culture

Japanese custom of bowing to cars at crosswalks keeps locals safe, warms Internet’s hearts【Video】

Even people born and raised in famously polite Japan are amazed by Iwate Prefecture’s manners.

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Busty or boobless? Japanese Twitter debates which makes for more beautiful kimono anime art

Opinions divided over traditional aesthetics versus modern sexiness.

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Kyoto’s fox bride wedding kimono makeovers let you indulge in cultural cosplay

Photos studio in the historical Arashiyama neighborhood offers a makeover/photo package you won’t find anywhere else.

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Japanese Internet can’t agree on what to call this color, what do you think it is?

Although they do have a perfect, obscure kanji for it.

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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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Japanese requirement for tattoo artists to have medical licenses may be nail in industry’s coffin

Osaka district court ruling says tattooing isn’t art, it’s a medical procedure.

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Triumph lingerie company creates sake underwear using fabric made with Japanese rice wine

Finally! Wearable sake!

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Theory that men cannot beat women at Japanese karuta card game has Internet nodding in agreement

Tongue-in-cheek explanation says that men’s love of breasts means they don’t have the mental fortitude required to win in co-ed competition.

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Video game battles as woodblock prints, “Ukiyo-e Heroes: Boss Fights” now available online 【Pics】

Over ten new designs showing off battles so epic they transcend art periods.

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Five things that shock Japanese people living abroad

Travel-broadened Japanese Twitter users share their stories of culture shock and pleasant surprises.

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Edible origami! Japanese cooks use paper-folding technique to make beautiful, delicious snacks

Japan’s traditional art of paper-folding turns out to be useful in the kitchen too.

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No, Japan doesn’t have a special phrase for “mansplaining” on Twitter

“FF gai kara shitsurei shimasu” has nothing to do with men or explaining.

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First-ever electronic taiko developed with help from world-famous Japanese drum troupe

Kodo drummers help modern technology blend with one of Japan’s most traditional instruments.

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Japan is running out of swordsmiths, and a strict apprenticeship requirement is a big reason why

Want to make katana for a living? Hope you don’t mind not getting paid a single yen for the next five years.

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Japanese Tumblr user drops hammer on debate of if Caucasian girl’s Japan-themed party was racist

“The only people who think culture shouldn’t be shared are racists like you.”

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This mooing chicken-headed eel in the supermarket has a lot to teach us about Japan

Join us as we attempt to unravel the cultural enigma of the chicken-eel that goes “Mooooooo!!”

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Draw-your-own fox charms are one of the highlights of Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari Shrine

Go for the history and culture. Stay for the silly artwork.

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Famous philosophers reimagined as cute anime boys by Japanese student cramming for entrance exams

Would anime-style Descartes say “I think, therefor I super deformed am?”

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Japan’s floral birthday crests now available as beautiful personalized seals

Full array of 366 hana komon, each with its own associated meaning and symbolism, is on offer.

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Gorgeous cat-themed Japanese gift envelopes: A perfect way to say congratulations to feline fans

Traditional Japanese art form gets an added kitty quotient.

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