culture

Tokyo Olympics committee head: Manga parade would be good for opening ceremonies, but not kabuki

Chairman singles out two aspects of Japanese traditional culture that people of other nations “wouldn’t understand.”

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Legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan’s Five Swords Under Heaven, now on display in Tokyo

One of Japan’s most beautiful and important katana is proving popular with history buffs and young ladies alike.

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Tokyo “couple-busting” company finds who your spouse is cheating with, becomes friends with them

What better way to convince your spouse to stop cheating than by hiring a “friend” to tell them to quit?

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W.T.F. Japan: One year anniversary special! Top 5 W.T.F. Japan articles 【Weird Top Five】

Plus a special announcement about the W.T.F. series!

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Young Japanese women pick least favorite ways they feel pressured to socialize with coworkers

Drinking with the boss is only the second-biggest complaint in survey.

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Origami and bonsai combine in gorgeous handmade creations from Japanese artist【Photos】

Hundreds of origami components make up each of these beautiful “Trees of Cranes.”

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TV program claims Japanese temple banned cats for being too cute, Japan nods in agreement

But some sources show the report is only half-right.

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New Kyoto Starbucks has the beauty, historical pedigree to be a sightseeing attraction itself

Century-old teahouse starts new life with tatami floors, zabuton cushions for customers.

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Why is Japanese customer service so amazing? Because in Japan it’s one strike and you’re out

Warmhearted hospitality plus unforgiving customers equals the world’s highest service standards.

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Why is the Japanese kanji for “four” so frustratingly weird?

The history of the first kanji that makes many learners of Japanese want to pull their hair out, and why their initial guess isn’t entirely wrong.

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Anime art vs. Western art: The changing face of a Japanese schoolgirl’s self-portrait

When this kindergartener goes to school, her self-portraits change depending on whether she’s in a Japanese or U.S. environment.

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Top 30 tourist sites in Japan: the most popular sightseeing spots for overseas visitors

From the well-known to the obscure, this year’s annual ranking of top spots has some surprises in store for even the most seasoned travellers.

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Men’s nipple covers may just be the dating solution Japan is looking for【Video】

Looking nipple-less may just be the next fashion trend.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 hardest Japanese habits to break 【Weird Top Five】

After living in Japan for a while, chances are you’ll be handcuffed to these new habits.

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Taiwan’s host of mascot characters invade Japan, bring own brand of cuteness to the country

Watch out Japan, these oddly adorable mascots are coming in strong!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 nicest sounds in Japan【Weird Top Five】

Sounds that you just want to close your eyes and savor.

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Beautiful Japanese artist creates masterpieces with stunning calligraphy performances【Video】

Watching this calligrapher at work is strangely thrilling and relaxing at the same time.

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Traditional artisans come together to create ukiyo-e enhanced Rolling Stones merchandise

Available are limited-edition woodblock prints, T-shirts, and tote bags!

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Beautiful ukiyo-e woodblock print artwork appears on three of Japan’s premium beer brands

The works of Hokusai and others, admired for more than a century, lend a touch of class to your appreciation of a cold one.

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Asian foreigners give their thoughts on what life is like being Asian in Japan

Much has been written about the experience of being a Western-looking foreigner in Japan. But what is the situation like for foreigners of Asian backgrounds?

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