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Stories about Japanese

11 February 2016

Hilarious Animated History of Japan Gets Rave Reviews—Including From Japanese

Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.

4 February 2016

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

28 January 2016

Japanese TV Personality's Career Demolished After Affair With Married Musician

A relatively tame sex scandal highlights the unforgiving nature of Japan's entertainment industry.

23 January 2016

Get a Glimpse of Life in ‘Fair Japan’

Japanophiles, rejoice! Many amazing images of the country can be found in the New York Public Library's digital image archive, now in the public domain.

12 January 2016

Japan Celebrates the Spectacular Images of a Volcanic Island Being Born

A volcano south of Japan is providing spectacular images of a new island's slow creation.

31 December 2015

Ringing in the New Year in Japan With Fresh Fish

Fish and seafood is an important part of New Year's celebrations in Japan. Here are some photos of shopping for fish.

24 December 2015

Christmas in Japan? Get Ready for Running Trees, Dazzling Lights, and Fried Chicken

Japan has its own unique approach to Christmas that includes amazing light displays, delicate cakes and delicious fried chicken.

18 December 2015

As Japan Refuses to Accept More Refugees, a Hateful Meme Goes Viral

Though Internet users only recently debunked a false English-language meme about Japan's alleged restrictions on Muslims, it's far from true that Japan necessarily welcomes immigrants and refugees with open arms.

14 December 2015

The Wonderful World of Japan's ‘Okonomiyaki’

Which is better: Osaka-style or Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki? One Twitter account is hoping to help you make up your mind.

6 December 2015

Famed Post-War Japanese Cartoonist Mizuki Shigeru Dies

Mizuki Shigeru, one of Japan's greatest post-War pop icons, has died. His cartoons captured the soul of Japan.

24 November 2015

How the Ruling Oligarchy Imperils Japanese Democracy

How committed is Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to Japan's national defense, and what does that mean for the country's Constitution?

15 November 2015

Think You're Cool? Then These Stop-Motion Ultraman Videos Are for You.

A YouTube user has created compelling stop-motion videos of the beloved Japanese superhero Ultraman.

14 November 2015

Old Photos Show How the West Perceived Japan

Adolfo Farsari's hand-painted photos provide a glimpse of how Europeans regarded the country just a few decades after the end of that country's period of isolation.

10 November 2015

Stunning Instagram Photos of Fall Foliage in Japan

These Instagram photos of Nikko, a popular tourist destination northeast of Tokyo, capture the magic of fall in Japan.

7 November 2015

Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial

Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.

31 October 2015

At Japan's Cafe de Monk, Tsunami Survivors Can Get Coffee, Cake and a Sympathetic Ear

Nearly five years after the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan, thousands still suffer the consequences. So a Japanese Buddhist monk developed a pop-up cafe to cater to their needs.

28 October 2015

Kotatsu or Korsy? Is This Heating Method Japanese or Iranian?

Japan and Iran seem to have common techniques for keeping cozy during the winter seasons.

27 October 2015

From Okinawa to the UN, the Protest Against a US Military Base Continues

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga went to the UN to address human rights violations he says the Japanese and American governments have committed.

11 October 2015

Documentary Explores What It's Like to Be Black in Japan

This interesting full-length documentary, made by a pair of popular Japanese video bloggers explores what it's like to be black in Japan.

Video Blog Provides In-Depth Insights Into How Japanese Politics Work

Japan specialist Tim Langley provide in-depth insights into Japanese politics not normally covered in mainstream media in his engaging video blog.

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