Wakayama

One thing you should be careful of when visiting Japan’s Laputa Island

A trip to this remote destination ends up mimicking the Studio Ghibli anime film it’s named after.

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Cat becomes head priest at Japanese shrine

Feline stationmaster takes on a new role at a special ceremony.

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Real Buddhist monk shows off hot (and sweet) EDM dance moves in Mount Koya video

To make matters stranger, the video is part of a promotional tie-in with a popular candy company designed to cheer on a certain group of students.

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Mikan Gohan: Japanese soul food or…Japanese myth?

An odd local specialty that’s surprised the nation. 

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Wakayama man stealing uniform from school caught by mysterious man in restroom in middle of night

There’s a very thin line between lurking and guarding.

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The case of Hyde’s stolen hydrangea in Wakayama City

On the bright side, he could probably write a song about this.

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Refresh your mind, body, and soul at Temple Camp Daitaiji, the first temple to open to campers

Enjoy nature and experience Buddhist traditions, all in one.

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Wakayama high school students make life-sized DeLorean time machine replica from scratch

Roads? Where this car is going, they don’t need roads…

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We tried cocoa soy-sauce paste and opened up a whole new world of possibilities【Taste test】

You might not like it right away, but you’ll definitely be hooked.

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Welcome to Inami Station, where these adorable frogs keep you company as you wait for your train

Once again, the reason for cute and quirky stuff in Japan is a pun.

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Elderly Wakayama woman arrested for hacking her local supermarket’s self-checkout

Senior turned to computer fraud to get a discount on her eggs.

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Breathtaking real-world Secret of Mana Pure Lands found, then lost, in Japan【Photos】

Photographer was in the right place at the right time, because now he can’t go back.

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Spending for pickled umeboshi among young Japanese people is halved from 20 years ago

A traditional food is taking a hit among the younger generations in Japan. 

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This beautiful video displays two very different sides of Japan【Video】

Japan’s diversity of culture and landscape is encapsulated in just three minutes.

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Wakayama cop loses fully-loaded automatic handgun on the street while guarding PM

We all have our bad days at work, some worse than others.

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Buddhist priest at Japanese temple lodging goes viral for rude responses to tourist’s bad reviews

Many people are siding with the Mt Koya priest, who said he was frustrated by tourists who post “arrogant responses like they’re some travel pioneer”.

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Wakayama’s “Umi no Sachi” train line adds a colorful splash to the start of summer

Let a ride on the “Medetai Train”–“Joyous Train”–lift your spirits as we soar into summer!

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Wakayama man tries to woo woman by cutting her brakes

Sure, we all know that deceit and sabotage are the fastest ways to a woman’s heart, but this was over the line.

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TV program claims Japanese temple banned cats for being too cute, Japan nods in agreement

But some sources show the report is only half-right.

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Traditional craftsmen create smartphone case fit for a legendary samurai warrior

It’s a modern-day sheath made in honour of the samurai known as the “Crimson Demon of War”.

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