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Matcha green tea cricket protein bars appear in Japan, and we’ve eaten them【Taste test】

Japan’s quest to add matcha flavor to everything it can goes to a strange new place.

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J-rock legend Gackt says he only eats the fish part of his sushi, never touches the rice

Musician’s rule against eating rice means half of the sushi he orders gets thrown away.

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You can now wear the birthplace of Japanese tentacle porn on your feet with Shunga Sneakers

Famous woodblock print from master painter Hokusai adapted to sneakers that leave the naughty bits to your vivid imagination.

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Japan now has a traffic safety video for cats to watch to help keep them safe on the streets

Animal psychologists from Kyoto University create public service video that’s not about cats, but for the animals themselves to watch and learn from.

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This store in Tokyo will pull out your grey hairs for you, leave you looking years younger

“Refresh your soul and hair!” is the slogan of the first white-hair-removal specialty store in Japan.

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Robot matchmaking party in Japan has couples sit silently, techno cupids make small talk for them

Surreal videos show event that led to the creation of four new couples, and might be a surprisingly good fit for Japanese society.

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Uniqlo’s new “communist dictator” jacket has Japanese commenters confused and snickering【Photos】

Some say the fashion brand’s springtime outfit looks more like Kim Jong Il cosplay.

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Valentine’s Day Akiba-style: Hundreds of otaku line-up for cards and chocolates from anime girls

Real-world manifestations of affection from 2-D crushes cause massive lines on a weekday morning.

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Otaku parenting: Loving mom shocks daughter out of bed cosplay-style

But given Mom’s past cosplay skills, maybe she should have seen this coming.

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Osaka’s Okonomiyaki Burrito is both classic Taco Bell and completely different【Taste test】

A prodigal Taco Bell customer returns to the franchise and is surprised with what he finds.

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Massive menstrual flow character will be Japan’s newest movie star

Seiri-chan is making the leap from manga protagonist to the movie screen, and in a live-action adaptation.

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Museum of poo opening in Japan, has living poo mascot that lays other living poos

Colorful museum’s management promises “photogenic” experience and fun “shit game.”

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Japanese poopers show strong enthusiasm for new portable banana toilet【Videos】

Crowdfunding success shows there’s still room for one more in the crowded Japanese toilet marketplace.

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Japanese company will ask your crush out on a date for you if you’re too shy to do it yourself

Deluxe plan costs over 140,000 yen (US$1,260).

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Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men【Vid】

Shibuya demonstration also attracts one woman in call to “Crush romantic capitalism!”

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Beginner Live2D anime artist creates eldritch horrors that warp reality when they move【Video】

The leap from static drawings to animation has never been so drastic.

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Japanese beauty product prints English backwards on package so women can take better selfies

It looks like a mistake, but the packaging is exactly how the company wants it to be.

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Otaku finds a cleverly pervy way to add breasts to clear file anime characters

”Clear files” aren’t really clear, which is what makes this optical alteration possible.

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Tokyo-area love hotel’s sushi room allows you to consummate your relationship in a unique way

Satisfyingly sexy sushi room has foreign travelers writing thank-you letters to the staff.

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Don’t forget to eat your special sports fish sausage if you’re exercising in Japan

Why settle for protein bar flavors like chocolate or peanut butter when you can enjoy the performance-boosting nutritional goodness of compacted fish paste?

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