The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have sent information to elementary schools in Japan, offering students the chance to participate in a vote for the official 2020 ...
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Students in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, have created dinosaur sculptures using rice straw from farmers affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. There are six straw dinosaurs on ...
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Instant noodles maker Nissin already hit the viral magic button with the recent release of the Otohiko Anti-Slurping Noise Noodle Eating Fork, a genuine product that functions as a "food sound ...
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After yet another typhoon in a very rainy October spoiled the weekend closest to Halloween, thousands of people in Tokyo seized the chance to celebrate All Hallows' Eve on October 31st itself despite ...
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Unique cleaning device for small items by Akihabara gadget masters Thanko
There's an old joke that the Japanese internet comprises 50% food and 50% cats. This campaign by Okawa City probably won't do much to change this reputation: it's clearly made to indulge feline ...
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Tokyo Signs is a new series of products launched by our friends at Tokyo-based design and web development studio Bento Graphics. As any visitor or resident will attest, every alleyway or ...
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Sumida Aquarium in east Tokyo will host a special exhibition produced by the artist Asami Kiyokawa using the fairy tales of beloved writer and poet Kenji Miyazawa. Kiyokawa, who is known for her ...
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When gravure idol (glamor model) Miyako Akane kickstarted a new body painting cosplay subculture back in June, certain sections of the web went nuts. While this is hardly a genuine trend -- a handful ...
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Customizable designer e-paper wristwatch
Four years ago, the hot spring resort of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, was transformed into an art bonanza, with artists allowed to customized and redesign rooms in hotels in Dogo. Given the pedigree ...
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Everyone knows that Japan has a lot of dolls: from luxury silicone sex dolls to Licca-chan and Hinamatsuri Festival dolls. Kigurumi is a kind of cosplay or costume play where participants dress up ...
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The writer Manami Okazaki has carved out a solid name for herself in what are sometimes dismissively called "coffee-table books", but are at heart lovingly conceived and designed photo books or art ...
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The weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun has published allegations that the entertainer Rola is stuck in a 10-year "slave-like" contract with her agency. Though she is apparently suffering mentally and ...
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Given the ubiquitousness of AKB48 and its various members on advertising campaigns, music releases and television screens, you wouldn't think that Yasushi Akimoto needs a tax break. But that's what ...
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The countdown to the 2020 Olympics continues in earnest: there is now just three years until the opening of the Summer Games. While the main stadium in central Tokyo is still far from completion, ...
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Inspect a Tokyo railway map and the vibrant green loop line at the heart of the metropolis will immediately jump out at you. It's called the Yamanote Line, and it's one of Tokyo's most vital ...
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