Use this simple trick to create awesome photos of holiday lights this winter!

With all the pretty lights, there are a ton of photo opportunities during the holidays. Give your pictures a unique look with this simple technique!

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How to make sushi that looks like real-life swimming koi fish【Video】

Have you ever wanted to make sushi that looks just like a swimming fish? This video shows how to make the stunning dish in your very own kitchen!

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The deceiving cat: Sumo wrestler wins match using “cute” technique, but some are not happy【Video】

A sumo wrestler has drawn ire after using the adorably named nekodamashi, or “deceiving cat,” technique to win a match.

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History’s worst job? Japanese noblewomen used to hire servants to take the blame for their farts

What would be the ultimate luxury in personal service for a highborn aristocrat? Someone to draw your bath? Peel your grapes? Fan you with palm fronds? How about a servant whose job it is to take the blame for your farts.

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Japan Misunderstood: 3 stereotypes that live on

Every time I visit my home country and talk about my life in Japan, one thing becomes clear to me: Japan remains incredibly misunderstood overseas. With this in mind, today we’ll be discussing three stereotypes of Japan: the country’s apparent disdain for those who stand out from the crowd, the notion that Japan is a strict society, and that the idea of ‘losing face’ is a quintessentially Asian concept.

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Catch the Star Wars Chill: We check out the amazing R2-D2™ Moving Refrigerator in person!【Video】

Remember the awesome, super-expensive R2­-D2™ Moving Refrigerator we reported on last month? Well, we recently went to see an actual model on display!

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Yo-kai ruin very important meeting at Nintendo

Why did Bill Trinen eat all the doughnuts? Yo-kai is why!

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Colorized photos of old-timey Philippines bring the past to life

Black and white photos of the Philippines from as far back as the late 1800s look shockingly modern with just a splash of color.

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Enjoy NISHIKIGOI — the sake that comes in a stunning bottle that looks like a colored carp!

Can you tell what this eye-catching white bottle decorated with bright red patterns is supped to be? While the look isn’t exactly conventional, this is actually a sake product called NISHIKIGOI, and the bottle is artfully designed to look like a beautiful colored carp.

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Japan’s phenomenally handsome gorilla getting nationwide DVD release

A DVD of Japan’s “hottest primate” is set to go on sale nationwide in December.

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Hello Kitty now keeping roadside construction sites safe in Japan 【Photos】

Hello Kitty goes blue collar for her latest job in downtown Tokyo.

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From Catbus to bento, you’ll love the University of Tokyo’s Lego Club creations!【Photos】

If you love Legos, these photos from the University of Tokyo’s Lego Club will make you want to go back to school and play with blocks!

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Police respond to explosion, suspected bombing at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo

Bomb disposal unit finds remnants of suspected incendiary device at shrine for Japanese war dead in Chiyoda Ward.

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Chinese woman, 25, demands workers’ compensation, says “Overtime made me an old lady”

On November 18 a young woman was spotted on the streets of Shenzhen City in Guangdong, China carrying a sign which read: “Overnight and overtime work has made me into an old lady. Both my love and work lives are miserable. I request approval for workers’ compensation.”

It was an unusual yet straightforward demand that triggered debate and reflection on the state of working conditions in the country.

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We test out a new way to make fried chicken, the Prison School way 【RocketKitchen】

If you’re looking for a new way to make karaage, or Japanese-style fried chicken, how about taking some inspiration from the underground student council vice president of hit manga/anime/TV drama Prison School? We liked how character Meiko Shiraki’s karaage, coated with kaki-no-tane rice crackers, looked in the manga and anime, so we decided to give it a shot!

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Yo-kai watch what the western Yo-kai Watch doesn’t want you to yo-kai watch

With Yo-Kai Watch finally exported overseas, many await the inevitable changes due to localization and censorship that will occur. After all, if it can happen to Doraemon, it can happen to any series. Sure enough, the English version of Yo-kai Watch anime did not fail to disappoint.

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Kindergartener brings a surprise guest to school for the best show and tell ever

Young children are full of surprises, but sometimes the biggest surprise comes out of their backpacks. Meet Zen and the newest “student” at a Thai kindergarten, his cat.

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We asked: “What are the hardest and best things about dating a Japanese person?”

Looking for romance in Japan? Learn from our experience! Here a few things we’ve learned from foreigners who’ve dated in Japan.

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Now you can look like a Japanese courtesan too at specialty photography studio

Show off your prettiest historical self at this Nara photo studio where you can dress like the Edo Period’s high-class courtesans!

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Watching these fish feed is a little freaky and frightening【Video】

Feeding fish is an innocent pastime — unless you’ve got a whole pond and a thousand fish instead of a small tank! Then it looks more like a horror movie!

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