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Stories about Japan

24 August 2015

A Japanese Woman’s Impressive Appetite Leaves the Internet Hungry for More

Yuka Kinoshita has gained famed for the sheer amount of food she can pack away. She uploads her videos to YouTube.

18 August 2015

Instagram Photos Offer a Peek Into Nagasaki's Unique Send-Off for the Dead

Isolated Nagasaki, in western Japan, has a unique approach to Obon, the festival of the dead observed in Japan each year in mid-August.

17 August 2015

The Hilarious Mystery Surrounding Items Forgotten on Japanese Trains

A Matome Naver user has compiled a list of perplexing items that Twitter users have found inside train cars, including a brass tea kettle, a bonsai tree and a tomato.

15 August 2015

Amazing Japanese TV Commercial Racks Up Views

A popular commercial about an amazing game of baseball has gone viral in Japan.

14 August 2015

Using Paperclips, Broccoli or Microchips, This Japanese Artist Creates a Whimsical Diorama Every Day

A Japanese artist makes cool dioramas with everyday objects, and has cultivated a massive following on Instagram.

10 August 2015

On the Seventieth Anniversary of the Bombing, Japan Remembers Nagasaki

Long overshadowed by Hiroshima, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki highlights Japan's memory of the war.

9 August 2015

Why Are Japanese Airsoft Fans Cosplaying the Ukrainian Military?

RuNet Echo

Japan and Ukraine are miles apart. Why are Japanese airsoft players dressing as Ukrainian military and modeling their game scenarios after anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine?

7 August 2015

Before and After the Bomb: an Interactive Tour of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Archive is an interactive web tool based on Google Earth that explores Nagasaki - before and after the atomic bombing of August 9th, 1945.

5 August 2015

Metal Titans From the US and Japan Agree to an Epic Giant Robot Battle

American and Japanese robotics companies Megabots and Suidobashi Heavy Industries have agreed to participate in a giant robot battle one year from now.

3 August 2015

Summer is the Season for Fireworks in Japan

In July and August, massive and elaborate fireworks displays are held all over Japan.

China Finally Opens Door to Overseas Game Consoles

China finally lifts its ban on sales of game consoles. Is this the dawn of a new age in home video entertainment?

28 July 2015

Eiffel Tower Plans? Beware of the ‘Paris Syndrome’

The City of Lights can be both appealing and anxiety-inducing. Here are how some visitors, notably the Japanese, have experienced the city and the feedback from Parisians.

27 July 2015

Unintentionally Amusing Illustrations Found in Japanese Textbooks

"Thanks to these illustrations, I'm unable to concentrate while studying, haha."

26 July 2015

How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home

There are thousands of YouTube videos that can let you explore almost every part of Japan by train from your own computer.

24 July 2015

New Video Shows How Japan's Urato Islands Are Bouncing Back Post-Tsunami

For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.

Japanese Media Group's Purchase of the Financial Times Shocks China

Given the bad blood between China and Japan over Japanese war crimes during World War II as well as geo-political tensions in Asia, many Chinese didn't take the news well.

16 July 2015

Despite Protests, Japan's Ruling Coaltion Rams Through Controversial War Powers Legislation

"In front of the national Diet. On what path is this country now headed, I wonder? July 15, 2015: a day of dread."

15 July 2015

Developer, President, Gamer: the World Says Goodbye to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Popular Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has died, leaving gaming fans around the world to mourn his loss.

11 July 2015

Japan’s ‘Double’ Miss Universe Tests the Country’s Changing Attitudes on Race

"So what if Ariana doesn't look like a pure-blooded Japanese? Her mom's Japanese...and she said her daughter's acclimated to Japanese culture. Ariana's an elegant Japanese woman!"

9 July 2015

Japan's Cosplay Culture Helps a Global Community Experiment With Identity

Cosplay, a term that describes dressing up like fictional characters, transcends ethnic and cultural borders and promotes personal empowerment.

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