Osaka

Nintendo opens free gameplay area in Japan’s Kansai International Airport

International airport closest to company’s Kyoto headquarters lets you start your Nintendo travel fun right away.

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Japanese elementary school teacher gets drunk, visits student’s house and beats him with stick

The teacher used a drumstick from a drumming video game during the assault.

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Hotel in Japan has discounts for female bar customers who wear high heels, the higher the better

A pair of stilettos could slash your tab by up to 40 percent.

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Over a dozen pigs occupy part of the Osaka expressway following delivery truck accident【Video】

Non-porcine traffic forced to use the slow lane.

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Luggage service lets travelers drop bags at cafes and shops in Japan via English-language website

Boasts a number of advantages over taking your chances with coin lockers at the train station.

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How to buy Japan’s adorable, delicious cat-shaped bread【Photos】

Exactly when can you get it, and how early do you need to show up? We find out.

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Japan’s pre-sliced cat-shaped bread: The greatest thing since non-kitty sliced bread

Feline-themed baked goods are as heart-melting as they are mouthwatering.

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Coffee shop that exists out of time found in Osaka, has super cheap pancakes!

Although bleak and scary on the outside, on the inside Maruya is the epitome of reliability and value.

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Japanese theme park now offering fake thugs you can “beat up” to impress your girlfriend【Video】

Flash mob scenarios include one seemingly inspired by anime hit Your Name.

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Our Japanese-language reporter dishes on the differences between cool guys in Tokyo and Osaka

Seiji Nakazawa, our Osaka-raised correspondent, shares what he thinks the region-based criteria are for ikemen in Japan’s two major cites.

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Japan awards foster parent status to same-sex couple for first time

National government confirms legality of decision by administrators in Osaka.

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Which Japanese prefecture buys the most leopard print clothes?

The answer is o-oh my god, not Osaka?!

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Osaka convenience store asks customers to muffle their “buree-buree” sounds while in the toilet

Request met with mixed reaction from praising its frankness to pointing out the impossibility of it.

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Pac-Man rickshaw is back! This time to eat in Osaka’s Shinsekai district

Back due to popular demand and this time in Osaka, Pac-Man will give a few lucky passengers a ride as it chases takoyaki.

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A sexy penguin, Studio Ghibli cats, and other cosplayers take over Osaka for Street Festa【Pics】

Now in its 13th year, the Den Den Town event is one of the biggest otaku gatherings in central Japan.

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Pancakes on a stick are Japan’s hottest new food trend

The one store that sells these delectable treats is just as cute as the skewered pancakes themselves!

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Japanese gang of elementary-school-age bamboo thieves let off the hook for heartwarming reason

Childhood is notoriously short in education-and-work-come-first Japan, but these tykes’ throwback idea of fun got them out of trouble with the law.

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Osaka driving school offers nine months of free food and drink to students

Come for the Drivers’ Ed, stay for the unlimited nine-month long buffet!

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Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

We take a ride on this new travel alternative to the Shinkansen bullet train.

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Japan has a pet food distribution center that’s shaped like a giant wiener dog!【Photos】

And if you think it looks cute like this, wait until you see it from a different angle.

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