All Stories by Richard Simmonds

YouTube goes crazy for “Bubbly” high school girls’ amazing retro ’80s dance routine 【Video】

School dance club’s ’80s get-up and fantastic choreography nets millions of views in just two days.

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Taiwanese hotel offers gaming guests the E-sports experience 【Photos】

Another reason to visit Taiwan, without missing out on your gaming fix.

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“China’s ugliest girl band” gets the last laugh against cyber-bullies 【Videos】

Sunshine, the Chinese high school girl band branded “China’s ugliest perfomers” shoots to stardom, briefly.

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Expat Insider’s Quality of Life survey 2017 reveals Japan has slipped down the rankings, but why?

Japan moves down the list from 3rd place to 6th.

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New Zealander finds photos in antique Japanese sewing box, requests Internet’s help tracing them

Twitter wants you to help find the people taken in these beautiful black-and-white photos from Japan’s past.

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Twitter user reveals a method to judge manga and anime writers’ IQ

Apparently, it’s all in how they write or introduce the “intelligent” characters in their manga.

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Prefectural capital building in Japan has a moat, ready for mobs of invaders or zombies

Awesomely-defensible Fukui Prefectural headquarters is built on castle grounds.

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Five things that shock Japanese people living abroad

Travel-broadened Japanese Twitter users share their stories of culture shock and pleasant surprises.

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Pokémon GO now doctor-approved thanks to Tokyo University study

Results of first scientific study into Pokémon GO‘s health benefits reveal game lowers stress levels.

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We discover Lawson convenience store lookalike hidden away in Nara Prefecture – Fauxson?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a suspiciously familiar looking purveyor of snacks.

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Google Street View captures hilarious before-and-after of person cycling into a ditch 【Photos】

Poor cyclist’s embarrassing tumble caught on camera.

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Finally we have an answer for Shrödinger with the Cat in a Can!【Video】

The domesticated cat learns to think like its modern prey, the tin of cat food.

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Pay for guests’ transport? The many potential pitfalls in the Japanese wedding planning minefield

Or, how to judge how good a friend you really think someone is.

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We made magical crystal chocolate tarts, fit for a mage with a sweet tooth! 【Sora Kitchen】

Use this recipe to make chocolate tarts with some culinary witchcraft.

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5-year-old puts artwork online at ridiculous prices but still sells some! 【Photos, video】

How about a fine paper Stegosaurus? That’ll be 90,000 yen (US$818) please… and that’s not even the most expensive piece.

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Japanese finance minister is in hot water after statement allegedly condoning Hitler

Taro Aso later retracts statement which seemed to suggest Hitler’s motives were right.

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Japan’s Top Twenty roadside service stops, destinations in their own right

All the more reason for a Japanese road-trip.

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Bedridden Japanese elderly home residents transformed into stars of the silver screen

Bedridden senior home residents pose for photos like stars of the silver screen.

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Fake yakuza arrested in Tokyo after threatening man who was walking while staring at a smartphone

Continued backlash against “arukisumaho” seen in social media users’ responses.

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Fresh tuna sashimi vs. frozen – Can our Japanese taste testers tell the difference in taste test?

Tuna is tuna is tuna, right? Wrong!

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