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Student creates captivating display of “floating whales” to symbolise Buddhism’s Six Realms

People have been blown away by the beauty of the whales and their intricate submerged worlds.

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Blooming Thai actress “Yoshi” is enchanting the hearts of millions around Asia 【Pictures】

Meet the beautiful and talented Thai university student who goes by the name of Yoshi Rinrada—and is capturing hearts all over Asia!

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Snow falling at Ginzan Hot Spring has Twitter in awe with its otherworldly beauty 【Photos】

No, that’s not a screenshot from a Ghibli Film, it’s real life!

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Chinese rock stars in rocks – depicting music gods as temples devoted to them【Art】

Artist mixes rock music with Buddhist and Confucian architecture for peak imagery.

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Motonosumi Inari Shrine: a site of beauty in Japan that tourists are yet to discover

There’s more to this unusual shrine than its stunning red torii gates that lead down to the Sea of Japan.

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Photos of Antarctica captured by Japanese photographer KAGAYA are absolutely stunning!

Photos taken in Antarctica by digital artist and astrophotographer KAGAYA have been getting lots of love on the Japanese internet—and we can certainly see why!

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How do you make cosplayers levitate? Put them in a pool, like in these awesome videos 【Video】

Video showing the making of new PlayStation game’s commercials goes behind the scenes, and under the water, of cosplay.

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Japanese netizens shocked by the sight of sumo wrestlers bathing in hot spring

Who says sumo wrestlers can’t be sexy? (Slightly NSFW, but nothing more than you’d see during a typical sumo match.)

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Tokyo looks eerily awesome in the fog 【Photos】

Or should that be awesomely eerie?

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“Painter x Lyrics: Flower Edition” art book turns music lyrics into gorgeous illustrations

Lovers of Japanese music and art rejoice, because the second volume of the Painter x Lyrics (絵師×歌詞) art book series went on sale on November 20!

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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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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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37 amazing photographs of the people of old Japan living their daily lives 【Photos】

Earlier this month, we looked at a collection of photos taken by the late Kusakabe Kimbei that showed the cityscapes of Japan as they looked in the late 1800s, right before the country’s rapid modernization. But Kimbei didn’t just photograph Japan, he also photographed the Japanese, so today we’re taking another trip back in time, but with a more personal touch, with dozens of photographs that show what daily life was like for the people of Japan generations ago.

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Epic lantern festival in Niigata rivals the Yi Peng festival in sheer beauty【Photos & Video】

If you are in Niigata this March, you can live out your Tangled fantasy with a breathtaking view of floating lanterns that rival the beauty of the Disney movie and the festival in Thailand that inspired the film’s iconic scene.

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Galaxy in a bauble: Japanese artist creates spacescape pendants from glass, opals, and gold

Satoshi Tomizu calls his amazing creations Space Glass, and there’s really no better way to describe them.

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These gorgeous photos of 19th century Japan might as well be a time machine 【Photos】

Take a trip back to 1800s Japan with this collection of breathtaking photographs.

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Ramp up your drinking game with beautiful Mt. Fuji rocks and tumbler glasses

Anyone who has climbed Mt. Fuji knows that besides the view, the best feeling is cracking open a drink at the summit. Is there anything more picturesque than standing on top of Japan and taking a nice long pull from a drink you most certainly earned?

Now you can bring back those memories while at sea-level with this beautiful glass that will turn all your drinks into a scene so beautiful you’ll want to write a haiku about it.

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Four awesomely beautiful shrines for your next trip through off-the-beaten-path Japan

Any proper itinerary for a trip across Japan should include stops in its three most famous Shinto shrines: Hiroshima’s Itsukushima Shrine, Kyoto’s Heian Shrine, and the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Those, however, are just the tip of Japan’s iceberg of breathtaking sacred Shinto spots.

Even if you’ve got no pressing interest in Japan’s indigenous religion, its shrines are often sites of breathtaking natural and architectural beauty, and here are four that, while off the beaten path, are not to be missed.

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Kyoto’s Rurikoin Temple to offer stunning views of autumn leaves for a limited time next month

Tourists flock to Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto during the cherry blossom-viewing days of spring, but equally stunning are the sights of brilliantly colored autumn leaves amidst ancient structures that have remained undisturbed for hundreds of years.

One particular temple, Rurikoin, stands on the edge of the city and is a paradise for photographers during the autumn months, as well as visitors who didn’t even know they had an artistic side yet spend hours playing with different lighting effects there. While Rurikoin is not always open for general admission from year to year, we’re in luck because this year the building will indeed open its doors for the span of one short month.

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Don’t be fooled by the rocks they got, the Final Fantasy team needs more from around the block

It’s hard to say which game is more highly anticipated, Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts 3, but with both of them tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release date, we just might find out. Or not…because a recent tweet about the latest Final Fantasy game is causing us to believe that a 2016 release date could be a pipe dream. Although there has been no delay announced, if the date is pushed back it might be in part due to the rocky situation they are in: they need more rocks!

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