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12 spots to frequent in Tokyo if you want to be a true local

Saying Tokyo is overwhelming to visit is a gross understatement. Searching for a decent happy place to unwind or simply enjoy a lazy afternoon can …

Japan

Why the story of body-swapping teenagers has gripped Japan

<b>A Japanese film has made history by becoming the first animation not made by the legendary Studio Ghibli to rake in more than 10bn yen (£76m; $98m) in a month. But what exactly is it that has been drawing in the crowds?</b><p>1. It is a body-swapping fantasy<p>Your Name, also known as Kimi no Na wa in …

Anime

13 Traditional Japanese Recipes

More by Manuela<p>When people think about Japanese food, the first thing that comes to mind is sushi. Sushi is definitely a huge part of Japanese …

Tokyo Ghoul Is Your Manga Gateway Drug

<b>Paperback</b> $12.27 | $12.99<p>If you’ve never read manga before, <i>Tokyo Ghoul</i> is an addictive gateway drug. Even if you’re a well-versed otaku, it’s a …

Japanese Oyakodon: Chicken + Egg + 15 Minutes = Dinner

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>A couple of weeks back, I said that if ramen is like the hamburger of Japan, then <i>gyudon</i> (simmered beef and rice bowl) is its hot dog. Extending the analogy, I'd say that <i>oyakodon</i> is its pizza—if pizza were the kind of …

Recipes

10 Valuable Lessons to Be Learned From Japanese Culture

10 Valuable Lessons to Be Learned From Japanese Culture<p>Updated on July 22, 2015<p>Living In Japan Changed My Life<p>I had the privilege of living in Japan …

The Little Japanese Coffee Shop That Beat the Third Wave

The term “Third Wave” as it relates to coffee was first put to print in an article that ran in 2002, in a specialty publication written for and by …

Japanese lingerie brand brings out new line of swimsuits for women with petite breasts

The gorgeous lineup includes “<b>Twinkle Angel</b>” and “<b>Petite Swan</b>” designs.<p>Since their debut two years ago, Japanese lingerie brand Feast has had …

Korean photographer documents life living with sex doll in series of beautiful pictures 【Pics】

Love can be real, even if your partner isn’t.<p><b>“Love dolls”</b> have gotten to the point where they’re so realistic that they’ve participated in wrestling …

Create meals like an anime character from a Studio Ghibli film with new cookware from Japan

Bring some <b>Ghibli magic</b> into the kitchen with <b>Calcifer</b> from <b>Howl’s Moving Castle</b> and the famous <b>fish pie</b> from <b>Kiki’s Delivery Service</b>.<p>While the Ghibli …

Anime

Tokyo Apartment / Yumiko Miki Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> An oak-edged window providesa framed view ofthe living room within this Tokyo apartment, intended by …

Architecture

10 Reasons Why Japan is Awesome for Solo Female Travel

I didn't go to Japan looking to test out its safety or to see if it was or wasn't a good place for solo female travel. I'm so used to traveling on my own these days that it seems normal to me, however I have to say, I was especially blown away by my solo experience in Japan.<p>Not only did I feel …

Japan

What Happens When You Animate an 800-Year-Old Manga Strip

A historical artifact featuring a bunch of frolicking animals has been given a new lease of life.<p>Proving that old creations can be revamped to suit modern day tastes, Studio Ghibli, Japan's beloved animation studio, has gone and given motion to an 800-year-old manga scroll.<p>In a YouTube video …

Manga

Vibrant Photos Pay Homage to Slavic Folklore through High-Fashion Portraits

Vibrant images with a distinctive blend of stylistic influences are the modus operandi of Moscow-based photographer Andrey Yakovlev and art director Lili Aleeva (a duo known simply as Yakovlev and Aleeva). Placing an emphasis on feminine beauty and glamour, the creative husband-wife pair has …

High Fashion

discover japan and south korea's unique street style, straight up

Follow Ieva Blaževičiūtė's lens through the streets of Tokyo and Seoul as she captures the two cities' most compelling youth.<p><b>Lilhoneyprincess, 19,</b> <b>Tokyo, Japan</b><p><b>What do you do?</b> I'm a recording artist/model. <b>What are you wearing from head to toe?</b> Jacket vintage, top Forever 21, bottoms Bershka, socks …

US current account trade deficit at highest level in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the nation's broadest measure of trade increased in the January-March quarter to the highest level in more than seven years.<p>The current account trade deficit jumped 9.9 percent in the first quarter to $124.7 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It was …

India's current account deficit narrows sharply to $0.3 bn on lower trade deficit

<b>Mumbai:</b> India's current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to USD 0.3 billion, or 0.1 per cent of GDP, in the fourth quarter of 2015-16 from USD …

Economy

Greek Parliament Approves Fresh Austerity Measures to Secure Bailout Cash

Parliamentary vote comes ahead of eurozone finance ministers meeting on disbursement of funds<p>ATHENS—Greece’s parliament approved a raft of fresh taxes and austerity measures that the country must legislate to unlock further rescue loans, as the country’s most influential creditors—Germany and the …

Europe

5 things you didn’t know you could buy at the “Kombini”

It has often been said that Japan has vending machines for almost everything. Whether it’s a hot coffee, an iced tea, or even an umbrella, chances …

Shoot Now, Think Later: Hiroyuki Ito Rediscovers Japan

Last summer New York-based photographer Hiroyuki Ito set out on a five-week trip with his wife, traveling through Japan on a JR Pass. The discounted …

Trench Coats, The Symbolic Tokyo Skinny Jeans, Miu Miu & Chanel in Harajuku

We spotted this stylish duo wearing matching outfits on the street in Harajuku. This is what we found out about them:<p>S.You is the creator of The …

7 Japanese Green Teas You Should Be Drinking Right Now

Shincha's microseason is back. Here, the tea master, matriarch and vice president of Kyoto’s 300-year-old Ippodo Tea Co. explains how the leaves of …

Tea

How to Grill Zucchini Like Japanese Restaurants

Grilled zucchini -- the kind you find at a Japanese steak house -- makes a tender and flavorful side dish. The sesame seeds and soy sauce give the …

Dramatic, minimalist street photography that captures the quieter side of Tokyo

Picking out the enticing patterns and symmetry of Tokyo's streets and surrounding architecture, while playing with light and shadow – Japanese …

Taxi drivers in Japan report 'ghost passengers' in tsunami-ravaged area

A number of taxi drivers have reported seeing ‘ghost passengers’ in Ishinomaki in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, an area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.<p>Asahi Shimbun reports that Yuka Kudo, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University majoring in sociology, interviewed more than 100 …

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A Wonderfully Illustrated 1925 Japanese Edition of Aesop’s Fables by Legendary Children’s Book Illustrator Takeo Takei

Most of us have internalized the content of a fair few of Aesop's fables but have long since forgotten the source — if, indeed, we read it close to …