If you thought Piko Taro's "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" (PPAP) couldn't get any more "Japanese", think again. Adding to the countless numbers of adaptations and parodies already out there clogging up ...
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Japanese fashion brand Trove has created a series of what it calls Wa-Robe items ("wa" meaning Japanese). The most exciting of these are three Star Wars Hanten, coming in designs featuring Master ...
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This article by Adriana Mazza first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo. Photo by Adriana Mazza Boroichi Market: Intangible Folk Cultural Asset There’s something pretty magical about an intangible ...
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Always wondered about wabi-sabi but too embarrassed to ask? No problem, The School of Life has you covered in this 9-minute video. As the makers say, "At the heart of Japanese philosophy ...
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Cheshire Cat, Red Queen, Mad Hatter skin-care masks
Searching for Hell is a new continent-crossing documentary covering humanity's universal curiosity about hell and the underworld. The film features five different teams telling stories and ...
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All year Japan has been going Star Wars crazy, not least because a certain film sequel is about to be unleashed on the world box office. This has lead to a slew of products and tie-ups. Some of ...
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Traditional Japanese musical instruments are not as well known as they should be. While most people know a shamisen from their appearances in geisha shows or taiko drum from their use in festivals, ...
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Manami Okazaki has released a second edition of her book "Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love", featuring interviews with 23 kokeshi artisans as well as 200 photos documenting how the unique wooden dolls ...
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Unique cleaning device for small items by Akihabara gadget masters Thanko
The Self-Assembly Shamisen is, as the name suggests, a shamisen instrument that you can build yourself -- and customize! The shamisen is surely the most famous Japanese traditional instrument. You ...
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For such a ubiquitous apparel chain, UNIQLO demonstrates a healthy tendency to innovate. Every year its UT t-shirts change and it always works with a massive range of designers and famous franchises ...
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Fancy a spot of Kabuki before you step onto a plane? Yes, if you want your taste of traditional Japanese at the airport, from this spring you can. Narita International Airport Terminal 1's ...
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This article by Katie Reilly first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo. So you want to get dressed up, do the whole kimono thing while you’re in Tokyo? These timeless outfits are not exactly cheap, but ...
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Engimono are good luck charms and talismans, and come in all shapes and sizes, from Daruma dolls to Maneki-neko, the beckoning cat. They are particularly associated with the Eto (Chinese zodiac) and ...
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Everything comes back into fashion. And that includes Japanese loincloths. Fundoshi are usually only seen on the bodies (and buttocks) of men taking part in Japanese festivals or on sumo wrestlers ...
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When in Rome, as the saying goes. And so when in Kyoto, wear a kimono. There's nothing pretentious about getting into "costume", so to speak, and exploring Japan's old capital in a kimono. It's ...
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