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Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima: Endings “the least necessary part” of a game for overseas players

Famed Metal Gear director calls Japanese creators “strange” for spending so much time and money on their finales.

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97 percent of Kumamoto convenience stores open for business just three days after major quakes

Kumamoto Prefecture is still reeling after back-to-back large scale earthquakes struck the region late last week. Yet somehow Japan’s major convenience store chains have managed to get 97 percent of their shops up and running in a matter of days.

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Disney artist brings classic characters to life inside pictures from traditional Japan 【Pics】

Mickey as a samurai? Minnie as a geisha? It works surprisingly well.

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Kobushi Shindan: The personality test that you can take just by making a fist

All it takes is the “rock” from rock-paper-scissors to get a read on your opponent.

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Famous Japanese painter’s centuries-old cat artwork proves Japan has always loved felines

One of the Meiji Period’s most prolific artists painted more cats than you might have expected.

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Savoring one of the stinkiest foods in the world: Sweden’s surströmming

Japan is no stranger to fermented foods with, shall we say, “unique” aromas, so how would a group of unsuspecting Japanese writers deal with a rice bowl topped with the notoriously foul-smelling Swedish staple, surströmming?

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The Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake we’re still waiting for【Video】

The classic Nintendo 64 game has never looked so good, and probably never will.

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Junior high student leaves us laughing after mistaking traditional pattern for Wi-Fi symbol

Kids these days with their freaking Zunes and PalmPilots!

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Mr. Sato and the RocketDancers assemble for a sexy, electrical-tape intensive music video 【Video】

Believe it or not, there’s a perfectly good reason for these costumes.

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Two of Japan’s biggest chains travel to disaster-stricken Kumamoto to hand out free beef bowls

Mobile kitchens provide comfort food, in the truest sense of the word, for thousands of earthquake victims.

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Universal Studios Japan to close Back to the Future ride, sell off DeLorean and props

In a bittersweet turn, we have finally arrived at the future full of anime and Harry Potter rides, which means there is no longer space for this much-loved classic attraction.

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Kodansha’s Sam Yoshiba supports Scarlett Johansson casting choice for Ghost in the Shell

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Make your kancho dreams a kancho reality with new, interconnecting KAN-CHO figures【Pics】

Now you too can create a never-ending chain of plastic people sticking their fingers into each others’ buttholes.

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Amazing pencil portraits of Japanese celebrities look as lifelike as photographs 【Pictures】

This Twitter user doesn’t need lights and cameras when he’s got good pencils and unbelievable talent.

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Japanese convenience store snack looks like, and almost is, smoked cock 【Taste test】

Feeling a little peckish? This might be just what you need.

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New underpants for drink bottles feature zebra print, plaid, and cute bunny designs

Now you have even more cute, girly underwear options for protecting your drink’s privates.

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It’s the Zelda-themed scavenger hunt proposal of a lifetime—and a gorgeous Triforce ring to boot!

When your proposal includes the line “It’s dangerous to go alone, take this,” you know it’s love!

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New sleeping bag Pikachu plush toys coming to game centres in Japan this May

Pikachu plushies snuggled up in Pokémon sleeping bags are the prizes we’ve all been waiting for!

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Nekogahara’s Nora Chiyo comes to life in Shōnen Magazine Edge

Also runs magazine for a day.

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Pet iguana mistakes fruit-patterned plate for tasty treat, with adorable results【Pics】

Iguanas make great pets. They’re scaly, chilled-out, and they can be SO CUTE! Don’t believe us? Check out this derpy iguana blissfully licking at an empty, fruit-patterned plate.

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