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Five awkward moments that prove you’ve finally nailed that whole “living in Japan” thing

Here are five awkward, bittersweet moments that’ll make you realise you’ve finally become a seasoned expat…

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The top five surprising observations of a Japanese student visiting an American university

A Japanese university student shares her most memorable observations after a short visit to an American university town.

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A rare look at Beijing in the 1920s【Video】

What did China’s capital look like before everyone had a camera in their pocket? This rare historical footage gives us all a unique look at Beijing just under a century ago.

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30 Photos that perfectly capture everyday life in the Philippines【Photos】

We spent a day taking photos from the back of a pick-up truck in the Philippines. This is what we saw…

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Picture scrolls reveal chibi-fied art of horrific event from over four centuries ago

We’re not art experts, but the disproportionate figures have us pretty convinced that they’re early super deformed art.

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Samurai photo studio is coming back to Tokyo this spring, just in time for cherry blossom season

Time to strap on your katana and kabuto, history buffs.

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7 things Japanese people in international marriages wish they’d known before tying the knot

Is your Darling a Foreigner? Then you might want to read this list of seven things to think about before putting a ring on it.

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Sword enthusiasts, here’s the katana documentary you won’t want to miss! 【Video】

This ultra high-definition documentary is scheduled to come out this year. You can help support its production, and get some pretty cool things for doing so too!

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Images of 1930s China emerge online, leave us wanting more【Photos】

Twenty-four enchanting images of China now available to us thanks to quite the unexpected source.

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Gorgeous traditional Japanese chest of drawers is also a rolling suitcase 【Video】

Centuries-old aesthetics meet modern travel convenience.

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Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】

Having beans thrown at you, being glared at while sitting in a flower…what horror!

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Luna’s ancient Korean instrument beautifully interprets Adele’s voice, rock classics【Video】

Kick back and listen to Luna Lee gorgeously plays hits like “Stairway to Heaven,” “Voodoo Child,” “Back in Black,” and Adele’s “Hello” on a 1,500-year-old Korean instrument.

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Comedian Atsugiri Jason irks Japanese net users with offhand comment

Newly-minted minor celebrity and comedian Atsugiri Jason has raised Japanese hackles with a throwaway tweet that mildly criticized Japanese culture.

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Wearing a white mask will make you less attractive, according to Japanese researchers’ experiment

Experiments’ results found similar effects for men and women.

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Try traditional Japanese yabusame horseback archery from the back of a moving taxi in Yokohama

For two days only, you’ll be able to try your hand at “Taxi Yabusame”, which involves hitting nine targets from the backseat of a cab.

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Survey suggests that almost 40 percent of Japanese men are reluctant to eat alone in public

Apparently, some Japanese men really don’t like to eat alone in public. But are they simply too shy, or is there something else going on?

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Old postcards reveal famous Japanese tourist spots as they appeared 100 years ago

Glossy postcards of today have nothing on these atmospheric images.

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7 odd behaviors in Japan as seen by Chinese tourists

Last year about 5 million Chinese tourists visited Japan, and Chinese website NetEase was kind enough to compile a list of seven of Japan’s most unusual habits according to them.

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Japanese company develops unique “Air Bonsai” that floats and rotates in mid-air【Video】

This is the first time we’ve ever seen a levitating bonsai.

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What a powerpoint presentation by the Tokugawa Shogunate would look like in Edo period Japan

In an era of executions and forced suicides, this is one presentation you wouldn’t want to doze off in.

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