Osaka

Japanese readers rave about new book illustrating differences between Kanto and Kansai regions

Kuraberu Tōzai presents an easy-to-understand compilation of regional differences between Tokyo and Osaka in terms of cuisines, art, and cultural traditions.

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Japan’s most famous talking pear is getting the most “fun” café in Osaka-nassyi!

If you’ve been wanting to eat Funassyi, here’s your chance!

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New Japanese beer brings out flavours of Kansai specialties like takoyaki and okonomiyaki

The new drink is said to pair well with famous dishes from the region.

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Japan’s largest ferris wheel to open in Osaka featuring glass walls and floors and VIP carriages

With spectacular views both day and night, you’ll definitely want to add this destination to your itinerary for your next trip to Japan.

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Travel to Nakanoshima Station this month for a unique drinking and dining experience

Love beer? Love trains? Here’s your chance to combine the two for four special nights.

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Nyaran the travel mascot cat goes edible and the results melt our hearts!

From cakes to rice rolls, these delicious looking food items inspired by popular mascot cat Nyaran are almost too cute to eat!

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Junior high student shut down 444 school websites to “remind teachers they are incompetent”

This month Osaka Prefectural Police pressed charges against a 16-year-old boy for a first-of-its-kind cyber attack in Japan.

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“Escape from the Abandoned Blood Lab II” event to be held in Osaka

No money is needed to take part in this survival game — all the organizers want is that precious blood of yours.

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These photos show how Japanese architecture has changed over the last 100 years

Japanese commenters aren’t so impressed with modern cityscapes, but are they just being nitpicky?

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Japanese publisher groups protest “agreement” to cover up adult magazines in convenience stores

Organizations don’t want bare-all periodicals to have to hide under obscuring plastic covers.

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Newly opened restaurant in Osaka boasts a new evolution of okonomiyaki

Your mind will say, “How beautiful,” but your stomach will say, “Let’s eat!”

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Japanese police departments show comedic and dramatic sides while luring new graduates

Police departments in Osaka, Fukuoka, Oita, and Tokyo are reminding potential recruits that a career in law enforcement promises drama, power, mystery and yes, monkeys.

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Tokyo and Osaka’s Sailor Moon Crystal Cafes to feature new Outer Senshi drinks and desserts!

For a short period starting next month, anime cafe Anion Station will be celebrating the new season of Sailor Moon Crystal with another round of drinks and desserts, this time in honor of Sailor Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto!

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All the coolest Cosplay from the annual Nipponbashi Street Festival in Osaka!【Pics】

It’s Cosplay time as the Nipponbashi Street Festival hits Osaka (and Twitter) again this year!

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Illegal mosaic-free porn business busted after earning over US$1M in revenues

Osaka police recently uncovered a booming mail-order business servicing the entire nation with pornographic DVDs which lacked the legally required pixellation over actors’ genitalia.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Pocky is made in this short clip of the Glico factory 【Video】

Take an inside peek into the production process of Pocky, the beloved Japanese snack which has found its way into supermarkets around the world.

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We visit the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, the newly-renovated, boozy paradise

The whisky distiller, famous for upstaging Scottish standbys to be crowned “Best Whisky in the World” in 2014, recently renovated their open-to-the-public facilities. We figured it was as good an excuse as any for a tour and tasting!

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Equal Wedding Japan: Traditional Japanese-style wedding ceremonies tailored for same-sex couples

The new service offers traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies to all nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations.

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Traditional craftsmen create smartphone case fit for a legendary samurai warrior

It’s a modern-day sheath made in honour of the samurai known as the “Crimson Demon of War”.

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Sailor Moon Crystal Cafe set to open in Osaka for limited time, takoyaki balls on the menu

The Sailor Moon girls are bringing their gorgeous meals and treats to Osaka for the very first time. 

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