All Stories by Richard Simmonds

Gudetama: How did Sanrio’s lethargic egg become so popular in Japan?

The team at Vox shed light onto the development and popularity of the lovable egg with a bum.

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The secondhand Suzuki that has been everywhere, including the moon?【Video】

Visual effects artist Eugene Romanovsky goes all out to sell his beloved Suzuki Vitara.

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To eat or to play? Do both with a somen noodle slider from Japan!

No need to resolve the timeless dilemma when meal-time comes, as you can do both at the same time, and all in the comfort of your own home!

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We try an amazing all-you-can-eat pizza deal for less than three bucks in Tokyo

Family restaurant chain Olive Hill offers up a whopping 10 pizza varieties as part of their eat-until-you-drop lunch special.

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Fake monks targeting foreign visitors to Japan?

Mock monks after your money? On layman‘s terms.

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Godzilla speaks! Interview with 12-movie veteran kaiju actor Haruo Nakajima【Video】

The man who wore the 100-kilogram (220-pound!) suit in the first 12 films talks about his experiences.

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World’s smelliest fruit in Kit Kat form? Thailand makes bid for durian-flavoured Kit Kats

Ah, the heady aromas of chocolate and sweaty feet may finally come together!

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Can you sing at least one anime song? Then you’re a step closer to a job with this company

Pass the first stage interview with karaoke! Or, by playing wink murder.

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Soon-to-open LEGOLAND Japan shows off upcoming menu to delight LEGO-lovers

Now there’s food you’re legitimately allowed to play with.

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Japan’s insane “dekotora” vehicles look like Transformers come to life【Video】

Disco trucks in the spotlight.

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Cute as can be chikuwa alien bento from Japan!

Reformed fish paste has never looked so good.

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Vietnamese Special Forces show off real-life ninja skills【Video】

No need for fancy gadgets, or safety ropes!

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Now you can walk like a robot cat from the future with Doraemon Reebok shoes

Reebok and Doraemon combine in these baby-blue shoes.

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Canned food that will never reach its use-by date discovered in Japan!

Have those ingenious Japanese invented food that never goes bad? Not quite.

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We visit the restaurant where Prime Minister Abe ate with reporters, since he didn’t invite us

If it’s good enough for the country’s elite, we deign to try its surprisingly reasonable offerings.

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Japanese company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams!

Japanese company aims to provide women with a “high-spec” man of their dreams thanks to their rigorous testing and exacting standards (no mention of looks or personality).

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Have friends? Then you can drink McDonald’s coffee cheaper in Japan!

In an age where some people have hundreds, or even thousands, of friends on social networking sites, rustling up just three of them will get you a hefty discount.

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81-year-old Japanese woman learns programming from scratch, makes cool mobile game

Programming isn’t just a young person’s game anymore.

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Clothing company to bring popular Japanese mobile games’ character costumes to life

Now you too can dress up as an irresistibly-cute game character with none of the hard work!

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More snowboarding Gundam Mobile Suits spotted in Japan!

When you’re heavily-armed and armoured, there’s no need to fear heights, falls or even cardboard bears!

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