Culture

What happens when a guy throws on a wig and a dress and goes to Japan’s #1 pick-up spot?

Once again, our Japanese-language reporters ride along a razor-thin line of reasoning and derail right into a valuable life lesson.

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Inside the mind of a Japanese manager accused of “power harassment”

Power harassment is a relatively newly defined but widespread form of workplace harassment in Japan where people abuse their rank by demeaning their subordinates. But why do people do it?

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Muslim man goes on hunger strike after being served ham at Yokohama immigration center

A Muslim man being detained at a Yokohama immigration center was served pork and has gone on a hunger strike in protest.

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SMAP, one of Japan’s most famous pop boy band groups, have announced they will disband at the end of this year.

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Visiting Asagaya Tanabata Festival, known for its spectacular displays that never fail to surprise

Mr. Sato takes a stroll through the shopping arcade of Asagaya Station in Tokyo for this year’s Tanabata festival and bumps into none other than The Donald himself!

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Did you know curry is so popular in Japan there is a series of Indian restaurant music CDs?

While most people associate curry with India, it might be surprising to learn that it is a big deal in Japan as well. “How big?” you ask?

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Kyoto’s primeval forest to come to life in beautiful interactive light art display 【Video】

Trees will “breathe” with light and sound as their beauty takes visitors’ breath away.

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What is Teru Teru Bozu? The tragic history behind the Japanese fine weather doll

While many believe the tradition of making the ghost-like doll can be traced back to a bald-headed monk, history suggests it actually began with a small girl.

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Japanese readers rave about new book illustrating differences between Kanto and Kansai regions

Kuraberu Tōzai presents an easy-to-understand compilation of regional differences between Tokyo and Osaka in terms of cuisines, art, and cultural traditions.

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Japanese artist’s meaningful chopstick rests pieced together by the waves and traditional kintsugi

Tomomi Kamoshita’s exquisite works of art will be on display at an upcoming exhibition in New York City dedicated to earthquake relief in Japan.

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The fastest mochi maker in Japan reveals secrets of his technique【Video】

The man who kneads rice at incredible speeds of three hits per second lets us into his world and tells us why he lives for making mochi.

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Our reporter gets a genderless makeover and turns himself into Harajuku model Ryucheru

Nakazawa takes on the genderless-style trend currently sweeping Harajuku.

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Japanese family lives and works in a milk carton house in Hiroshima

Forget the little old lady who lived in a shoe; there’s a Japanese family who lives in a milk carton.

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Katana coasters! Samurai sword tableware brings bushido to your home

Just like their inspirations protected swordsmen’s hands, these coasters will guard your kitchen table’s varnish.

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Japanese restaurant serves up noodles in stunning ice cube bowls

Sometimes there are restaurants you want to keep a secret all to yourself, and this is definitely one of them.

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Junior high school in Japan introduces trial afternoon nap time for students

Requested by the students themselves, the afternoon siesta is designed to improve concentration levels and protect the environment.

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Ichiro’s lookalike “Nichiro” is cheering him to 3,000 (and more) in his own special way【Video】

If you are going to pick someone to impersonate, there’s no one cooler than Ichiro.

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New “pink light” system for pregnant passengers trialled on subway in South Korea【Video】

The bluetooth system has been designed to help pregnant women secure a seat on the train.

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You must love dogs or cats if you decide to use these new house name plates

Acknowledge your animal side with these super cute, traditional wooden name plates.

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Learn Japanese through ridiculous manga: Dragon Bowl【Episode #4】

Join Bullma, Poolong and Sun Goku on a brand new episode of Dragon Bowl!

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