Japan

Our sushi expert picks three toppings that will remind you what “first love” feels like

Who knew love could taste like raw fish and crab guts?

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One simple kanji character in super-simple Japanese sentence has five different pronunciations

Amazing versatility shows the depth and difficulty of the Japanese writing system.

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Can you sing at least one anime song? Then you’re a step closer to a job with this company

Pass the first stage interview with karaoke! Or, by playing wink murder.

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Subtitling glitch turns schoolgirl band anime into tale of drugs, guns, and murder

Teen heroines suddenly discuss the importance of hiding their narcotic heroin.

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Japan’s amazing screen door video game artist is back with new NES-inspired projects【Photos】

Intricate process creates characters that look as cool now as they did in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras.

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Concentrated coolness as Samuel L. Jackson and J-rocker Gackt pose for photo in Tokyo

Jackson and Kong: Skull Island co-star Tom Hiddleston rub shoulders with Japanese dub performers at Shinjuku premiere.

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Anime voice actress Maaya Sakamoto covers Katy Perry’s “Firework” in spectacular fashion【Video】

Veteran vocalist shows she can sing in English like nobody’s business in preview for Japanese release of animated musical Sing.

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Radio Ghibli is the newest way to listen to the iconic music of Studio Ghibli

Get ready for hours of scenes, songs, and memories that tantalize your ears.

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Snack-loving Japanese hamster proves “super-cute” and “crazy-tenacious” aren’t mutually exclusive

Video shows that you should always keep your eyes on the prize, especially when that prize is a mountain of your favorite food.

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Your Name anime film merchandise now available from Japan’s gacha capsule toy vending machines

With more than ten cute items to collect, this is a range we’ll be saving our yen for.

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Udon chain’s awesome “Tempura Pass” deal works out to less than 10 yen per piece over five weeks

Prepaid tempura plan is totally the way to go, and even lets you choose fried chicken if that’s what your heart desires.

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Japanese gamer creates anime Your Name’s rural town in Minecraft, and it’s mind-blowing【Video】

Explore the film’s magical world for yourself in a whole new way.

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Japan’s cosplaying Twin Idols look exactly alike, but not entirely because of their DNA

Even for identical twins, keeping up the resemblance sometimes requires a little help, especially when one of you makes a big change.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji used to represent foreign countries 【Weird Top Five】

“You use WHAT kanji for my country?!”

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Iga man faces 18-month prison sentence for harassing courier with chainsaw, posting it on YouTube

I used to assume anyone with the nickname “Chainsaw Man” was automatically cool. I was wrong.

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Clam chowder tempura being offered by Japan’s most popular tempura restaurant chain

Tenya buries the lede (under other types of tempura) in its new “Bacon Chicken Tempura Bowl.”

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McDonald’s Japan tempts and pressures us with limited-time Hokkaido Melon shakes

We’re getting the shakes just thinking about these delicious-sounding McShakes.

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Beautiful ukiyo-e tarot cards are East-meets-West in more ways than one

Japan’s famous woodblock prints meet Occidental-style fortune-telling.

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Nissin’s new Bukkomi Meshi is the guilty pleasure of rice plus instant ramen broth

Nissin knows what’s in the hearts of carb-lovers way too well.

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We try the new Sunshine Mandarin Mango Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

Fruit, tea and coconut milk is a winning combination.

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