culture

Nagoya Castle’s concrete keep to be demolished and replaced with traditional wooden structure

After months of debate, Nagoya city council approves 50 billion-yen (US$451 million) budget.

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Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers

Japanese tourists wearing everyday casual flu masks apparently caused upset amongst supermarket shoppers in British seaside town

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Travelers choose Japan’s top 10 historic hotels and ryokan inns

It’s almost like sightseeing while you sleep!

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Gorgeous colorized photos show daily life in Meiji Era Japan

And you can download them for free!

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Enjoy sake with ikebana with this English-friendly event series

It’s not getting drunk, it’s getting cultured! And drunk.

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Cosplay indoors with new range of Taisho Roman schoolgirl costumes from Japan

Now you can relax around the home in a traditional outfit worn by schoolgirls during the romantic Taisho period.

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81-year-old Japanese woman learns programming from scratch, makes cool mobile game

Programming isn’t just a young person’s game anymore.

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Miss Manners: A pro gives us pointers on Japanese dining decorum

Uh oh, have you been behaving like an oafish gaijin?

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Japan’s Kashima Shrine has a beautiful, sacred spring hiding behind its main buildings

Serene waters have been purifying worshipers for centuries.

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J-pop idol group gives us a lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses【Video】

Do you know the names of all these Japanese photo poses that have appeared over the years?
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Japan’s largest housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords

It may not be the first, but it is easily the largest service of its kind.

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Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot

With the controversy over the model’s Vogue photos ongoing, has anyone bothered to check on how Japan feels?

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Fashionably fragrant gift idea: J-Scent, perfumes that capture the aromas of Japan

And we don’t mean the smell of drunk, sweaty salarymen on a crowded train.

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Japanese high schoolers show off how their classes celebrate Valentine’s Day at school

Valentine’s Day is the one day in Japan when anime becomes real life.

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Kyoto temple’s women-only mausoleum accepts women who don’t want to share their husband’s grave

Zuishinin Temple is there for women who say one lifetime together is enough.

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Tattooed Japanese woman suing nursing school after being suspended because of her ink

Attorney for single mother says she can’t afford to pay to have her tattoos removed.

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Need a soak? Amazing interactive map lists every public bath and day-use hot spring in Tokyo

Whether you’re a backpacker looking to clean yourself up or just want to experience this aspect of traditional Japanese culture, hundreds of options are at your fingertips.

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Survey finds big gap in Japanese train passengers who want to sit next to someone of opposite sex

But sometimes the driving factor is who they don’t want to sit by instead.

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Japanese women explain why they give “obligation chocolate” to male coworkers on Valentine’s Day

Despite the oppressive-sounding name, many see an upside to the practice.

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Chart showing Thailand’s 18 genders challenges the idea that there is only “male” and “female”

Is 18 genders too many? Or too few?

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