culture

Triumph lingerie company creates sake underwear using fabric made with Japanese rice wine

Finally! Wearable sake!

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Theory that men cannot beat women at Japanese karuta card game has Internet nodding in agreement

Tongue-in-cheek explanation says that men’s love of breasts means they don’t have the mental fortitude required to win in co-ed competition.

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Video game battles as woodblock prints, “Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights” now available online 【Pics】

Over ten new designs showing off battles so epic they transcend art periods.

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Five things that shock Japanese people living abroad

Travel-broadened Japanese Twitter users share their stories of culture shock and pleasant surprises.

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Edible origami! Japanese cooks use paper-folding technique to make beautiful, delicious snacks

Japan’s traditional art of paper-folding turns out to be useful in the kitchen too.

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No, Japan doesn’t have a special phrase for “mansplaining” on Twitter

“FF gai kara shitsurei shimasu” has nothing to do with men or explaining.

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First-ever electronic taiko developed with help from world-famous Japanese drum troupe

Kodo drummers help modern technology blend with one of Japan’s most traditional instruments.

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Japan is running out of swordsmiths, and a strict apprenticeship requirement is a big reason why

Want to make katana for a living? Hope you don’t mind not getting paid a single yen for the next five years.

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Japanese Tumblr user drops hammer on debate of if Caucasian girl’s Japan-themed party was racist

“The only people who think culture shouldn’t be shared are racists like you.”

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This mooing chicken-headed eel in the supermarket has a lot to teach us about Japan

Join us as we attempt to unravel the cultural enigma of the chicken-eel that goes “Mooooooo!!”

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Draw-your-own fox charms are one of the highlights of Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari Shrine

Go for the history and culture. Stay for the silly artwork.

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Famous philosophers reimagined as cute anime boys by Japanese student cramming for entrance exams

Would anime-style Descartes say “I think, therefor I super deformed am?”

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Japan’s floral birthday crests now available as beautiful personalized seals

Full array of 366 hana komon, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism, is on offer.

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Gorgeous cat-themed Japanese gift envelopes: A perfect way to say congratulations to feline fans

Traditional Japanese art form gets an added kitty quotient.

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Tokyo Olympics committee head: Manga parade would be good for opening ceremonies, but not kabuki

Chairman singles out two aspects of Japanese traditional culture that people of other nations “wouldn’t understand.”

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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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Tokyo “couple-busting” company finds who your spouse is cheating with, becomes friends with them

What better way to convince your spouse to stop cheating than by hiring a “friend” to tell them to quit?

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W.T.F. Japan: One year anniversary special! Top 5 W.T.F. Japan articles 【Weird Top Five】

Plus a special announcement about the W.T.F. series!

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Young Japanese women pick least favorite ways they feel pressured to socialize with coworkers

Drinking with the boss is only the second-biggest complaint in survey.

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Origami and bonsai combine in gorgeous handmade creations from Japanese artist【Photos】

Hundreds of origami components make up each of these beautiful “Trees of Cranes.”

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