tradition

Shinjuku Station’s new mascot character gets lost at the station, in more ways than one

Cute character flies under the radar, but there’s a special prize for those who can hunt it down!

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There’s a secret free souvenir hiding inside this Japanese train station

A limited-time memento that pays homage to a local folklore legend.

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Muji adds Japanese haori samurai coats to their casual wear collection

Perfect for modern-day warriors.

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China’s “Little Kyoto” shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture “invasion”

The future of the newly opened Japan-themed complex now remains unclear. 

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346-year-old sweets store closes at Sensoji temple in Asakusa

Family pulls the final shutter down on one of the oldest Japanese sweets stores in the country.

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Traditional Japanese ceramics given new life in AR, delivered straight to your web browser for free

Add a touch of class to your home or video game.

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What it’s like to get a haircut at Japan’s oldest barber shop

Styling tips from fifth-generation owner of a business that began before samurai were allowed to cut their top-knots.

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High school students rapidly losing interest in sumo teams because too “painful,” “scary,” and “naked”

Those three words sound like a good time to me, but I guess I’m the weird one…

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Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries

We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke.

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Goodbye katanuki? Japanese festival game may go extinct thanks to the pandemic

The only makers of katanuki pieces may have to close their doors forever if the pandemic continues much longer.

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Date of Japanese holiday Setsubun changes to 2 February for first time in 124 years

Don’t shove sushi in your friends’ mouths on the wrong day. That would be awkward.

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A Japanese vending machine perfect for samurai

If vending machines existed in the Edo Period, they would’ve looked like this. 

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Japanese water purification ritual at shrines under threat due to the pandemic

Shrine enthusiasts come up with a clever solution to help preserve an important tradition.

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NPB player sparks controversy by not letting a retiring pitcher strike him out

A touching tribute to a player’s career or insult to the sport?

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Kyoto’s annual giant mountain bonfire displays drastically reduced in 2020

Gozan no Okuribi organizers strike a balance between tradition and safety.

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Sensoji temple at Asakusa gets a new giant lantern

While we were all social distancing, Tokyo’s most famous temple got a facelift.

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Okinawan man arrested for buying cigarettes with currency of the dead

Poor exchange rate with the metaphysical plane was not enough to cover his pack of smokes.

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Man sees figure clinging to bus on highway in Japan, immediately calls police 【Video】

The vehicle was spotted travelling at speed and showed no signs of slowing down. 

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Dodge the biggest problem of giving yourself a kanji name with these for-foreigner personal seals

Get a stamp of approval with your own Japanese personal seal complete with your Japanese kanji name.

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Japanese festival float slams full-speed into power pole at Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka 【Videos】

Festival-goers sustain injuries, suffer broken bones at one of the most dangerous festivals in Japan.

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