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Latest Japanese lifehack shows how to store exercise balls … with nothing but a corner ceiling

It might look like magic, but these balls can actually be stored in the ceiling without the use of any racks, hooks or netting.

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The ita-bag contest showcases your favorite anime characters in the most painful way【Photos】

The results are a bright kaleidoscope of repetition and fandom that makes our eyes burn.

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Octopus balls become octopus planets with amazing tweak to takoyaki recipe

Takoyaki dumplings are a ubiquitous snack in Japan, but we’ve never seen them like this before!

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How to travel from one end of Japan to the other by train for less than 25 bucks

For the price of a couple beers in a Tokyo bar, you can go all the way from the eastern capital to the southwestern island of Kyushu.

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Star of Summer Lesson virtual reality game steps out into the real world as life-size figurine

The Japanese schoolgirl star even comes with a personalised CD so you can listen to her calling you by name.

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“Drunk Mode” added to Japanese rail navigation smartphone app

Too tipsy to type? One tap will find the way home for you, plus tell you how much time you’ve got before your night out becomes an all-nighter.

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Send a free drink to a friend with Japan’s newest coinless vending machines【Video】

We try out the new system at a high-tech digital vending machine in Tokyo.

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Ninja shortage! Nagoya company’s HR crunch may be your gain as it looks to hire full-time shinobi

Ninja team in one of Japan’s largest cities needs new members, and neither Japanese fluency nor citizenship is required.

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All-night, all-free cosplay event to be held at Tokyo bookstore, applications now being accepted

Love of anime, light novels, and/or costuming essential, desire to actually sleep optional.

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J-rocker Gackt further proves his coolness with surprise performance at middle school graduation

In what’s become an annual tradition, the star musician gave a group of teens the surprise of their young lives.

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Anime pro father and sons’ collaborative artwork series has somehow become even more awesome

Two young boys’ imaginations and one loving father’s artistic skills continue to combine with amazing results.

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Cute cat shows off incredible skills with cup-and-ball game【Video】

No matter how many times the cups are moved, this cat always knows which cup the ball is in.

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Japan’s hip-hop dancing granny shows off her moves in new “Rice Dance” video

There’s no better way to promote the nation’s rice crops than with a grandmother and two girls in kimono dancing at famous landmarks around Tokyo.

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New sleep cafe opens in Japan, offers free coffee and luxurious naps to visitors

Now you can nap in a $9,000 bed and enjoy mood lighting and soothing music with your coffee for a limited time in Tokyo.

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Japan’s amazing screen door video game artist is back with new NES-inspired projects【Photos】

Intricate process creates characters that look as cool now as they did in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras.

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The Pokémon Pokéwalker pedometer has been hiding a secret message for the last eight years

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver accessory once again shows that Nintendo will not be rushed in showing its hand.

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Giant mecha spotted on Japanese highway by anime fan motorist【Video】

Patlabor’s Ingram is out on patrol.

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“Drinkable cream puffs” arriving in Japan, courtesy of new beverage from Beard Papa

Just when you thought Japanese vending machines couldn’t get any more awesome, here comes an awesome-sounding dessert drink.

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Tokyo’s giant Gundam statue dismantled in anime-like scene that’s warming the hearts of fans

The significance of the event is being felt by everyone, even the workers who stopped to pose with photos of the mecha’s gigantic detached body parts.

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Jaw-dropping Japanese “sea of clouds” is a great reason to visit Tokyo’s northern neighbor

Just a few hours outside of Tokyo, but visually worlds away.

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