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New sakura cherry blossom viewing sheets bring old-school beauty to hanami picnics

Waterproof foldable tatami mats are set to revolutionise the way we view cherry blossoms.

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Nintendo announces grand opening date for new official shop in Tokyo, shows off exclusive merch

Japan’s first-ever official Nintendo store is almost here, but you can start putting together your shopping list right now.

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Lost something on a Japanese train? Look for it at the railway’s lost-and-found market

Unclaimed items from the lost-and-found are sold to the public at these special markets.

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Can this cushion really protect an egg from being sat on? How about a few punches?

Our writer Tasuku Egawa risks his pants to determine if “as seen on TV” is “as seen in reality.”

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Starbucks Hong Kong adds new bunny mugs and cups to its mid-autumn drinkware range

September is the month to celebrate the rabbit on the moon. 

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Starbucks turns its milk packs into notebooks with popular Japanese stationery brand

Global coffeehouse chain sets out on a sustainable journey in Japan. 

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Let’s try out some paper “underwear for a travel” from the 100-yen store!

Go Hattori tastes the forbidden fruit of Japan’s rock-bottom-priced goods.

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Go Hatori turns his small Japanese apartment into a batting cage for only 500 yen

No foul play with this DIY experiment, just cheap fun.

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Japanese online fashion retailer Zozotown develops foot-scanning tech for perfect-fitting shoes

But can they get it right this time?

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Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirts sell out in Japan, customers swoon over gorgeous designs in real life

Pikachu even made an appearance in-store in Japan for the long-awaited release!

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Ikea makes tiny blue tote bags for storage, but in Japan they’re used for anime figurines

Ikea’s iconic blue bag becomes the hip new accessory for all comic-book character figurines this season.

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Gwyneth Paltrow visits Japan, dines on sushi and soba as Goop beauty brand debuts in Tokyo

New Goop pop-up shop and cafe opens in Tokyo for a limited time.

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Japanese convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate

Soon, some shoppers will be expected to say “Excuse me, but please charge me more.”

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