culture

Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot

With the controversy over the model’s Vogue photos ongoing, has anyone bothered to check on how Japan feels?

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Fashionably fragrant gift idea: J-Scent, perfumes that capture the aromas of Japan

And we don’t mean the smell of drunk, sweaty salarymen on a crowded train.

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Japanese high schoolers show off how their classes celebrate Valentine’s Day at school

Valentine’s Day is the one day in Japan when anime becomes real life.

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Kyoto temple’s women-only mausoleum accepts women who don’t want to share their husband’s grave

Zuishinin Temple is there for women who say one lifetime together is enough.

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Tattooed Japanese woman suing nursing school after being suspended because of her ink

Attorney for single mother says she can’t afford to pay to have her tattoos removed.

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Need a soak? Amazing interactive map lists every public bath and day-use hot spring in Tokyo

Whether you’re a backpacker looking to clean yourself up or just want to experience this aspect of traditional Japanese culture, hundreds of options are at your fingertips.

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Survey finds big gap in Japanese train passengers who want to sit next to someone of opposite sex

But sometimes the driving factor is who they don’t want to sit by instead.

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Japanese women explain why they give “obligation chocolate” to male coworkers on Valentine’s Day

Despite the oppressive-sounding name, many see an upside to the practice.

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Chart showing Thailand’s 18 genders challenges the idea that there is only “male” and “female”

Is 18 genders too many? Or too few?

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 reasons sleeping on the floor Japanese-style is awesome 【Weird Top Five】

Should we all just say bye-bye to beds?

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Japanese group trying to win support for “Housewives’ Day Off” to help harried homemakers

Wants day of rest to be observed three times a year.

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Here’s the reason why your expensive ikura sushi often comes with some cheap cucumber slices

It might seem like the restaurant is just out to make an extra buck, but those veggies could be keeping you from making an old-school sushi faux pas.

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Divinely delicious-looking Japanese chocolates draw inspiration from ancient Shinto tradition

Magatama beads have been around for millennia, but this is the first time we’ve seen them in sweet, edible form.

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Adult colouring book from Japan lets you add colour to famous kabuki scenes and characters

A Japanese manga artist and a legendary kabuki actor worked together to produce this visually stunning new release.

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Japan’s respected National Theatre surprises everyone with traditional rendition of PPAP【Video】

PNSP combines serious musicians with crazy lyrics and hilarious costumed character dance moves.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 hand gestures that Japanese people don’t understand【Weird Top Five】

Do these gestures in Japan and all you’ll get are looks of culture-gap confusion.

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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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