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Why do seats at some Japanese station platforms face away from the trains?

Unusual design in Kansai is a clever example of thoughtful customer service, designed specifically with the user in mind.

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How well do you know your sushi? New 3-D puzzle toy from Japan helps you become a salmon pro

Live out your dreams of becoming a Japanese sushi chef with this fun educational toy. 

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Sushi birthday cake turns out to be the best present our reporter could’ve ever asked for

With this “jewellery box of the sea”, birthday dinner and dessert is sorted in one meal.

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UX at Japanese convenience store is a heartwarming example of excellent customer service

A simple design makes daily life so much easier for customers.

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Black Thunder becomes an epic chocolate dessert at Japanese cafe chain

Tiny chocolate gets a massive overhaul, thanks to the chain known for huge desserts.

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Why are the roads so wide in Hokkaido? Simple question has a simple answer

Local resident reveals the real reason why their roads are wider than other parts of Japan.

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Mysterious mountain village is home to Christ’s grave and an ancient pyramid

With local customs linked to Judea, this is a very unusual Japanese community.

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Man arrested for trying to kill a convenience store owner over a cup of coffee

Latte triggers a series of events that results in attempted murder.

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Japanese monaka ice cream looks very different in Hokkaido

Does the corniest ice cream on the market really capture the taste of the region?

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Castella cake ice cream debuts in Japan, and it’s one of the strangest things we’ve ever tasted

One of Japan’s most famous cakes sashays into the freezer section and messes with our minds.

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Golden Japanese toilet appears at “multi-millionaire” izakaya in Tokyo

Everything in this restaurant is covered in gold.

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Japanese vending machine mecca: Around 100 rare retro machines await you at this unusual location

Step back in time with old-school vending machines that dispense unique products in retro packaging.

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Flush your prayers down the toilet at this unique Japanese temple

A new way to pray at the porcelain altar.

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Holy noodles! Japanese restaurant serves up some very unusual udon

Food for thought, in more ways than one.

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Weiner Onigiri: Japanese convenience store rice ball has a surprise in store for Mr Sato

Celebration sausage opens our mouth to a new way of eating. 

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Japan’s only blue old-school post box: Where is it and why is it there?

A humble mailbox with a roundabout connection to ’90s J-Pop idol group Mi-Ke.

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Famima Laundry: Japanese convenience store adds laundromat to store in Tokyo

Welcome to the Famima laundromat!

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Travel off the beaten path in Japan, to the point where three prefectures meet

Visit this unusual site and you can say you’ve been to three prefectures in a day.

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In search of Japan’s biggest tanuki, we stumble across something equally big

Japanese raccoon dogs are known for their large…ahem, appendages. But which one is the largest of them all?

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We try roasted sweet potatoes from a Japanese vending machine

This unusual machine sells hot potatoes and cold potatoes, but are they any good?

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