Japan

How expensive is the Nintendo Switch, really? Japanese Twitter compares it to 35 other consoles

Is the price too high or does it make sense? Let’s find out… using history!

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Your Name reportedly becomes highest worldwide earning anime film of all time

American website’s number-crunching puts Makoto Shinkai’s hit ahead of anything from Studio Ghibli.

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Japanese spray toilets receive new standardised symbols to help foreign tourists

These eight pictograms will be used from April to make functions easier to understand for toilet users.

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Lonely Japanese gamers giddy over the prospect of getting to smell girls in VR titles

Will new technology let them really experience the scent of virtual girls?

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Anime hit Your Name’s is finally coming to theaters in the U.S. and Canada, start date announced

The wait to know how long anime fans in North America will have to wait is finally over.

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Donald Trump playing cards exist in Japan thanks to McDonald’s

The words “Donald Trump” are even printed in katakana at the top of the packet.

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New colored contact lenses will help near-sighted Japanese women land a husband, maker claims

Different designs recommended depending on wearer’s taste in men.

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Capybaras around Japan compete to find out which one can bathe the longest

How many hours do you think a giant rodent can bathe for?

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New Pikachu plushie cozies up inside ketchup bottle, looks so cute that we could eat him right up

Pokémon continues in role as pitchman for tomato products in Japan with adorable limited-edition stuffed animals and pouches.

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What’s making these big, tough sumo wrestlers cringe? A tiny medical procedure, it turns out!

The Japan Sumo Association pokes fun at some of its star athletes who appear to hate getting shots just as much as the rest of us.

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Japan’s Sandwiched Between Twintails Pillow gets upgrade, is now even more temptingly cozy

Extra padding and new material make a compelling argument for spending the entire day in the prone position.

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Famous Chunkies: Artist shows us what characters would look like if they overate

This cast of stars from video games, movies and anime retain all their cuteness while packing on the pounds as a lesson to kids.

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Tokyo’s “bookstore hotel” adds a bar for travelers who love reading and drinking

Just be careful not to spill your drink on the pages you’re reading.

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Anime Your Name passing Disney’s Frozen in Japanese box office records looks increasingly likely

Makoto Shinkai is poised to outperform anything ever produced by Walt Disney.

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JR Kyushu runs possibly confusing “Kiss My Nagasaki” campaign

You want me to kiss you where now?

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Sanro’s lazy egg Gudetama now has its own maid cafe in Tokyo’s Akihabara

Who’s craving some “Stressful Society Noodles?”

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Häagen-Dazs’ beloved mochi ice cream is back with a new black sesame syrup flavor

The mochi ice cream series brings back an old favorite, and introduces an enticing new flavor!

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Amazingly creative sculptures appear on streets around the country as heavy snowfall hits Japan

Cute characters from Studio Ghibli, Pokémon and even viral videos have been emerging from the Japanese snow this winter.

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That time we almost got arrested for doing mankini cosplay on the streets of Tokyo

We sent two of our writers out to get ramen, but they almost ended up with criminal records instead.

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Japan’s respected National Theatre surprises everyone with traditional rendition of PPAP【Video】

PNSP combines serious musicians with crazy lyrics and hilarious costumed character dance moves.

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