Japan

Japan’s Cotton Wife and Husband huggie pillows evolve into downsized versions

“Cotton Kids” in everything but name.

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Japanese idol singer/anime voice actress is native English speaker, misses Girl Scout Cookies

Lack of Taco Tuesday in Japan is also a sore point for California-born performer.

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We visit Japan’s only specialty toothpick store to buy products steeped in 300-year-old history

When samurai needed toothpicks during the Edo period, this store had everything they were looking for.

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Tokyo police arrest man who drove car through city’s busiest intersection as pedestrians crossed

52-year-old driver fled because he was worried he would lose his job.

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Felissimo’s cat marshmallows get ready for Halloween … and they’re as cute as ever!

What better Halloween treat for cat lovers than a soft, cat-shaped marshmallow filled with chocolate?

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Warnings about “the dangers of social media” have critics saying his statement appallingly misses the point.

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Japanese cosplay gets a western twist with new Taisho Roman kimono outfits 【Photos】

East meets west in this fusion style that combines overseas trends with traditional Japanese elements.

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FIFA 18 Nintendo Switch version’s colour-blind bugs level the playing field 【Video】

Detective Conan-like criminal silhouettes invade the pitch in Switch-specific glitch.

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Hayao Miyazaki based one of Studio Ghibli’s most memorable anime characters on his own mom

Character dynamics in the anime classic were inspired by the relationship between Miyazaki’s mom and her four sons.

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Is that you, Godzilla? Tokyo zoo’s huge reptile is a dead-ringer for the kaiju when yawning

Carnivorous kaiju-lookalike doesn’t yawn because it’s sleepy, though.

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Japanese Twitter users share a secret hiding on platform five at Akihabara Station

A little-known milky paradise awaits those who know where to look at this busy station in the capital.

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Japanese father worries his son is being bullied at school, gets a dirty, funny surprise instead

Cause of middle schooler’s depression is linked to one of teens’ deepest sources of joy.

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Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie refuses to die, new studio grabs abandoned film rights

Paramount Pictures thinks “blue mammal with one giant eyeball who runs really fast” is a fine foundation for a live-action movie.

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Goodnight, Kitty: We stay in a hotel room dedicated to the queen of kawaii【Photos】

Hello, Kitty. And hello, crossover branding!

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Nicolas Cage becomes a Japanese snack food as the Nicolastick is born

Promotional tie-in for upcoming film Bin Laden is My Prey has an inspired flavor choice.

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Japanese Twitter artist considers the terrifying realities of hugging spiky Pokémon

Knowing which Pokémon to hug can make the difference between a good time and grievous injury.

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Re-do all your mistakes? Never die? All possible, if a well turns out to actually be a save point

Move over fountain of youth, Japanese Twitter user may have found a real-life save point, in a park.

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McDonald’s unveils upcoming collaboration with Japanese mobile game Granblue Fantasy

Fans are speculating about the campaign offers and freebies they’ll receive during the new burger campaign.

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Are transparent drinks actually revealing “Japan’s dark side?”

Does peering into these colorless pseudo-waters reveal a deeper social problem?

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A piece of Japanese business manners that many Japanese people could do without

Farewells can be sad, but in a Japanese business saying good-bye can be a pain because of the country’s elevator etiquette.

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