Oona McGee

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Early-blooming sakura cherry blossoms create pink-tinged wonderlands in Japan

People around the country are sharing stunning photos of the early-blossoming sakura in full bloom.

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SoftBank finally unveils new ads featuring Justin Bieber speaking Japanese【Video】

The singer rubs shoulders with some of SoftBank’s finest stars while dressed as a student in Japanese school uniform.

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Custard pudding with natto fermented soybeans? We try the new dessert craze sweeping Japan

It might sound like an unusual pairing, but according to Japanese sweet connoisseurs, this is actually a delicious combination!

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Tiny Tokyo apartment makes up for lack of space with clever design details【Video】

This expat shows us why she loves her 8 square-metre (86 square-foot) living space in Japan’s crowded capital.

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Japan introduces new maternity taxi service in Tohoku to help pregnant women

Iwate Prefecture is the latest region to receive a designated maternity taxi service, in a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular around Japan.

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McDonald’s releases new “Yakki” burger based on a popular Japanese meal

There’s even a scent-filled 4-D promotional movie being screened to coincide with the new burger’s release.

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J-pop idol group gives us a lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses【Video】

Do you know the names of all these Japanese photo poses that have appeared over the years?
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Japan’s Animate Cafe sends out apology to fans after discovering error in Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise

There might be a rare fault in the design, but we have a feeling some fans won’t be exchanging the faulty item as requested.

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Cute orange octopus from Japan is here to keep your instant cup noodles hot and tasty

The three-minute wait to make cup noodles just got a lot more exciting.

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Now you can spread coffee on your toast in Japan!

Add a caffeine boost to your toast and sandwiches with this new spread from a popular Japanese coffee brand.

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We try the new Sakura Blossom Cream Frappuccino and Latte from Starbucks Japan

Not only is it cherry blossom-flavoured, it’s also the first time Starbucks has ever released a drink with crunchy Japanese rice cracker pieces.

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Piko Taro hams it up on the red carpet and has the time of his life at the Grammy Awards

The Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer was surprised by his popularity in the US, with kids, artists and famous celebrities all wanting a photo with him.

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Starbucks Japan adds new Sakura Raspberry Milk flavour to its chilled cup range

The gorgeous new release, which comes with milk pudding pieces, was unveiled at a special cherry-blossom event space in Tokyo yesterday.

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New Japanese reference book helps artists draw lazy characters

The “Pose Catalogue” contains 800 photos of men and women lazing about in casual outfits and underwear.

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Music video shows what it’s like to stay indoors too long in a Japanese room

This mesmerising video gives us a unique perspective of what it’s like to be a Japanese “hikikomori” social recluse.

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Japanese photographer wows Internet with stunning action shots of superhero figurines

From Harley Quinn terrorising Captain America to Deadpool stealing Thor’s hammer, these creative scenes are brimming with superhero personality.

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Iwate Prefecture uses samurai pictograms to help educate and inform foreign tourists

From “Charge OK” to “Watch Others When Washing“, this set of downloadable icons for businesses is informative and hilarious at the same time.

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Japanese Internet goes wild for new “stop-the-sleeve” game

Test your hand-eye coordination with this clever, cute, and simple game!

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Japan’s onsen amusement park begins crowdfunding campaign with awesome returns for investors

The Mayor of Beppu is delivering on his promise of a hot spring amusement park with tickets, fireworks and home-delivered onsen water for patrons.

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Bottles containing flying fish now available from Japanese vending machines in Tokyo

Now you can get your flying fish soup stock at any time of the day or night in Japan’s capital.

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