Kumamoto

Japanese beer company Sapporo releases special-edition can to support Kumamoto Castle recovery

Be sure to spend the drinking funds for your cherry blossom viewing party on these beautiful cans.

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New green tea Japanese Kit Kat released to raise funds for earthquake-damaged Kumamoto region

Kit Kat joins forces with regional mascot Kumamon to help people in the affected area.

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Spirit of Ghibli lives on in gorgeous short anime promoting locally-sourced Japanese food 【Video】

Animators with ties to Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Japan team up for mouth-watering anime ad.

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New mascot “Lucky Bear” appearing on Chinese TV looks awfully familiar

A roly-poly bear with red cheeks and white eyebrows recently appeared on a TV program in China, which can mean only one thing: Kumamoto Prefecture traveled six years back in time and ripped them off!

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Messages of support from Taiwan warm the hearts of Kumamoto earthquake victims

Messagess of support, this time from Taiwan, keep pouring in following the deadly earthquake in Kumamoto.

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Attack on Titan author offers message of support, artwork for the people of Kumamoto

The residents of Kyushu don’t have to fight a titan, but they do have some giant obstacles to overcome.

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Online seller sends special surprise to Kumamoto earthquake survivor

In dire times, it turns out you can depend on the kindness of strangers.

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Kumamoto kids thank Self-Defense Force for earthquake relief work with touching handmade awards

Little youngsters’ moving gesture has us ready to cry big old tears.

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Volunteer craftsman traveling to Kumamoto to repair earthquake-damaged family heirloom ceramics

Plans to use traditional Japanese kintsugi techniques to make them look as good as new, or perhaps even better.

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97 percent of Kumamoto convenience stores open for business just three days after major quakes

Kumamoto Prefecture is still reeling after back-to-back large scale earthquakes struck the region late last week. Yet somehow Japan’s major convenience store chains have managed to get 97 percent of their shops up and running in a matter of days.

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Two of Japan’s biggest chains travel to disaster-stricken Kumamoto to hand out free beef bowls

Mobile kitchens provide comfort food, in the truest sense of the word, for thousands of earthquake victims.

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Stay strong, Kumamoto! Luffy and his voice actress are cheering for you!【Video】

Here comes a message of encouragement from the voice of one of anime’s most famous seafaring heroes.

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Continuing earthquakes in Kumamoto have moved a GPS observation station nearly one meter

Strong earthquakes are expected to continue for another week.

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Aso Jinja, one of Japan’s oldest shrines, hit with extensive damage in continuing earthquakes

Both the shrine’s large gate and hall of worship have collapsed.

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Centuries-old Kumamoto Castle continues to battle intense earthquakes

Two violent earthquakes and numerous strong aftershocks continue to rock the iconic 400-year-old castle, which has so far outlasted much younger structures.

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Kumamoto shop has automatic door control for “guard” dog so he can take pee break【Video】

True “good boy” that he is, Jack-kun II is rewarded by his employers with full control to the front door of their business and a badge.

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How to escape from a burning castle: evacuation drill reveals thrilling slide system

Escaping from a castle turret in Japan involves hurtling down a narrow, flexible chute!

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We visit one of Japan’s stunning secret destinations: the “Road to Laputa” in Kumamoto

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into an animated film from Studio Ghibli, “The Road to Laputa” in Kyushu is one place you won’t want to miss.

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This “power spot” in Kumamoto, Japan looks straight out of a Ghibli movie, is pure magic 【Photos】

Deep in the forests of Takamorimachi, a small town in Kumamoto Prefecture on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, hides a humble shrine shrouded by trees and moss-covered greenery. Hailed as a “power spot” by the Japanese, Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine (上色見熊野座神社) is a mystical destination for those looking to feel the earth’s energy and recharge their spirits, or to just take in the all the scenic beauty it has to offer. Even if you can’t make a visit in the near future, you can at least pacify yourself with these stunning images instead.

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Is Kumamoto City surpassing Tokyo as the fashion capital of Japan?

Kumamoto City, the capital of the Kyushu prefecture of the same name, has always been in a bit of an awkward position. It doesn’t really have the metropolitan appeal of Tokyo, or the world-famous nature and hot springs of northern Japan, or even the tropical island allure of Okinawa. Plus, it’s a heck of a long way away from the capital. So why would someone decide to visit Kumamoto?

The answer just might be fashion. For the past several years, Kumamoto has steadily been building itself up as the fashion capital of Japan. Now, it’s come to the point where some would say that if you want to see the future of Japan’s fashion, don’t look at Tokyo, but look at Kumamoto instead.

Has Tokyo, the fashion king of Japan, finally been dethroned?

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