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What do Japanese kids want to be when they grow up? Businesspeople

It does pay better than being a superhero, after all.

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Japanese government recommends changing Buddhist temple mark on maps to avoid Nazi connotations

Use of Swastika-like maji symbol deemed “inappropriate” for maps for foreign users.

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Five Japanese misconceptions about foreign male/Japanese female couples

Japanese blogger and internationalist Madame Riri explores five prejudices and misconceptions foreign male-Japanese female couples experience in Japan.

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Win “Exploring Kyoto” and “Kyoto—Heart of Japan” by answering this simple question! 【Closed】

Heading to Kyoto soon? Simply want to know more about Japan’s ancient capital? We have the perfect book and DVD for you—and you could win them by answering one easy question!

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Interactive online map of Kyoto lets you toggle between modern day and the 9th century

If you’re a history buff, or time traveler, this could come in handy.

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Ancient Japanese literary works are now yours to download at the click of a button

Who doesn’t love getting a free book? Especially when that book is over 300 years old!

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Forget geisha and samurai, experience Japan by dressing up as an Osaka Obachan

Coming to Japan and dressing up like a geisha is a bit like going to the USA and dressing up as a confederate soldier. Sure it’s fun, but it doesn’t really reflect modern society. What you need to feel the Japan of today is leopard print…and lots of it!

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Sushi chef kicks woman out of restaurant for asking him to hold the rice, manga author approves

The legendary creator of Lone Wolf and Cub has no patience for such affronts to fine dining.

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International students at Ohio university call cafeteria’s foreign fare culturally insensitive

Food fight! Are these foods cultural adaptations, or abominations? Students take up issue with their university’s menu.

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Three common complaints foreigners have about Christmas in Japan, and how to make peace with them

‘Tis the season for grumbling about cultural differences, but does it have to be?

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We visit the awesome new Samurai Museum in Shinjuku【Photos】

Experience the samurai spirit first-hand with original swords and armour at the recently opened Samurai Museum.

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50 things that surprised our writer when visiting China 【RocketExperience】

After a week in China, one of our Japanese writers brought home a list of thoughts to share with us.

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Does this math problem prove that Japan’s 20-somethings are getting dumber?

Studies show that only 60 percent of Japanese 20-somethings are able to correctly solve this math problem, compared to a whopping 90 percent 30 years ago.

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The four new classes of modern otaku

Which otaku quadrant do you fall into?

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Five ways college life is different in Japan and the United States

From fashion to extracurricular activities, the lives of an American colleges students are an ocean apart from their counterparts in Japan.

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Old-school Japanese sex guide covers holding hands, doing the deed, and “the shadow nucleus”

Old-school love-making manual helped couples go from touching fingertips to touching naughty parts, and also reminded guys about the importance of finding a lady’s “shadow nucleus.”

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Big, drunk and furry—Everything you need to know about tanuki (plus a song about their balls!)

See this tanuki? Aren’t his balls cute? Welcome to Japan, where raccoon-dog genitals are universally admired.

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Life imitating anime: Japanese people tell us about their most “anime” moments

14 Japanese volunteers tell us about moments in their lives that seemed to come straight out of an anime.

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Thai family throws extravagant wedding for their three-year-old twins【Video】

Growing up with brothers and sisters can be bad enough sometimes, but what if “playing nice” meant having to tie the knot? If you’re a twin in Thailand, it could happen!

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History’s worst job? Japanese noblewomen used to hire servants to take the blame for their farts

What would be the ultimate luxury in personal service for a highborn aristocrat? Someone to draw your bath? Peel your grapes? Fan you with palm fronds? How about a servant whose job it is to take the blame for your farts.

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