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March 10 was Sato Day in Japan, so here are five wonderful things about our own amazing Mr. Sato

There’s a lot to love, but here’s what we love the most.

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Mysterious salt cauldrons predict disasters at one of the “Three Great Miracles of Japan”

We travel off the beaten track to one of the most fascinating holy sites in the country.

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We visit a tsunami-ravaged region almost a decade after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Rather than forget the horrors of the disaster, this coastal town has set up daily reminders of the tsunami on the streets

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From beef bowl to beef pouch? Taste testing Yoshinoya’s instant gyudon packs

They supply the beef, you supply the bowl.
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Visiting Kyoto’s Pool of Blood — A ghost-hunting alternative to the city’s temples and shrines

Rumored to be haunted by multiple spirits and located near the grave of Emperor Saga.

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Edo Rice shows you what rice tasted like in the samurai era by continuing centuries of tradition

A Tokyo time trip for your taste buds.

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Bigger is definitely better with this monster cheeseburger in Yokohama

Get your hands on this beast of a burger!

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Mr. Sato tried an unbranded lunchbox meal courtesy of Muji, found it to be just plain delicious

Muji started selling lunchbox meals while we weren’t looking, so we sent our resident gourmand Mr. Sato off to try one.

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Japan’s drinkable potato chip system is here, and it made us feel like a fish【Photos】

No, not a pig, a fish.

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Japan has an awesome one-person bento box rice cooker, and here’s what we made with ours

Essentially a portable rice cooker, this amazing gadget revolutionizes lunch in the office.

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Japan now has drinkable gamer fuel gelatin, so let’s see if it can power us up【Taste test】

Game Booster promises to replenish energy for smartphone, PC, and console gamers.

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We visit the “Naples of Japan”, a secret destination tourists don’t know about yet

Enjoy the charm of a Mediterannean-style port town without leaving Japan

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Weird Japanese vending machine find: Roasted potatoes in both hot and cold varieties

A machine created to help locals with disabilities

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Our cat-loving reporter decided that this year, for Japan’s Cat Day, she’d become a jellicle cat

A makeup studio augmented all her feline facial features until she could pass for Bombalurina!

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Sakura isn’t cherry?!? Starbucks Japan release the Sakura Cherry Frappuccino, and we try it

Starbucks gives us a delicious reminder that sakura sweets are different from cherry ones.

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Eat like a treacherous samurai! Kyoto restaurant recreates a real-life warlord’s favorite food

Genuine samurai chow served in an actual samurai home.

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Japanese vending machines now have the strangest thing we never knew we needed: hot bottled water

We had our reasons to be suspicious, but it turns out this is a great idea.

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Skip Starbucks? A super-cheap, semi-secret alternative to a coffeehouse break in Tokyo

A private room all to yourself for hours on end, free Wi-Fi, unlimited drinks, and enough space to take a nap, all for less than five bucks.

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New sushi types: chocolate citrus yellowtail and cheddar cheese tempura. Crazy, or crazy good?

One of Japan’s favorite revolving sushi chains goes way outside the box, but has it gone too far?

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Our male otaku tries Japan’s anime heroine mascara, learns what it’s like to be shojo manga star

So that’s the reason that keeps happening in shojo anime and manga!

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