Japanese weddings. All the ladies in their finest, particularly the unmarried ones, desperate to prove that they haven't been left on the shelf. All the guys in their pricy suits that will be shed as ...
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Qusca is part of a recent boom in "third spaces" (i.e. not work or home) that allow you to sleep or rest in private. Internet cafes have for years now been as much about overnight accommodation and ...
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Japanese homes can be on the smaller side so sometimes there is a need to double-up and save space. Plants in particular, though very pleasant in the home, can consume a fair bit of room. How ...
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A Lego hotel is currently being constructed in Carlsbad, California but fans in Japan will only have to wait until 2016 before they get their own chance to stay in a Lego-themed deluxe suite. The ...
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Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee (41) has been arrested by Tokyo police on suspicion of distributing obscene imagery, a development that will surely ignite a fierce debate over the freedom of ...
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Shinto, the native Japanese (quasi-?)religion, has never been averse to merchantile environs. Major corporations have their own shrines (jinja) and department stores may often have one on their ...
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A special music video for the release in Japan of Alicia Keys' new single, Girl on Fire, has been made by the photographer and film director Mika Ninagawa. The special collaboration is officially ...
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There are some things that, no matter how long I say here, I still just can't get my head around. The preference for natto. Honey on pizza. The appeal of SMAP. Japanese people have some ...
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The singer and model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu last night (January 29th) performed a concert at Sojoji temple in Shiba Park in the brightly lit shadows of Tokyo Tower, where 1,500 invitees had gathered for a ...
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What a great idea for both the winter and Valentine's Day! If you've ever wanted to hold your partner's hand while out and about in the cold -- here's your perfect winter accessory. Usually ...
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I suppose it was inevitable when a medium can give birth to themes as diverse as the life of the Buddha through to bestselling tales of flying pirates that eventually Japan's mainstream comic book ...
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Japanese figure culture is a lot more than just Akihabara shojo girl figurines. In recent years makers like Bandai have been releasing highly sophisticated figure models with around 30 movable ...
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The Star Wars villain like you've never seen him before!
Are you a fan of Ultraman and Ultra Seven? Do you have $30,000 to spare? Can you play the guitar? If you answered "Yes" to all of the above, you may want to get your strumming hands on the ...
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Play hunt the lost ship in Osaka this weekend. At the Creative Center Osaka (the former Namura Shipyard) there will be a "Vanished Ship Plan" event on January 27th. Participants will be divided ...
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Forget the retro charms of Instagram, transform the photos taken with your phone into a personal comic book strip instead! Manga Camera is an phone app that converts your regular image into a ...
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