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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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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Last week the Japanese media was caught off-guard by the announcement that the actress Emi Takei and singer Takahiro from the pop group Exile had got married, and that Takei is ...
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Japan is suffering from a phenomenon known as "umi-banare" -- literally, "moving away from the sea" -- whereby fewer and fewer people visiting Japan's beaches to take advantage of one the country's ...
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Unique cleaning device for small items by Akihabara gadget masters Thanko
Japan's society is aging -- and rapidly. With the second-highest life expectancy in the world combined with a falling birth rate, the numbers of retirees and older citizens will only continue to ...
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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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A fire at Tsukji Market on August 3rd has damaged the internationally famous fish market. The fire raged for 15 hours at the site of the world's largest wholesale fish and seafood market. No ...
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Japan's most famous movie monster will steal your money!
"Work, Nap, Work, Beer!" is the driving concept behind Kyoto's new coworking space andwork Kyoto. Set to open this month in the central Kawaramachi district, andwork Kyoto combines the comforts of a ...
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And then there were five. Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has selected five finalists for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics license plate design contest. Now the ...
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Japan's third-wave coffee revolution continues with the opening of Home, the first "share roaster" coffee shop in the country opening July in the hip neighborhood of Minami-Senba in Osaka. Managed ...
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Although Japan has a prominent number of police substations around communities, locals often take pride in how their cities generally have less surveillance and security cameras than other major ...
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Miniature paper trees made from paper
The Japanese summer is hot and humid, which can be extremely unpleasant for those unfortunate souls who have to travel the Tokyo public transport system during the peak rush hour. Sweaty bodies and ...
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How can a credit card company find a new way to advertise its services? In Japan, it would seem to mean by forming an idol group. Higashi-Ikebukuro 52 is not the latest "sister group" spin-off of ...
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Foreigners detained at immigration facilities in Tokyo and Nagoya have gone on hunger strike to protest their long detentions and conditions. Last week, some 40 detainees started a hunger strike ...
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