Sleep in a bookshelf at the new bookstore-themed hostel in Kyoto

This brand new space has 5,000 books for guests to read, a special bar stocked with local beers, and bunks inside the shelves to sleep in.

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Japanese teams use orange flags as a tsunami alert signal for swimmers and surfers

The new orange flag warning system aims to help those at sea become aware of an earthquake or tsunami before it’s too late.

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Capsule toy pinwheel lets you trick your secret crush into taking a kissy-face photo 【Video】

“Would you close your eyes and blow on this for me?”

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Bulma’s Dragon Radar is now up for grabs for those who wish to summon the Eternal Dragon

The new gadget is part of the celebrations for the Dragon Ball anime’s 30th anniversary, which first aired on February 26, 1986.

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New live action Japanese comedy will star Jesus Christ and Buddha hanging out together

Saint Young Men, a popular manga series starring the two religious figures, will make the jump to live-action next year.

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Hip hop trio dance to Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, teach us all that age is no barrier to anything【Vid】

They might have an average age of 59 years between them, but these ladies show they can still kick it with the young crowd in this new dance video.

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Fukuoka amusement park draws anger for skating atop 5,000 sea creatures frozen in ice

SpaceWorld’s “Aquarium of Ice” has been under fire by animal rights supporters for their unique attraction. But is it really all that it seems?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the comedy stylings of Vladimir Putin 【Video】

Russian President Vladimir Putin shows his playful side by only making a veiled threat against neighboring countries.

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Toyota’s new Mark X car paints a picture that depicts its Japanese roots【Video】

It doesn’t take a wind god and a thunder god to explain how good your car is, but it certainly helps.

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Unbelievable photographs of snowflakes from Tokyo’s recent snowstorm taken with iPhones 【Pics】

Japanese Twitter users capture incredibly beautiful snowflake shapes.

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Stunning works of art in various mediums, all inspired by Ghibli classics 【Pics】

Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and other favorites inspire some new masterpieces.

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City that inspired settings in hit anime “Your Name” sees unbelievable boost in tourist dollars

Hida City, Gifu Prefecture rakes in a whopping 18.5 billion yen in tourist dollars as fans of the film make pilgrimages to the region.

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Japanese gamers anxious to get hands on South Korea’s latest hit: Destiny Child 【Pics, Videos】

You really ought to check out the video, because screenshots don’t do justice to this visually impressive game for Android and iOS devices.

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The Rabito chair is a cute, stylish place for big and small to park their buns

Become one with the bun.

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We take a tour through Japan’s largest prison


Our Japanese-language writer, Yuichiro Wasai, offers a rare look inside the country’s largest prison with a series of original drawings!

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Japanese adult video game voice actress does announcements at JR Niigata Station 【Videos】

Let the voice from Pregnancy Academy and Crime Breast Bounce guide you to the bullet train.

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Hit anime Your Name inspires fashion line with gorgeous watches, bag, and umbrella 【Photos】

Umbrella includes romantic red string of fate, while the bag has a special secret.

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Insane Japanese Twitter user does the unthinkable: beats Pokémon Sun/Moon only using Magikarp

Who knew that all this time Magikarp was a beefcake beast?

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Japan’s anime waist skirts have become a line of femininely fashionable one-piece dresses

Clever styling cues give wearer a slender silhouette and visually longer legs.

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Japanese mayor responds to public after “spamusement park” onsen video reaches 1 million views

The mayor who pledged to create an onsen amusement park if his video received a million views now has another message for the public.

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