Oona McGee

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Sakura 2017: The best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan

Enjoy the best of the cherry blossom viewing season with this list of the top spots to see sakura around the country.

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Japanese rail company uses ukiyo-e posters to ask commuters to mind their manners on the train

The ever-growing series of traditional artworks is grabbing everyone’s attention for its beauty and humour.

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Heartwarming video captures the emotion of last day at work for a Japanese rail station employee

The story of the Akihabara stationmaster is bringing tears to the eyes of commuters around the country.

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Shin Godzilla visual effects team creates new monster video for Japanese tourism campaign【Video】

A fearsome giant is no match for a powerful travel spot in this impressive video.

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Enjoy the beauty of sakura cherry blossoms at new onsen hanami event in Tokyo

One of the most magical events of the season combines traditional bathing with the iconic blossoms of spring.

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Latest Japanese lifehack shows how to store exercise balls … with nothing but a corner ceiling

It might look like magic, but these balls can actually be stored in the ceiling without the use of any racks, hooks or netting.

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Kyoto University students let loose at cosplay graduation ceremony【Photos】

From beer bottles to Pokémon and short-skirted anime girls, these Japanese students know how to celebrate their last day at university.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! outbreak turns heads in Shibuya

Because nothing catches people’s attention like a crowd of spiky-haired students strutting around en masse.

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Brain Gymnastics Quiz: Move one matchstick to create the name of a Japanese Prefecture

Find out how you can create the name of a prefecture simply by moving just one of these matchsticks.

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New makeup-free cafe set to open in Tokyo next month

The staff at this cafe are dedicated to promoting the concept of natural beauty and spreading the no-makeup trend around Japan.

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Cosplayers come out to play for Anime Japan 2017 convention in Tokyo【Photos】

Schoolgirls, demons and anthropomorphised characters show us their best side at this year’s event dedicated to all things anime.

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Sayonara Quarter Pounder: McDonald’s Japan takes iconic burger off its menu

Japanese customers took to social media to let us know how they felt about the announcement.

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Starbucks Japan brings out Shaken Apple Green Tea for a limited time

We try the delectable new drink that’s so exclusive it’s only available in four of the country’s prefectures.

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New Studio Ghibli tea collection includes tea sourced from Totoro’s real-life forest in Japan!

Now you can enjoy the flavours of some well-known characters from the acclaimed animation studio.

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Send a free drink to a friend with Japan’s newest coinless vending machines【Video】

We try out the new system at a high-tech digital vending machine in Tokyo.

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Onsen Musume: Japanese hot springs turn into cute anime schoolgirl idols【Video】

Find out what the country’s most well-known onsen look like as a cute idol group in their very first video.

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Tiny house in Japanese woods is the getaway we’d love to escape to【Video】

getaway home becomes a family home, with a young father who says his ties to family are stronger thanks to downsized living.

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Cute cat shows off incredible skills with cup-and-ball game【Video】

No matter how many times the cups are moved, this cat always knows which cup the ball is in.

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Japan’s hip-hop dancing granny shows off her moves in new “Rice Dance” video

There’s no better way to promote the nation’s rice crops than with a grandmother and two girls in kimono dancing at famous landmarks around Tokyo.

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New sleep cafe opens in Japan, offers free coffee and luxurious naps to visitors

Now you can nap in a $9,000 bed and enjoy mood lighting and soothing music with your coffee for a limited time in Tokyo.

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