winter

Japanese shrine maidens in Osaka spotted wearing unusual costumes during winter

One shinto shrine is making news around Japan for dressing their miko in a garment many had never seen before.

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We attach chemical butt-warmers to our crotches but really should know better

Mr. Sato continues to push his hypothesis that the male groin is the gateway to efficient regulation of body temperature, even if it means serious bodily harm.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 Japanese winter foods【Well-Fed Top Five】

Winter: stay warm inside with some of these cold-weather treats.

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Dog days of winter look like much more fun than the heat of summer

These pups are definitely enjoying their winter wonderland.

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Domino’s Pizza is actually training reindeer for delivery in northern Japan

Domino’s Japan announces that they’re seriously considering this as an option for sending out pizzas this winter.

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Snuggle up inside a bear this winter with the Korilakkuma wearable blanket from Japan

Whether you’re plodding around the house or hibernating in your room, this versatile robe has you covered in more ways than one!

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Winter 2016 Cat Punch Gloves from Felissimo come with adorable new details

Whether you’re swiping at a mobile game or making a point, these cats keep their paws on your finger everywhere you go!

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Akita Prefecture is a stunning winter wonderland with the warmest of hearts【Video】

Akita, one of Japan’s northernmost prefectures, is beautiful in summer. But as this video is about to show, it’s simply gorgeous in the winter.

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Nissan reminds us to check for sleeping cats before starting cars with adorable montage【Video】

Cats love to hide in warm spots in the winter, so be sure to check your car before hitting the ignition on cold days!

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An inside look at Japan’s largest (nearly) naked festival (and how you can participate!)

Every third Saturday in February is Okayama Prefecture’s Hadaka Matsuri, Japan’s largest “naked festival.” Get ready to get naked!

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New “edible kairo” tablets claim to warm your body during winter—our Japanese writer eats the lot

In an effort to beat the recent cold snap that befell Japan, our writer Ahiru Neko discovered Edible Kairo (Edible Heat Packs) but got a little carried away.

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“Tail scarves” are the latest cute cat trend to warm our hearts this winter【Pics】

Cats are melting hearts around the country by wrapping tails around their legs, necks and heads to fight the winter chill.

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Crazy cold temperatures in Japan turn sinks into instant ice dispensers 【Video】

Water freezes before it can even go down the drain.

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Sleeve cats are taking over the internet in Japan this winter

Cats love to squeeze themselves into all types of cramped spaces, and this winter, they’re taking up residence inside shirt sleeves.

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New heated clothes hanger will dry your clothes in any type of weather

Raining outside? No dryer in the house? This new clothes hanger from Japan will dry clothes, shoes and boots at the touch of a button.

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How to make open-air dining in winter awesome: Take the kotatsu outside!

Ditch the dining room table and sit at a Japanese-style one with a heater, like at this ingenious Tokyo restaurant.

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Keep warm this winter with a new fluffy Rilakkuma sleeping bag

Winter is settling in and the nights are getting colder. Fortunately, that means you’ll soon be able to slumber snugly in a Rilakkuma sleeping bag!

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Kittens sleeping in foot-warming hot carpets are too cute for words 【Pics & Videos】

As the man with the sword told us repeatedly, “Winter is coming.” And while some of us are happy to play in the snow, not everyone is so excited about the chilly weather. Some of us, in fact, would much prefer to stay inside and sleep in the kotatsu.

Or, if you happen to be an adorable kitten, you might prefer to just to hang out inside your human’s foot-warming heated carpet.

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Japanese brand comes out with a comfy-looking kotatsu made for one

Winter is undoubtedly the worst season to be alone in Japan. Soon singles will be starting the annual desperate search for the special someone to spend Christmas with and it’s not hard to see why. Having someone to cuddle up to during the upcoming cold, long months is far preferable to fighting off the chill by yourself.

Of course, not everyone wants to jump into a relationship just for a little extra body heat, and now thanks to one Japanese electronics maker and their kotatsu for one, singles just might be in for the warmest winter yet.

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The ultimate hangover cure! Hot canned miso soup, packed with the power of 70 clams

One of the most wonderful things about a Japanese winter is the abundance of hot drinks that become available at convenience stores and vending machines on street corners. There’s nothing quite like popping a coin into a machine on a freezing cold night or while making your way to work, only to have a piping hot can delivered into your frozen palms; it’s an experience that’s almost as satisfying as actually drinking the hot beverage and warming yourself from the inside out!

Stumbling across a good hot soup other than corn potage when scouring the drinks display is always a rare bonus and now that’s something we can look forward to, especially after a night of drinking, with the new canned miso soup from Nagatanien. Filled with the power of ornithine, an amino acid abundant in clams, this is a traditional hangover remedy from Japan, now packed in a can!

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