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Savoring one of the stinkiest foods in the world: Sweden’s surströmming

Japan is no stranger to fermented foods with, shall we say, “unique” aromas, so how would a group of unsuspecting Japanese writers deal with a rice bowl topped with the notoriously foul-smelling Swedish staple, surströmming?

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A brief history of emoji, language standards, and why you can text piles of poo to your friends

You likely know that emoji originated in Japan, but do you know how they ended up basically everywhere in the world?

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Paris’ Japanese-style crêperie will take care of all of your cute cravings

Our reporter hops on a plane to Paris to check out Princess Crêpe, a Japanese-style creperie in the City of Lights!

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Gorgeous Paul Gerber/Arita-yaki pottery watches will catch eyes, leave you seriously broke

The famed Swiss watch maker teams with centuries-old traditional arita-yaki potter Koransha to produce this limited line of stunning handcrafted watches.

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Not sure if want? London’s English breakfast udon shocks and confuses Japanese Twitter

When your heart says no, but your stomach says yes!

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Japanese Sherlock manga finally gets an English release

The wait is finally over for Sherlock fans who have been waiting over four years to get their hands on the Japanese manga adaptation of the popular British TV series.

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The Pokémon Company, U.K. artist create world’s largest Pokémon trading card mosaic

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Want to make anime like Princess Mononoke? Soon you can get the software Ghibli uses for free!

TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be available as a free download starting Saturday March 26.

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La vie en ramen: our Japanese reporter slurps salty noodle soup in Paris

Our Japanese reporter eats Japanese ramen in a noodle bar in Paris – but how does it compare to his own country’s salty fare?

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Japanese director alleges that beloved children’s anime Doraemon is “banned” in France

France-based Japanese composer, writer and director Hitonari Suji recently revealed that broadcasts of the much-loved anime Doraemon are “banned” in France for fears it would stunt children’s emotional growth.

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Napping taxi drivers in Tokyo become the subject of UK photographer’s work【Photos】

Check out these drowsy drivers catching 40 winks during a typical day in Japan’s busiest city.

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Artist recreates famous Japanese ukiyo-e paintings using fine wines

Prized traditional woodblock prints age even more gracefully when they’re recreated in shades of wine.

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Busty Digimon anime figure not child-friendly enough for the West, now barred from sale overseas

Once again, boobs block the path between Japan and the West.

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Bring spring into your home with pink flower-themed Le Creuset pots and tableware!

Forget seasonal sweets and drinks. In Japan, even pots and tableware get a sakura makeover in the spring, and the results are gorgeous!

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Dungeons & Dragons Pokémon fanart inspires incredible cosplay group

One artist takes Dungeons & Dragons battle armor to the next level with her playful Eevee class evolution designs, and cosplayers are taking notes.

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Japanese fans react to the idea that Pokémon Mewtwo is a Christian role model

When life presents you with a moral dilemma, ask yourself, “What would Mewtwo do?”

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IKEA Japan lucky bags? We’ve got them covered!【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】

Yes, in Japan, even IKEA offers new year’s lucky bags — join us to find out what goodies were in their fukubukuro this year!

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Studio Ghibli unveils new animated film set for release in Japan next year

Japan’s most famous anime production house is back in the animation saddle, with a European director holding the reins.

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“The Moomins” was originally brought to Japan by spies

Thanks to years of espionage and international intrigue, Hattifatteners and Snufkin were first brought to Japan.

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Make kitty happy with these clever cat project ideas

Find your purr-fect creativity outlet over the holidays and give these eight kitty-compatible DIY projects a try.

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