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Increasing number of Japanese ditching traditional attitudes about weddings and funerals

Less income means less desire and less money to spend on major life events.

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Former Tokyo graphic artist makes beautiful, traditional art from twisted paper【Pics】

Traditionally given as engagement gifts, this art form goes back for centuries, and even today is perfect for when a simple card just won’t do!

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Volunteer craftsman traveling to Kumamoto to repair earthquake-damaged family heirloom ceramics

Plans to use traditional Japanese kintsugi techniques to make them look as good as new, or perhaps even better.

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New interview series with China’s unmarried women shows, shrinks attitude gap between generations

Follow-up interviews to the dramatic Marriage Market Takeover documentary shed light on the beliefs of China’s “Leftover Women” and their parents’ eroding difficulties in accepting them

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Famous Japanese painter’s centuries-old cat artwork proves Japan has always loved felines

One of the Meiji Period’s most prolific artists painted more cats than you might have expected.

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Should healthy young men sit in Japanese trains’ priority seats for the elderly and pregnant?

The obvious answer would seem to be “No,” but our Japanese-language reporter has a unique alternate perspective.

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Kansai Electric celebrates turning 65 with a look into the past

The Osaka area’s Kansai Electric Power Company, also known as KEPCO, has recently released a new commercial that’s a nostalgia-inducing picture-walk through the last 65 years of life in Japan.

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Gorgeous Japanese tatami reed book covers, card holders a fresh outlet for old-school style

Paper-based media alone not traditional enough for you? Try pairing it with these.

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Four misinformed fantasies men have about Japanese women, according to university students

Wait, you mean some women can’t cook?

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Traditional Japanese cultural trivia of the day: Bonseki rocks! (literally)

You’re probably familiar with bonsai, but what exactly is its other traditional art form cousin, bonseki?
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What do Japanese people think of “weeaboos”?【Video】

Weeaboos often get a bad rap for being out of touch with reality and over-idealising Japan. But what do ordinary Japanese people think of them?

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Nearly one in four Japanese adults admits to crying in the office bathroom in new survey

Heading to the office in Japan? Don’t forget your bento boxed lunch…and your tissues.

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New Shibuya capsule hotel targets women visiting from overseas with gorgeous bath and more

Looking for an inexpensive, relaxing place to stay in Shibuya? Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuy may be just what you want!

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YouTuber conducts social experiment to test Japanese people’s legendary honesty 【Video】

How many Japanese passerby return the lost wallet to its owner?

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Japanese people react to “But we’re speaking Japanese!” video, and it’s kind of stunning

What do ordinary Japanese people think of a viral video which depicts a situation wherein a Japanese person is unable to process foreigners’ fluent Japanese?

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You know you’re in Japan when…【List】

“You know you’ve been in Japan too long when you start bowing on the telephone” is an old classic. But how about those things that, even if you haven’t been here long, still make you stop and think, yup, this is definitely Japan!

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Even Japanese people sometimes think bowing can be needlessly complicated, video shows 【Video】

If you’re starting a new job, you might want to stretch out your back before showing up at the office for your first day.

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Five awkward moments that prove you’ve finally nailed that whole “living in Japan” thing

Here are five awkward, bittersweet moments that’ll make you realise you’ve finally become a seasoned expat…

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The top five surprising observations of a Japanese student visiting an American university

A Japanese university student shares her most memorable observations after a short visit to an American university town.

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A rare look at Beijing in the 1920s【Video】

What did China’s capital look like before everyone had a camera in their pocket? This rare historical footage gives us all a unique look at Beijing just under a century ago.

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