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Japanese shrine maiden roomwear officially on sale, looks divinely cute, heavenly comfortable

Cozy Shinto-style fashion for relaxing at home.

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Do Japanese people kiss in Public? 【Interview】

Are Japanese people down for PDA? It depends on a surprising variety of factors!

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Survey reveals the most popular time to slip into a yukata at a traditional Japanese inn

Before bathing? After bathing? As soon as you arrive? Or not at all? Find out when most people usually change into yukata when staying at a ryokan.

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

Get ready to cover your ears, because these are some of the worst sounds made in Japan.

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Whoa, dude, check out how cute that Buddhist altar/anime girl is!

The butsudan, a traditional religious home furnishing, is the latest unlikely muse for Japan’s continuing anthropomorphization craze.

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Japanese TV show guest finds heirloom tea bowl is one of only four pieces like it in the world

Centuries-old ceramic vessel could be worth as much as 1.6 billion yen (US$13.7 million).

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strange things Japanese people do for Christmas【Weird Top Five】

What? It’s just a knife to cut the traditional Christmas cake!

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Six uniquely Osaka experiences

After living in Tokyo for ten years, our Osaka-born writer Seiji Nakazawa shares some experiences from his hometown he thought were normal but actually weren’t.

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Japanese film “Behind THE COVE” defends whaling and dolphin-hunting, screens in the U.S.【Video】

New Japanese film asks, “Who decides which animals are okay to eat and which animals aren’t?”

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What makes a Japanese woman think she and a guy have become lovers? Survey investigates

Physical and mental connections alike show up in the top responses.

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Japan’s government reconsiders plan to change country’s iconic hot spring symbol after backlash

Two prefectures, both famous for their onsen, are particularly opposed to the switch.

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Amateur filmmaker’s videos are a time capsule of Tokyo in the year 1990 【Video】


Take a trip back to the metropolis at the peak of the Bubble Era with this fascinating series of candid video montages.

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More Japanese are marrying friends and acquaintances because they don’t want to bother with dating

Japan’s latest buzzword, “Marriage sans dating,” sheds some light on new Japanese romantic customs.

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Japanese Twitter user reveals the secret gift foreigners love to get from Japanese tourists

It’s cheap, easy, and it makes their Naruto dreams come true.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 crazy awesome features of Japanese restaurants 【Weird Top Five】

Five reasons why dining in Japan may be the best in the world.

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Survey finds more than half of Japanese women’s nieces don’t call them “aunt”

Culture and linguistics make the most obvious form of address an unpopular choice.

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Japan’s new Rilakkuma incense lets you put your deceased relatives’ souls at ease

Just because your loved ones have moved on from this world doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate a little cuteness.

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“Cat shrine” status causing problems for Japan’s millennium-old Izumoiwai Shrine

Priests struggling to humanely keep cat population under control, asking for visitors’ help.

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Tokyo’s beautiful new license plates are based on one of Japan’s most famous woodblock paintings

Ukiyo-e master Hokusai’s iconic seascape is now appearing on eligible motor vehicles in the capital.

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New interactive video takes you through traditional and modern Japan in three minutes 【Video】

From well-known tourist spots to more obscure sites and mysterious activities, this beautiful new video will make you want to pack your bags and head to Japan!

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