Two things people readily associate with Japan are elements of history (especially samurai) and technology (particularly, at least more recently, somewhat wacky examples). These two are present in ...
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Japan has developed something of a reputation for accommodating solo activities: from karaoke for one to Korean BBQ, noodles restaurants like Ichiran, and even a Moomins cafe, there's a service or ...
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Still searching for that special something? Need to surprise your friends and family? Don't worry, when it comes to unique gift items, Japan has you covered. Here is our selection of the 15 ...
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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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Piko Taro, the alter ego of comedian Daimao Kosaka, rocked Japan and the world with his indelibly catchy "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP)" video in 2016. Having inspired so many imitators and boosted ...
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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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Recently Tokyoites were shocked by the first November snow in over 50 years, but spare a thought for those shivering folk who live on the northern island of Hokkaido. Need that slice of pizza in a ...
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World Nomads recently paid a visit to Tokyo, creating a video with a decided focus on the "weird" side to Japan's capital. In a whirlwind seven minutes, the video takes us from a hidden vibrator ...
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Carry your umbrella around in a truly Japanese style!
Just when you thought the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen viral phenomenon was fading away, along came a widely reported press conference at the FCCJ in Tokyo to boost the ratings, and now news that Piko ...
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One of the things we enjoy doing at Japan Trends is not only observing actual news and trends, but also how trends are reported and generated by the media, both Japanese and international. What is ...
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Okay, Wacky Japan alert... but this is quite fun, in a very cheeky way, and also might just be worthy of closer investigation. After all, here is a product that will not only turn heads, it might ...
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The Japanese are an overworked lot. This is why you can see them always trying to grab forty winks on the train. And it's why you get such a fantastic array of sleeping products. The spring ...
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Japan is a country that seems to inspire more than its far share of stereotypes and myths. The overseas media is also complicit in perpetuating many of the images of Japan that make it seem weird, ...
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So if you hated the way that a minor subcultural activity like injecting saline into your forehead was blown up (no pun) into a mainstream beauty "trend" by foreign media, then check out this latest ...
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