Former sake brewery in Japan gets a new life as…whatever the heck this is

Looking for a weird place to visit in Japan? This spot ticks all the boxes.

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Japanese gacha machine sells nostalgic super tiny books, and we tried it out

Read some tiny flashbacks from the Showa Era!

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What does Showa-era curry taste like? We try making some with an old-timey roux

Our Japanese-language reporter had no idea what to expect.

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Retro Japanese-style hotel room with kotatsu, free ice cream is both amazingly cool AND warm

Staff thoughtfully provides everything you need to never leave the warm Showa-style kotatsu paradise.

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Cup Noodle is taking us back to the Japan of the ‘80s and ‘90s with special ramen flavor revivals

Two beloved flavors from the Showa and Heisei periods make their triumphant return to the shelves!

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Bandai releases a retro item with zodiac signs in gachapon capsule toy form…but what is it?

This little device could almost always be found in cafés in Japan throughout the latter part of the Showa Period (1926-1989).

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Japanese elementary school “randoseru” bag brand creates Showa-inspired line for adults

A fashionable way to relive the good old Showa days.

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Street footage from Hollywood movie “Tokyo Joe” shows post-war Shibuya colourised by AI 【Video】

Originally used as the background for Humphrey Bogart’s close-up, these Japanese folks are now having their time in the spotlight.

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Mr. Sato vibe-checks a hidden retro café in the heart of Shibuya’s modern Miyashita Park 【Photos】

Is the appeal in that it’s retro or that it’s just hard to find?

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Time travelling online survey gets Japanese people nostalgic for their youth

“I’d go back in time and give my life a do-over,” one participant said.

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Abandoned subway station in Tokyo open to the public for a limited time!

Whether you like trains or really old buildings, you’ll want to check out this limited-time attraction in Tokyo.

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Retro Showa-era cafe in Tokyo features good food and nostalgic game fun【Photos】

Visit this tucked-away cafe in a popular sightseeing area to experience the atmosphere of a place where time has stood still

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The one-year countdown officially begins for the end of the Heisei Era

Japan has just one year left with Emperor Akihito before his son ushers in a new era.

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We go crazy for 500 yen all-you-can-eat sweets and snacks at Tokyo Dagashi Bar

If you ever wanted to step back in time to a nostalgic corner shop where just 500 yen (US$4.85) gets you over a hundred different types of signature Japanese snacks and candies, this place is definitely for you.

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Neat footage surfaces of life in small Hiroshima town circa the 1930s【Video】

The family of a Baptist missionary stationed in Japan in the 1930s sent DVDs of the Reverend’s home movies of the era to the Hiroshima town of Onomichi.

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They just don’t make Japanese food delivery people like they used to

Times always change. New things come and old things fade away. Depending on your age and location you may have some fond memory of milk being delivered by a horse-drawn carriage or going to a so-called “vi-dee-oh store” to rent a moving picture etched onto some weird magnetic tape or disc.

And some Japanese people may reminisce about the Showa period of Japan when food delivery men would ride around on bicycles carrying an absurd amount of food on a single shoulder.

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The detail on these Japanese dollhouses is amazing!

While dollhouses have been popular in Europe for centuries, they didn’t really develop a strong showing in Japan until the 1970s. However, since they’ve gained a foothold in Japanese society, they’ve gained popularity and a number of domestic craftsmen have appeared. One of the hottest dollhouse makers in Japan (a phrase we never thought we’d write) has gotten a lot of attention online due to the high quality of the miniatures–particularly the dollhouses based on Japanese buildings!

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Stinky train tracks, expensive imports and no weekends: netizens remember Showa-era Japan

The Showa period (1926-1989) was a time of immense change for Japan when the country went from being an imperial power to a poverty-stricken post-war nation and then becoming an economic powerhouse that dominated automotive and electronic industries around the world. Twenty-seven years since that era ended and the current Heisei era began, fond memories of “Showa Japan” still flood many Japanese minds.

But a recent online poll asked netizens to take off their rose-tinted glasses and consider the aspects of daily Showa-period life that, while seeming completely normal back then, would be unthinkable now. Join us after the jump for a look at the slightly grim feedback.

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Itadakimasu! A brief history of the evolution of Japanese school lunches

In the 22nd year of the Meiji era (aka 1889), the very first Japanese kyūshoku (school lunch) was served up at an elementary school in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture. Although the first menu was very simply prepared, it provided the growing children with an important source of nourishment that not all of them could receive at home.

Fast-forward to 2015–Japanese schoolchildren (and their teachers!) continue to eat school lunches every day, as opposed to children in many other countries who bring their lunches from home. If you’re working in a Japanese school, you should already be familiar with the daily feeling of either excitement or disappointment when you see the lunch menu for the day. But just consider this–would you rather eat the types of lunches served today, or those that were served 100 years ago? Read on to learn about the evolution of Japanese school lunches and decide for yourself!

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‘Smell my spit!’ and other Japanese teachers’ corporal punishments

It goes without saying that corporal punishment is unforgivable. At least that’s the mode of thinking these days (and boy are we glad for it), but it wasn’t always the case. In the Showa Period (1926 to 1989), it was incredibly common in elementary, middle, and high schools. In fact, it was so common that it seemed almost inconceivable for a school not to have corporal punishment.

Still, we wondered what it was really like, so the prestigious RocketNews24 Japan team took a survey to find out what sorts of punishments were common in the Showa Period. Read More