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Historical painters including Michelangelo, Hokusai become hot anime men in artsy video game

Palette Parade’s parade of handsome anime versions of art world icons continues to grow.

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The long road of the Chusonji Lotus spans nearly a millennium of Japanese history

The Chusonji Lotus is a truly epic flower.

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Cute cat can’t care about culture as it ignores “Do not enter” sign on samurai house in Fukushima

Feudal warriors’ home fails to intimidate fearless feline.

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An easy way to stop people from stealing your umbrella in Japan, plus put smiles on a few faces

Simple technique requires only a printer, some tape, and maybe an anime reference.

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New Zealander finds photos in antique Japanese sewing box, requests Internet’s help tracing them

Twitter wants you to help find the people taken in these beautiful black-and-white photos from Japan’s past.

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Top 20 castles to visit in Japan in 2017

Experience Japanese history through castles both intact and…not intact.

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Real-life Japanese adult film actresses listed as Imperial Army agents in Chinese period drama

Why you shouldn’t let your prop guy pick any random Japanese names he wants.

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Katana of four of Japan’s greatest samurai turned into gorgeous scissors

Merciless warlords and noble reformers serve as inspiration.

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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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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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Fine art painters become fine anime boys in new romance video game Palette Parade

Boyish da Vinci and van Gogh have special relationships with friends Michelangelo and Gauguin.

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Take a tour of Okinawa’s longest running movie theater: this creepy adult cinema

Some historical sites are honored while others get the shaft, but that may just be how the Shuri Theater likes it.

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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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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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Japanese quality! Antique 70-year-old battery still works great to power a modern calculator

This WWII-era battery still has what it takes to tumble with modern devices.

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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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Kyoto’s modern samurai fashion label unveils summer lineup for fashion warriors

New designs and cool fabrics are part of the updated apparel arsenal.

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Samurai armor for pets turns your animal companions into adorable dogs and cats of war【Photos】

Awwwww, who’s a good little bushido boy?

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“Shogun sound” toilet hack covers the sound of your pooping with samurai battle cries【Video】

Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the poops of your butt.

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Emperors, anime icons, and porn stars show up in six-nation survey of most famous Japanese people

Respondents in the U.S., China, and four other countries’ top 10 answers included Pokémon, military leaders, and adult film actresses.

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