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Take a tour of Okinawa’s longest running movie theater: this creepy adult cinema

Some historical sites are honored while others get the shaft, but that may just be how the Shuri Theater likes it.

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Legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan’s Five Swords Under Heaven, now on display in Tokyo

One of Japan’s most beautiful and important katana is proving popular with history buffs and young ladies alike.

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TV program claims Japanese temple banned cats for being too cute, Japan nods in agreement

But some sources show the report is only half-right.

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Japanese quality! Antique 70-year-old battery still works great to power a modern calculator

This WWII-era battery still has what it takes to tumble with modern devices.

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New Kyoto Starbucks has the beauty, historical pedigree to be a sightseeing attraction itself

Century-old teahouse starts new life with tatami floors, zabuton cushions for customers.

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Kyoto’s modern samurai fashion label unveils summer lineup for fashion warriors

New designs and cool fabrics are part of the updated apparel arsenal.

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Samurai armor for pets turns your animal companions into adorable dogs and cats of war【Photos】

Awwwww, who’s a good little bushido boy?

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“Shogun sound” toilet hack covers the sound of your pooping with samurai battle cries【Video】

Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the poops of your butt.

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Emperors, anime icons, and porn stars show up in six-nation survey of most famous Japanese people

Respondents in the U.S., China, and four other countries’ top 10 answers included Pokémon, military leaders, and adult film actresses.

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Sleep like a samurai – Travel provider offers one-night stay in a Japanese castle

Free package includes dinner modeled after meals eaten by feudal lords

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This 12-tie series lets you wear Japan’s history around your neck, from the Jomon to Meiji era

A perfect gift for the history buff in your life!

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Sword of one of Japan’s last samurai discovered in house in America

Progressive samurai was denied his dream of crossing the ocean, but his tanto still made it to California.

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Nagoya Castle’s concrete keep to be demolished and replaced with traditional wooden structure

After months of debate, Nagoya city council approves 50 billion-yen (US$451 million) budget.

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Travelers choose Japan’s top 10 historic hotels and ryokan inns

It’s almost like sightseeing while you sleep!

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Gorgeous colorized photos show daily life in Meiji Era Japan

And you can download them for free!

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Samurai sword and ninja star chocolates from Japan cut open a whole new way to eat sweets

The worlds of katana and candy collide just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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If this ad doesn’t make you want to visit Hikone, we don’t know what will 【Video】

Hikone Castle is celebrating its 410th anniversary in style.

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Cheat sheet for identifying era of dress styles is perfect for cosplay and drawing reference

This timeline will help you create and identify dresses from any time period like a pro.

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Japanese TV show guest finds heirloom tea bowl is one of only four pieces like it in the world

Centuries-old ceramic vessel could be worth as much as 1.6 billion yen (US$13.7 million).

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Amateur filmmaker’s videos are a time capsule of Tokyo in the year 1990 【Video】


Take a trip back to the metropolis at the peak of the Bubble Era with this fascinating series of candid video montages.

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