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Japanese artist thrills Twitter with stop-motion anime that plays out like a short film 【Video】

With action, humour and a twist ending, it’s easy to see why this captivating anime has become so popular online.

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Japanese cafe tops its shaved ice with fire for an impossibly delicious treat【Video】

It’s not often that you find a dessert that can give you a brain freeze and third-degree burns, so we had to try it for ourselves.

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Grimoire backpack is a practical way to proclaim your love for magical fantasies

A stylish must-have for the lord of the books.

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Legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan’s Five Swords Under Heaven, now on display in Tokyo

One of Japan’s most beautiful and important katana is proving popular with history buffs and young ladies alike.

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Pitch-black instant ramen added to Cup Noodle lineup to fill dark hole in our ramen-loving hearts

Special ingredient makes for an instant ramen that looks like no other.

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Work meeting isn’t going anywhere? Suntory suggests cracking open a (non-alcoholic) beer

Suntory plans to install non-alcoholic beer vending machines in Japanese offices for workers who could use a drink while on the job.

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Japanese cosplayer creates impressive replica of Monster Hunter’s heavy bowgun

Why hunt monsters with a sword when you can do it with a massive cosplay rifle?

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Amazing hair product cleverly disguises bald spots, shocks Japanese Twitter 【Video】

It may be a temporary solution, but the results are undeniable.

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Sushi-delivering robots to go into operation in Japan next month

If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we have robots deliver our sushi? Oh, wait, apparently we can do that too.

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Think mosquitoes suck? Japan’s Shock Extermination Stick lets you suck some mosquitoes instead

Eliminate your insect enemies with the powers of vortexes and electricity.

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Hokkaido’s breathtaking Blue Pond is exactly as advertised【Photos】

After turning brown for a brief period, the body of water is back to beautiful blue.

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Animegane: World’s first anime eyewear store opens in Akihabara

Whether you’re after Boruto spectacles or glasses from Maho Girls Pretty Cure!, this new store has a huge selection of anime styles to choose from.

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Real-life Japan continues to look like bad Photoshop as penguins “fly” in the Tokyo sky【Photos】

The flightless birds seemingly soar without any CG or image-doctoring.

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Tokyo cafe ditches bread, makes its sandwiches with slices of cake instead

Never eaten beef and cake in the same bite? Neither had we, until now, but we’re glad we finally did.

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Tokyo company plays Rocky theme for workers every day to cut overtime, boost productivity

Employees show increased ability to eat lightning, crap thunder, and actually go home on time.

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Japanese photographer brings eerie life to children’s playgrounds with surreal pictures 【Photos】

Places of joy and delight by day, unearthly creatures by night.

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Japan Railways wants to build a team of robots to help travelers, catch criminals in its stations

JR East sets up new company to help make its robot-filled vision of the future a reality.

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Elf Earphones from Japan are an awesomely affordable choice for lovers of fantasy and music【Pics】

Is this why they say elves can hear the melody of the wind?

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Korean illusion artist Dain Yoon’s work will make you question reality【Photos】

Let’s just say I’ve had to do a lot of double takes when writing this article.

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Behold the most realistic miso soup novelty smartphone stand known to man

The modern Japanese art of fake food samples has given birth to this stand which beautifully merges the heights of both elegance and kitsch.

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