Japan

Skip the peace sign – Security researcher cautions against striking Japan’s favorite picture pose

Saying cheese is fine, but flashing the peace sign could be inviting not just social media attention, but identity theft too.

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Awesomely adorable Pikachu cup clinger figures add some Poké-appeal to your beverages

Six new designs offered showing the Pokémon star in moods ranging from fired up to love-struck.

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Original short anime “Hizukuri” meets crowdfunding goal

Naoki Matsuura directs story inspired by artisan scissor creator.

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McDonald’s Japan holds first-ever General Election, winning burger upgraded at no extra cost

One burger to rule them all…

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Coca-Cola Japan releases milk tea with cherry and sakura blossom flavours for spring

Find out what this limited-edition beverage tastes like after the break!

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Pokémon characters show their love for sakura with cute new cherry blossom merchandise

Pokémon can now be caught frolicking in sakura-filled springtime scenes on tableware, stationery and beauty products.

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Hello Kitty Cafe coming to Osaka for a limited time!

Dear Daniel joins Hello Kitty to bring cuteness and love to a collection of themed meals and drinks.

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Japanese “nose-gargling” advertisement attracts attention on Tokyo’s trains

Passengers say they’ve been trying to hold in their laughter after laying eyes on this unforgettable image.

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26 scenes from one of the liveliest Coming of Age Day celebrations in Japan 【Photos】

For some young adults in Japan, Coming of Age Day is a somewhat solemn or drab affair, but in Kita-Kyushu it is anything but.

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Japanese internet and even television confused over use of “mystery gift” from lucky bag 【Video】

Is it a golden joystick? A cushion with a handle so you don’t fall over?

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We visit the breathtaking “House of Light” in the Japanese countryside

With an “Outside-in” room and a bath lit by fibre optics, this is one of Japan’s most unique places to stay.

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Japanese manga artist wows Internet with lightning-fast ibisPaint skills on iPhone 【Video】

This quick tutorial proves you don’t need large screens and fancy tablets to create amazing digital artworks.

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“I Like Orange Juice!” Piko Taro releases new single that’s just as ridiculous as PPAP 【Video】

If 2016 was the year of apples and pineapples, 2017 looks set to be the year of orange juice.

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Recent trend of “near water” questions the very definition of “water”

It seems obvious, but “when does water stop being water?” can be a tricky question to answer.

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Player wins prize after Japanese UFO catcher game performs miraculous move【Video】

This is the luckiest win at an arcade game we’ve ever seen!

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One of the most beautiful views in Tokyo is inside this cafe’s coffee cups

Nope, that’s not latte foam art of Tokyo Tower!

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Otaku group gives own twist to popular “Love Dance”, internet can’t get enough 【Video】

These pro otaku dancers are too cool for school.

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Pet hamster shows off eloquent eating skills that puts most humans to shame

When someone says “you eat like an animal!” they probably didn’t mean this!

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Cardcaptor Sakura brings anime flair to your hair with beautiful traditional Japanese hairpin

The magical girl often dons a cap for her anime adventures, but you won’t need one with this kanzashi keeping your hairstyle in place.

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Manga artist says she’s found the reason why men won’t read comics written for women

More and more women are enjoying Japanese comics for men, but why do so many guys remain indifferent to shojo and josei manga?

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