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Learn Japanese through ridiculous manga: Fullmedal Alchemist 【Episode #5】

“You cannot gain a medal without sacrificing something else in return.”

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Virtual reality game will let you turn kimono-clad girls into spinning, battling tops【Video】

So that’s what the obi is really for!

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Tokyo may soon require bicyclists to strap on a helmet before getting on the road

After 11,000 bike accidents last year, the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering new safety regulations.

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New Häagen-Dazs ice cream: Salty Vanilla and Caramel and Japonais Black Syrup Kinako Red Bean

Both these limited-edition Japan releases contain new ingredients used for the first time ever in the history of the company.

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Japanese artist creates amazing paper art filled with delicate details

From well-known anime characters to traditional Japanese imagery, this artist creates an astonishing amount of detail with card and a paper cutter.

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“Selfish” Studio Ghibli producer apologizes while announcing price reduction for art exhibit

Producer of Spirited Away and The Wind Rises wants to make exhibit as accessible as possible, offers partial rebates to advance ticket purchasers.

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Wheelchair design is like riding a bike, can be pedaled by those unable to walk

With a little re-branding and a helping “leg” from technology, this wheelchair is ready for the 21st century.

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Fill up some round fuzzy cheeks of your own with squirrel, hamster and chipmunk bags【Pics】

Finally, a place to store all of those nuts.

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What can you tell about people from their notebook scribbles? One artist decides to find out!

Notebook and diary planner posts from a Japanese artist offer a small peek into the inner lives of ordinary people.

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A hoodie with a pouch for holding cats (summer edition): Shut up and take my money!

Keep your kitty close, cool, and comfy with this cat-pouch hoodie that makes room for ice packs!

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Can you tell which of these “full moons” are actually slices of ham?

Japanese Twitter user sends out a tough quiz on the night of the Strawberry Moon.

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One Piece pirates let themselves go, get back into shape with chubby new figure series

Looks like Luffy and his anime cohorts have been enjoying too many high-calorie meals while sailing the high seas.

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Charismatic or creepy? Phrases women are likely to interpret different ways based on looks

Japanese netizens point out what they see as a huge double standard when it comes to how women react to certain comments and come-ons made by hotties or geeks.

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Think kids spend too much time on smartphones? Clever Japanese tweet will make you think again

Infographic argues that today’s youth really isn’t so different from the pre-smartphone generation.

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Meet Uni, the smiley Japanese Shiba Inu who loves to ride on playground equipment

The look of happiness on this adorable pup’s face makes us want to run out to the park and act like kids again.

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Optical illusions from Japanese Twitter leave us questioning the universe and reality 【Videos】

Everything you think you know about shapes and colors is a lie.

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Studio Ghibli’s No-Face appears again on the streets of Japan to rock out on his shamisen 【Video】

Famous anime spirit seems to have gotten even better in the year since his skills were last recorded on video.

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Pikachu gets pumped up, freaks us out with his newly muscular bod

Looks like Pikachu’s protein supplements and lifting regimen have been super effective.

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Japanese pro wrestler shows off his professional-level bra handling skills in the ring

Pile drivers, headlocks, and bra clasps are all in a day’s work for Taichi.

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Japan’s largest anime megashop to open new branch in Akihabara specifically for women

Retail chain Animate is dedicating an all-new store in Tokyo to girls’ anime and manga.

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