It was touted as a "Japanese virtue" during the final speeches for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Games bid and has become a ubiquitous buzzword ever since, but it seems that reality has some way to go before ...
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The current frontrunner for the leadership of Japan's main opposition party, the recently rebranded Democratic Party, is facing accusations of not being Japanese enough. It is no secret that Renho ...
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A new photography exhibition showcases sexual diversity in Japan. "Out in Japan: 1,000 Portraits" opened at Spiral in Minami-Aoyama on July 12th, featuring portraits taken by Leslie Kee, a ...
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Oh, dear. A big Japanese corporation has done it again: made a marketing campaign that is causing offense to some. Kirin is promoting its recently relaunched tea product Namacha with a new online ...
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Retro Japanese schoolgirl clothes perfect for loungewear
As Japan deals with a massive rise in inbound tourism, a rather ugly side to the country's popular culture is rearing its head. Part of this is due to pure ignorance and part is an ingrained belief ...
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A landmark court ruling has left feminist campaigners fuming, while also offering some succour and glimpses of future change. In a suit brought forward by a group of women and one couple, the ...
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Regular readers don't need to be reminded of this: in Japan, a majority of hot springs (onsen), swimming pools (public and hotels), sports gyms, public beaches, and even some public baths (sento) ...
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Setagaya is joining Shibuya and becoming the second government body in Japan to offer legal recognition of same-sex couples. Earlier this year Shibuya City, the ward of Tokyo that includes the ...
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Kirin Ichiban's machine puts an ice cap on your beer and helps keep your beverage cooler for longer!
People recently got very angry about the "kimono incident" at Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), which was canceled after being called "racist" by protesters. The event allowed visitors to try on a ...
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It's a dangerous game to throw the racism card around but this development has succeeded in getting that reaction from most corners. A photo showing a behind-the-scenes shot from an upcoming Fuji ...
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Former Gravure model and television personality Ayaka Ichinose (34) and actress Akane Sugimori (28) have announced that they are a couple and will marry in Tokyo next April. This follows the news ...
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The knives are out and accusations of racism are being bandied around again. Only this time it's not a silly corporate ad with fake noses that's to blame. The culprit this time is Japan's Ministry ...
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Just what every busy person needs in their wardrobe: a way to neutralize odors from coats, jackets and other items of clothing just by hanging them up
On February 17th, there was yet another incursion on the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. But this time it wasn't posturing nationalists on the Chinese or Japanese side. Instead, it was a bunch of ...
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A football match on Saturday between the Urawa Reds, a major soccer team in the J-League Division 1 based in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, and Sagan Tosu, was marred by a banner hung at the venue ...
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It's no secret that we hate the policy that many Japanese hotels, hot springs, pools and beaches have regarding tattoos (irezumi or shisei). The out-dated custom bans inked visitors from either ...
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