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Japanese association loses faith in users following non-return of 1,100 free loan umbrellas

Loan services could be set to disappear with organisations now running dangerously low on stock.

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A visit to Japan’s centuries-old boob temple

While men are understandably drawn to it, it’s women who are said to benefit the most from worshipping here.

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AI learns how to colorize photos, makes old Japan pictures look like they were taken today【Pics】

And the process it uses to color them isn’t what you might expect.

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Japan’s new traffic cones come with built-in Jizō Bosatsu, the protective deity of travellers

There’s no better way to look after the roads than with built-in protection from one of Japan’s most revered deities.

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Stunning 4K videos of Dazaifu shrine will make you want a nicer screen and a ticket to Fukuoka

Unlike yours truly, Japan looks even better in super high def.

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Godzilla vs. Evangelion towels need all of Japan as stage big enough to contain their awesomeness

Culturally cool tenugui let you show your love of Eva Units, kaiji, and your favorite Japanese prefecture all at once.

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Kyoto Starbucks’s elegant over-river seating might make it the country’s coolest coffeehouse

Seattle-based chain adapts to Kyoto style with summertime seats that offer a taste of traditional culture as you sip your coffee.

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8 types of customer that irk supermarket store clerks in Japan

Can you see yourself in any of these annoying customer profiles?

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Kendo mask chopstick rests bring samurai spirit to any meal

Now you can practice your master swordsmanship skills with chopsticks and a miniature ceramic opponent.

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What’s the point? Young Japanese professionals list five business manners they find unnecessary

With rules regarding everything from tea to elevators, some new employees think it’s all too much.

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Ancient Japanese earthenware plate with pawprint proves cats have always done their own thing

Centuries-old earthenware plate gets a special assist from a kitty in becoming an ultra-rare, ultra-cute antique.

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Crazy convenience store photo shows the secret ingredient powering ancient Japanese festival

Tradition and community are great, but there’s one more thing this Nagano celebration gets a boost from.

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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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