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Stories about Japan

31 October 2016

Revellers in Costume Descend on Tokyo by the Thousands for Halloween

Halloween has been growing in popularity in Japan over previous years. In 2016, there was more money spent in Japan on Halloween than on Valentine's Day.

26 October 2016

From China to Indonesia to Timor Leste, Discover the Beats of Asian Hip Hop

Time to update your playlist.

24 October 2016

Just How Welcome Are ‘Foreigners’ on Japanese Trains?

A private railway company in western Japan recently came under fire after a conductor apologized for the presence of “foreigners” on a train. And that was just the beginning.

22 October 2016

A Short History of Halloween in Japan

Halloween in Japan has become a creepy tour de force. But trick-or-treating has never caught on. Why?

17 October 2016

A Japanese Artist's Highly Realistic Paper Sculptures Are Coming to the US

"My animal sculptures, made from an accumulation of newspapers, might perhaps be portraying ourselves and our lives, on many levels."

14 October 2016

Some Japanese People Really Thought Haruki Murakami Would Finally Win the Nobel Prize This Time

Every year Japanese people wait in anticipation for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And every year they are disappointed.

8 October 2016

New Discovery About Persians in Ancient Japan Generates Excitement

There's proof that Persians traveled the Silk Road to live and work in ancient Japan.

7 October 2016

Why Japanese Bathrooms Are the Best, and Other Videos

This popular video blog is hosted by children and explains what life is like in Japan.

2 October 2016

Botched English Translation in Kyoto Implies Elderly People Are “Terrible Drivers”

"Why has the English translation ended up like this? This is offensive to elderly people and unacceptable coming from an international city."

25 September 2016

The Beginning Autumn Gives Japanese People a Great Excuse to Post to Social Media

It's that time of year when pictures of flowers, food, and cats are washing over Twitter in Japan.

24 September 2016

Convicted of Sexual Assault, Elite Japanese University Students Get Suspended Sentence

After the sexual assault of a university student, sex, class, privilege -- and strong cultural attitudes -- all play a role in the lighter sentences handed down to the perpetrators.

19 September 2016

There's a Premier Dinosaur Museum in Japan's Oft-Overlooked Fukui Prefecture

The Fukui Dinosaur Museum is one of the top tourism attractions in Japan, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at fossil remains from millennia gone by.

18 September 2016

Japan Finally Gets Free Public WiFi… Just Not For Japanese Residents

"Japanese government has announced plans to expand public WiFi access points across Japan. But just for tourists."

11 September 2016

Insects Swarm Japanese Social Media: Beautiful, Breathtaking, and Bamboo

A Japanese artist is using traditional artisanal craft techniques to create compelling bamboo insects that have developed a devoted following online.

Taiwanese-Japanese Leadership Hopeful's Candidacy Exposes Japan's Xenophobia

Renho Murata will have to convince many that she and the newly formed Democratic Party are 'Japanese enough' if she wins the leadership nomination next week.

3 September 2016

Don't Read Japanese? Four Blogs Bring Japanese Books to Life

If you're interested in Japanese literature, these bloggers should not be missed.

Japan's Most Astonishing Summer Festival

One of Japan's most impressive summer festivals involves dancing, drums and giant floats that make for irresistible Instagram uploads.

29 August 2016

The Summer Season Brings an Orchestra of Cicadas to Japan

There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?

27 August 2016

Super Mario and Prime Minister Abe Took Centre Stage in Japan's 2020 Promo at Rio

Japan invites the world to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo by emphasizing "otaku culture."

19 August 2016

The Dead Are Returning Home and It’s Time to Party in Japan

Instagram photos of Japanese people beating the heat by dancing under the stars and the lights of lanterns in mid-summer.

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