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Sailor Moon official fan club taking applications for 2017, with English-language sign-up support

Fans from over 120 countries now have the opportunity to join the Pretty Guardians.

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Cola-flavored mochi sweets are half Japanese tradition, half jiggly Pop Rock

Warabi mochi is usually flavored with soybean powder, but not in the case of these treats from Osaka.

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Japan’s Twitterers show off more clever ways to transform 100-yen store items

These are the best “wrong” way to use those 100-yen purchases.

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Latest Japanese lifehack shows how to store exercise balls … with nothing but a corner ceiling

It might look like magic, but these balls can actually be stored in the ceiling without the use of any racks, hooks or netting.

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The ita-bag contest showcases your favorite anime characters in the most painful way【Photos】

The results are a bright kaleidoscope of repetition and fandom that makes our eyes burn.

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Japan’s version of a ouija board: We try to summon Mr. Kokkuri

Three grown men dabble in black arts typically reserved for pre-teens.

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Kyoto University students let loose at cosplay graduation ceremony【Photos】

From beer bottles to Pokémon and short-skirted anime girls, these Japanese students know how to celebrate their last day at university.

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“Nurse Sticking Scissors in Her Mouth” and other photos from Japan’s craziest free image website

If you need a picture of a young woman blowing a conch shell or watching the end of the world, you’ll find them here.

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Octopus balls become octopus planets with amazing tweak to takoyaki recipe

Takoyaki dumplings are a ubiquitous snack in Japan, but we’ve never seen them like this before!

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Japanese company offers a “little sister rental” service, and our reporter just tried it out

RocketNews24’s Seiji becomes a big brother for an afternoon.

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Japan elects its first openly transgender man to public office

25-year-old politician draws on his own experiences of isolation during campaign.

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Cherry blossom cotton candy pizza sounds too good to be true, but it actually exists in Tokyo

Kanda brew pub combines three of the best things in life.

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Umami Burger opens its first Japan location, so naturally we had to have a taste!

The store drew crowds of hundreds on its opening day, but was the fuss worth it?

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Learn kanji with the magical power of poop!

These new textbooks are the shit, you guys.

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Quite possibly the greatest food bargain in Japan: tasty convenience store pasta for less than a buck

This chain’s 100-yen pasta and noodle dishes are just the thing when you’re looking to stretch your budget.

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How to travel from one end of Japan to the other by train for less than 25 bucks

For the price of a couple beers in a Tokyo bar, you can go all the way from the eastern capital to the southwestern island of Kyushu.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! outbreak turns heads in Shibuya

Because nothing catches people’s attention like a crowd of spiky-haired students strutting around en masse.

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Explosive popularity of skimpy sweater leaves many with one less way to fry virgins’ brains.

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Nagoya Castle’s concrete keep to be demolished and replaced with traditional wooden structure

After months of debate, Nagoya city council approves 50 billion-yen (US$451 million) budget.

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Osaka convenience store asks customers to muffle their “buree-buree” sounds while in the toilet

Request met with mixed reaction from praising its frankness to pointing out the impossibility of it.

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