Europe

These “Mikoshi Dako” are the badges of honour from a Japanese festival

Rather than hiding the calluses, the bulges on these men are glorified for a very special reason.

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Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly interrupts speech 【Video】

When a teenage girl from a band with “baby” in its name does a better job of acting like an adult than you do, you might want to work on your manners.

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U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s cat charms and surprises Japan by Tweeting in Japanese

Two months into his job, the feline Palmerston is already looking to expand his outreach to a global scale.

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Watch Hideo Kojima’s full Q&A session at the Nordic Game Conference

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“The Red Turtle” receives standing ovation at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

The Red Turtle may have no dialogue, but if that hasn’t stopped viewers from saying wonderful things about it.

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Color blending “Chameleon Pens” are the hottest new art items trending in Japan

These pens will change the way you shade.

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Gorgeous 2-D platform game inspired by Studio Ghibli edges closer to completion on Kickstarter

It’s the closest thing yet to stepping inside the animated world of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away.

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Kung Fu Motion Visualization video blurs the line between reality and digital art 【Video】

Artist digitally manipulates videos of kung fu masters practicing their craft to create sequences of mesmerizing motion.

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Vans to release line of Nintendo 8-bit sneakers this summer【Pics】

We can’t wait to lace up a pair of these cool, retro-looking kicks.

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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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