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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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Boob-bounteous volleyball game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 may not be dead in the West after all

Like the boobs of its busty characters, the chances of a western release for video game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 seem to be swaying back and forth.

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Boob-centric Dead or Alive volleyball video game not coming to U.S. or Europe due to “issues”

You want the boobs? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE BOOBS!

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What the…?!? Stuffed “Teddytaur” toy baffles and fascinates us at the same time

We’ve discovered a seriously bizarre-looking offering from high-end German stuffed toy maker Steiff. But what exactly is it? Apparently, it’s a Teddytaur!

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New origami-style lamp re-invents the way we think about “do it yourself”

This lamp folds in so many different ways that it’s like owning a thousand different lamps.

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A $2,350 sleeping bag/bear? Japanese artist’s wild creation hits Japanese Twitter with a roar!

So, what do you look for in a sleeping bag? Most people would probably say not much, except that it’s soft and warm. But once you take a look at this unique creation by Amsterdam-based Japanese artist Eiko Ishizawa, you might say that an interesting design also counts for something as well. It’s the “Great Sleeping Bear“, which began as one of Ishizawa’s art projects and is now getting a whole lot of attentionfor its amazing life-like detail and also its hefty price tag!

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Should the Paris terrorism tragedy be called a “kamikaze” attack?

In the days following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, people in Japan have expressed virtually universal sympathy for France and its residents. What has them more divided, though, is the frequent use of the word “kamikaze” in describing the incident.

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Tokyo Tower, Skytree don French Tricolour in show of sympathy following Paris terrorist attack

Last weekend, Tokyo’s two most famous structures switched their usual lighting to blue, white, and red in a showing of solidarity with the French people.

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Borderlands cosplay that’ll melt your face off and replace it with a handsome mask【Photos】

You’re not looking at a screenshot from the newest Borderlands game. Handsome Jack is here to stake his claim on Earth!

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