culture

Men’s nipple covers may just be the dating solution Japan is looking for【Video】

Looking nipple-less may just be the next fashion trend.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 hardest Japanese habits to break 【Weird Top Five】

After living in Japan for a while, chances are you’ll be handcuffed to these new habits.

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Taiwan’s host of mascot characters invade Japan, bring own brand of cuteness to the country

Watch out Japan, these oddly adorable mascots are coming in strong!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 nicest sounds in Japan【Weird Top Five】

Sounds that you just want to close your eyes and savor.

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Beautiful Japanese artist creates masterpieces with stunning calligraphy performances【Video】

Watching this calligrapher at work is strangely thrilling and relaxing at the same time.

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Traditional artisans come together to create ukiyo-e enhanced Rolling Stones merchandise

Available are limited-edition woodblock prints, T-shirts, and tote bags!

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Beautiful ukiyo-e woodblock print artwork appears on three of Japan’s premium beer brands

The works of Hokusai and others, admired for more than a century, lend a touch of class to your appreciation of a cold one.

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Asian foreigners give their thoughts on what life is like being Asian in Japan

Much has been written about the experience of being a Western-looking foreigner in Japan. But what is the situation like for foreigners of Asian backgrounds?

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Kimono Project is creating a different kimono to represent every country on Earth【Photos】

Crowdfunding campaign opens for Japanese international friendship initiative’s gorgeous designs.

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The top 20 places to visit in Tokyo, as chosen by travelers

From elegant gardens to stoic shrines and museums of fine art, Tokyo is full of places to stimulate the mind, soothe the soul, and please the senses.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 “shikata ga nai” (“it can’t be helped”) situations in Japan【Weird Top Five】

Things that “can’t be helped” in Japan, but are maybe a little different elsewhere in the world.

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Emperors, anime icons, and porn stars show up in six-nation survey of most famous Japanese people

Respondents in the U.S., China, and four other countries’ top 10 answers included Pokémon, military leaders, and adult film actresses.

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Sleep like a samurai – Travel provider offers one-night stay in a Japanese castle

Free package includes dinner modeled after meals eaten by feudal lords

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“Your face here” cut-out board at Mt Fuji sightseeing spot puzzles people around Japan

So does this mean you have to do a headstand to insert your face into the comic panel?

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Asian muscle men featured in steamy photos with cultural flavor

These guys must be from Southeast Asia because they are hot and steamy!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 confusing Japanese hand gestures【Weird Top Five】

Am I supposed to be insulted or flattered by that?

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“Fragile” moving box design shows Japanese moving companies’ legendary dedication to detail

Japan, where movers actually care about your stuff even more than you do.

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Bloomberg’s video makes Japanese business etiquette seem way more complicated than it really is

Common sense will actually keep you pretty safe when navigating the “etiquette minefield” of a job interview in Japan.

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Our Japanese-language reporter dishes on the differences between cool guys in Tokyo and Osaka

Seiji Nakazawa, our Osaka-raised correspondent, shares what he thinks the region-based criteria are for ikemen in Japan’s two major cites.

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Japan’s new edible chopsticks have a special flavor, but don’t taste like “food”

Bold innovation isn’t motivated by ecological concerns, but a desire to preserve a part of Japanese agricultural heritage.

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