culture

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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Awesome Pokémon osechi New Year’s meals elegantly blend Japan’s traditional and pop culture

Pikachu is ready to help you ring in the new year with 24 auspicious dishes served inside a giant Poké Ball!

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Collection of Osamu Tezuka’s erotic animal manga sketches published for first time, available now

Creator of Astro Boy also had a knack for drawing sexy mouse ladies.

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Religious chocolate nipples ranging from young girls to mature ladies launched in Japan

Japan has somehow managed to combine nipples and Buddhist temples to create sacred nipple chocolates.

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Meet the “world’s best dressed farmer,” Japan’s Kiyoto Saito 【Video】

This stylish young man is making news internationally for working on his rice farm every day in a suit.

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Edo era-themed sushi restaurant to bring delicious food, historical decor to Tokyo this month

Take a trip back in time, and enjoy some sushi while you’re at it!

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The wasabi you eat probably isn’t wasabi, according to new video from Japan

With beautiful images of pristine Japanese countryside, this clip explains why real wasabi is hard to find.

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Animated GIFs of traditional Japanese woodworking joints are mesmerising to watch

Exploring the many ways wood pieces can slot into each other is the most strangely satisfying experience we’ve had today!

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Pokémon becomes fine art with series of two hand-crafted Pikachu woodblock prints fans can buy

Pokémon look more distinguished than ever in authentic ukiyo-e that pay homage to a pair of feudal Japan’s greatest artists.

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10 scary situations Japanese men psych themselves up for with alcohol 【Survey】

Bosses and girls appear in list of times that call for liquid courage.

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5 things about Japanese customer service that surprise foreign visitors

In Japan, the customer is God, and sometimes that means going above and beyond to please with distinctive styles of service.

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Hana Komon: Japan’s beautiful, samurai-style floral birthday crests

These emblems are more personal than a birthstone, and more inclusive than the family crests of Japan’s noble houses.

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Japan’s Kodo taiko group creates awesome new performance with 3D sound technology

The stunning sound and visuals in this new clip are designed to transport viewers to a Japanese festival as part of a new website for foreign tourists.

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Should you say “Itadakimasu,” Japan’s pre-meal expression of thanks, when eating by yourself?

Our Japanese-language writer used to give himself a pass, until he encountered a woman who changed his mind.

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20 signs that a woman should think about quitting the Japanese company she works for

While perseverance is a trait to be admired, there comes a point where “Suck it up, buttercup” is just terrible career advice.

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Increasing number of women leave rice behind at revolving sushi train restaurants in Japan

Unless sushi train restaurants add a new dish to their menus, the wasteful trend looks set to continue.

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Japanese love hotel makes plans to apply for Guinness World Record

The reason for their entry will surprise you.

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Amazing exhibition of Japan’s legendary “cursed katana” is going on right now【Photos】

Don’t forget to purify your soul before heading to this museum’s display of samurai swords that were designed to do just one thing: kill.

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Modern Primitives: New exhibit wonders what Jomon-period tattoos might have looked like【Photos】

The Jomon Tribe project delves into Japan’s prehistoric mystery with a stunning new photographic exhibition.

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