Why does Japanese writing need three different sets of characters? (Part 2)

We’re back and ready to take on the third, and most puzzling, type of Japanese text: katakana.

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Watch the trailer for The Red Turtle, Studio Ghibli’s first release post-Hayao Miyazaki【Video】

Studio Ghibli proves they are still the masters of animation even without the esteemed Hayao Miyazaki at the helm.

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Windows 10’s annoying updates come alive in Twitter artist’s cute yet horrifying manga

And the award for the most yandere operating system upgrade goes to….

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Japan is getting its first full-scale Legoland amusement park

But it’s not Tokyo that’s being graced with the block-based attraction.

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Exhibit of goldfish art by Riusuke Fukahori takes our breath away!【Pics】

Artist Riusuke Fukahori’s goldfish creations made of resin are so lifelike, they look like they could start swimming right before your eyes! Read More

New “rolling” umbrella with wheels lets you take it for a stroll on rainy days

It’s the perfect way to stand out while staying dry during the rainy season.

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Japanese dogs fail to stay calm during earthquake, succeed in bringing smiles to humans’ faces

”Don’t panic” is rule one during an earthquake. These pooches decided to break it.

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We try Japan’s amazing-looking salad “cakes,” now on sale in Tokyo! 【Pictures】

Looks can be both beautiful and deceiving.

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Sweet gift: Japanese Twitter users are making these delicious bouquets, and you can too!【Video】

These candy bouquets are a thoughtful, handmade gift for the sweetheart in your life.

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Elderly pickpocket “Calling Tamako” finally apprehended after string of Tokyo thefts

Since February 2015, the Tokyo area has been hit by a spate of thefts by an elderly woman who has managed to evade arrest until just this week.

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Japan’s top 10 mobile games account for roughly half of the entire market’s revenue

Survey reveals unique traits of the Japanese mobile gaming market.

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Our Japanese writers audition for upcoming Yakuza 6 game, get sexy pictures taken

We sent six of our most dashing writers to a photo studio for some glamour shots at an appearance in the new Yakuza 6 video game.

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Japan’s new ukiyo-e passports are going to look awesome

When Japanese travelers go abroad, they’ll be taking some of the country’s most famous and beautiful examples of woodblock print artwork with them.

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Need a whale-ly cool party idea? Make your own easy and fun banana dolphins! 【DIY】

We’ll show you how to put on a dolphin show without having to jump through hoops.

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World’s only Michelin-starred ramen is getting an instant noodle convenience store version

Famous Tokyo restaurant teams up with Circle K and Sunkus chains.

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Japan gets world’s strongest carbonated Pepsi, packaged in a new reinforced bottle

While a one-litre (two-pint) bottle of Pepsi usually contains 1.0 GV (gas volume), these much smaller bottles now pack 5.0 GV in more than half the size.

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An ad agency created a dinner plate that cuts 30 calories from each meal

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Synchronized dance group World Order stars in new commercial showcasing basic business skills

The crisply suited men of World Order are here to teach you some basic Japanese business tricks (and advertise an energy drink while they’re at it).

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Starbucks Japan’s new Baked Cheesecake Frappuccinos promise to be both cheesy and awesome

The coffeehouse is giving Japan something to look forward to during the dreaded rainy season.

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Heartwarming video tells the story of a blind man and his armless friend who planted a forest

These two men in China show us that no obstacle is a match for the bond of friendship.

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