Train ride through Nagasaki Lantern Festival looks like a trip to the world of Spirited Away【Vid】

Southern city’s lunar New Year celebration is even more ethereally beautiful when viewed from the rails.

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Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku idol Rina Matsuno passes away at 18

Idol had missed Tuesday concert before succumbing to unspecified disease.

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New sakura cherry blossom Coca-Cola bottle available only in Japan

The beautifully designed item looks set to be one of this spring’s most popular beverages.

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Lotteria Japan reveals delicious limited-edition sakura menu for spring

Spring has sprung at the Japanese fast food chain, with cherry blossom hot pies, sweet drinks and a delectable-looking pink burger.

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Bring a smile to your valentine with One Piece chocolates

Oscar and Marie Antoinette aren’t the only characters inspiring chocolates this month.

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Japanese gamer shares heartwarming encounter with Miami online, restores our faith in humanity

This tale of kindness and camaraderie will put a smile on your face and have you reaching for the tissues at the same time.

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Japanese personality test says you can tell a person’s character by how he or she sleeps

The King, the Hug, and the Half-Fetus all offer a peak into a sleeping person’s psyche, test claims.

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Japanese Twitter user shares lifehack for easing lower back pain using a blanket

Simple, speedy solution touted as just the thing to prevent backaches while watching movies.

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Japanese women pick which anime characters they’d want as their girlfriends

Lesbian anime fans make their picks for animated romantic companions.

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Final Fantasy VII projection mapping is dazzling guests at Sapporo’s Snow Festival【Video】

Cloud’s snowy face-off against Sephiroth just got much more intense!

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Chocolate ramen is back again at Tokyo restaurants for Valentine’s Day 2017, and we’ve tried it

Limited-time tsukemen-style ramen lets you enjoy chocolate three different ways.

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Japanese Twitter user claims to have found “maiden-killing” clothing collection

Provides significantly more coverage than last month’s “virgin-killing sweater.”

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Legendary chicken-loving Japanese yodeler releases new music video: “Chicken Attack”【Video】

Yodeling, chickens, ninjas, and more! What else do you need?

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Justin Bieber teams up with Piko Taro for new Japanese Softbank commercial【Video】

The bromance is strong between these two singing sensations.

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Japanese artist shows cheap and easy way to scare children during next holiday season

The 2017 Father of the Year Award goes to…

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Is Japan’s green tea curry worthy of the name or just another matcha pretender?【Taste test】

We’ve had our expectation betrayed by “matcha” foods before, but what happens when we try this instant curry from Kyoto?

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Japanese government gives examples of what qualifies as “hate speech” in anti-discrimination law

Critics still likely to find problems with legislation.

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Two-day event will bring unique Japan-inspired steampunk style to Harajuku

The fashion center of Tokyo is the place to be this April!

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New cast photos from Gintama live-action movie show off model Nanao as Matako, other antagonists

Upcoming film looks poised to buck the trend of mediocre adaptations of anime and manga.

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Sapporo Snow Festival to once again feature art installations containing frozen fish

Recent animal rights complaints had some thinking plans would be scrapped, but the eve mainstay will be part of this year’s event after all.

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