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Our Korean-Japanese reporter’s thoughts on people asking “Is Naomi Osaka really Japanese?”

P.K. Sanjun takes a look at some of the common criteria used to define what makes a person “Japanese,” and whether they’ll still be used in the future.

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From Tokyo to Tohoku for less than 25 bucks? Our epic Seishun 18 Ticket Japanese train voyage

Skip the Shinkansen and savor the journey with Japan’s ultra-affordable unlimited-use one-day rail passes.

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There’s a cool surprise waiting on the platform of Nakano Station, Tokyo’s other otaku paradise

Got some leftover change after a day of pop culture treasure-hunting? Then this JR station has a vending machine you’ll want to check out.

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This retro-cool Japanese sleeper train is now a super-cheap hostel right in downtown Tokyo

After carrying passengers to Hokkaido, the Hokutosei is now taking guests to slumberland with a great location and special beer.

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Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station’s west side: Quite possibly best spot in Japan for Pokémon GO

We can’t say definitively that it’s the best, but 12 shiny Eevees in three hours is hard to beat.

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Can these 500-yen (US$4.50) Daiso wigs make our 39-year-old writer look as fabulous as he feels?

There’s a party in these wigs and everyone’s invited.

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Let’s get some cash from Japan’s sexy anime men ATMs【Photos, video】

The Tokyo ATMs sound like the perfect cash dispensers for female otaku, so naturally we sent Mr. Sato to try them out.

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This is what Tokyo’s ultra-premium 12,960-yen (US$117) seaweed looks like

SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato continues to live the high life (sort of) as he pairs the most expensive nori he could find with the cheapest rice available.

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One of Japan’s dullest-looking restaurants actually has an awesome robot waiter【Videos】

Veteran employee has been quietly serving customers for decades.

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2,500 yen for Tokyo ramen? High-end noodles in the high-rent Ginza district are totally worth it

Mr. Sato once again fails to secure a cheap meal, continues to win at lunch thanks to two gourmet ingredients.

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Is it legal to wear a facekini on the streets of Tokyo? Mr. Sato asks Tokyo Metropolitan Police

Eye-catching, face-obscuring fashion from China protects your skin from harsh UV rays, makes you look like a crazed criminal.

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Taste-testing Japan’s extra-expensive handmade Kit Kat Moleson line

At 500 yen (US$4.50) a stick, these are no ordinary Kit Kats.

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These Pakistani students in Tokyo had never been to the beach, and that’s something we had to fix

We hit the coast with a group of international students for a day of sun, surf…and maybe romance?

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This restaurant’s US$0.45 sushi is an amazing way to expand your sushi horizons in Tokyo

More variety than we’d hoped for at far less than we’d ever expect to pay make this a great place to try types of sushi you’ve never had before.

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Stretching the limits of Japanese budget belts with the Easy Stretch Belt from the 100 yen store

Our in-house 100 yen store guru snaps up a deal that eliminates the need to keep his belt buckled, and keeps his finances as secure as his pants.

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The best way to drink Japanese sake? From an edible squid bottle!

After this taste test, you’ll never want to go back to using regular drinking vessels again.

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Mr. Sato tries to eat a cheap beef bowl, gets a massive, luxurious surprise in the process

Why could Mr. Sato possibly be freaking out over this delectable beef bowl?

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The beautiful cosplayers of summer Comiket 2018【Photos】

Soaring temperatures couldn’t stop these amazing cosplayers from shining brighter than the sizzling sun at this year’s premier otaku gathering.

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We taste-test 7-Eleven’s new fusion cuisine: the Cheese Dak-galbi Burrito!

Our Japanese language reporter bites off a hefty chunk of the convenience store’s take on Mexican-Korean cuisine so we can bring you a spicy review.

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The real star of Starbucks’ new Matcha S’more Frappuccino is its huge matcha powder boost

Starbucks amps up both the Japanese and American elements, and makes us fall in love with green tea Frappuccinos all over again.

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