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Walk though Japan's wild districts, Osaka and Tokyo

OSAKA, Japan — New York has Times Square, Las Vegas has the Strip, and most visitors to New Orleans take a stroll on Bourbon Street.<p>But to experience wild, Japanese nightlife at its gaudiest -- and get a real kick to the senses -- I made two stops on opposite sides of the country, the Dotonbori …

Japan

Magical Photos of Japan’s ‘Decorated Truck’ Subculture

Junichi Tajima runs a waste disposal company in Japan, but he’s not a regular semi-truck driver. He’s one of an estimated six hundred remaining</i> …

2 Days in Tokyo Itinerary: What to See and Do in 48 Hours

Most people dream of visiting Japan. The food, the culture, the people — you can’t help but be drawn to the island nation. Add onto that the upcoming …

Why Mindfulness Meditation Is The Most Important (and Undervalued) Self-Development Practice

Meditation is always the first thing to go.<p>The busier you are, the easier it becomes to sacrifice your values.<p>If you aren't careful, you'll blink and wake up living the life you never wanted--a life filled with regret, mediocrity, and complacency.<p>You'll lay awake late at night contemplating all of …

Meditation

'Little idols': Japan's dark obsession with young girls

TOKYO: In a cramped and dark venue in a sleazy Tokyo district, dozens of middle-aged men cheer at a performer on stage: The object of their adoration …

Tattoo-Friendly Hot Springs and Sento in Tokyo

Since long before foreign tourists were freely coming in and out of Japan, tattoos have been traditionally been seen as a mark of the more nefarious …

Exploring Tokyo: 3 Must-Visit Spots around Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is a large hub connecting the Japanese capital to all corners of Japan’s main island – and beyond. While a lot of people mainly visit …

Japan

'Crypto-heist': Coincheck Hack Could Be The World's Biggest Ever Cryptocurrency Theft

One of Asia’s biggest digital currency exchanges – Coincheck – has admitted the loss of around $534 million worth of cryptocurrency following an attack on its network.<p>The Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan-based company said hackers broke in at 02:57am local time on Friday (12:57pm EST on Thursday, 25 January). …

Cryptocurrency

Yakuza boss arrested in Thailand after photos of his tattoos go viral

Police capture 72-year-old Japanese fugitive who was recognised when images of his body art were circulated online<p>A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand, ending more than 14 years on the run, after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral.<p>Shigeharu …

Crime

The Incredibly Heartwarming Story Of Hachiko, The Most Loving Loyal Dog Ever

Right outside the Shibuya Station in Tokyo, there is a statue of a dog. In fact, even the exit is named after him. Why? Well for that you need to …

Pets

A Bathing Ape Teams up With ‘Dragon Ball Z’ on Another Highly Charged Collection

Following on from its first, well-received release back in April of this year, A Bathing Ape has once again called on the aesthetic charms of <i>Dragon</i> …

Dragon Ball

The Bamboo Flutes of Japan’s ‘Monks of Emptiness’

The basket-masked komusō monks used music to meditate and created a distinctive art form.<p>Those familiar with Japanese history or culture might have …

Flute

How Japan's youth see the kamikaze pilots of WW2

<b>During World War Two, thousands of Japanese pilots volunteered to be kamikaze, suicidally crashing their planes in the name of their emperor. More than 70 years on, the BBC's Mariko Oi asks what these once revered men mean to Japan's youth.</b><p>Irrational, heroic and stupid: this was what three young …

Japan

Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata

Armed with an Olympus digital camera and a bag full of cat toys, Japanese photographer Hiroyuki Hisakata ventures off to an island populated by stray …

Japanese Culture

Seven Serene Japanese Gardens to Visit

A new Phaidon-published tome explores the storied history of horticulture in Japan<p>Sophie Walker, not content with simply being known as the young …

Preserving the Art of Traditional Japanese Indigo Dyeing

Some things never go out of style; just ask the four artisans behind the group BUAISOU who still use natural centuries-old Japanese indigo dyeing …

Japan

Japan has started delivering groceries by drones to Fukushima residents

The Japanese town of Odaka is being thrust into the future with drone deliveries<p>Japan is taking humanitarian aid in disaster zones to – quite …

eCommerce

Suspect in Japan Serial-Killer Case Sought Out Suicidal People

TOKYO — Over the summer, the man told his father that his life had no meaning. Then he went looking for others who felt the same way, and apparently killed them.<p>The man, Takahiro Shiraishi, was arrested on Tuesday, a day after the police visited his apartment almost 30 miles southwest of Tokyo and …

Crime

Cash in trash turning up all around Japan

TOKYO -- Something strange is happening in Japan -- people are stumbling across piles of cash, often at garbage collection points. In 2016, the …

Japan

Japan's Samurai Warriors

From the Taiki Reforms to the Meiji Restoration<p>The samurai, a class of highly skilled warriors, gradually developed in Japan after the Taika reforms …

What to Do in Tokyo: North, South, East and West Districts

Trying to decide what do in Tokyo is a challenge! The city has a multitude of places and activities to do, and depending on...The post What to Do in …

Japan

Kyoto’s Edo style Starbucks

Have you always dreamed of travelling back in time and sipping tea in the old capital of Japan during the Edo period, whilst simultaneously giving in …

Japan

Osaka Court's Ruling Helps Destroy Tattoos In Japan

Today in Osaka, a District Court ruled that tattooer Taiki Masuda broke the law by tattooing without a medical license.<p>Police raided Masuda’s studio …

Japan

Buddhism in Ancient Japan

Buddhism was introduced to ancient Japan via Korea in the 6th century CE with various sects following in subsequent centuries via China. It was …

Elderly Japanese man drops his pubes on a girl on the subway

Shocking footage has emerged of an elderly Japanese man putting what appears to be his pubes on the head of a young Japanese girl.<p>The footage was …

Strange Vending Machines That Japanese People Find Surprising

Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for its weird vending machines. What do Japanese people think about vending machines in other countries?<p>Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for being the home of weird and wacky vending machines. What is not as commonly understood, …

Japan

The otherworldly appeal of Japanese artist Mr. and his desexualised depictions of cute young girls

The anime-inspired work of the Japanese artist known as Mr. has become a lot more acceptable these days.<p>Gone are the hyper-sexualised images of young …

Art

Beauty of the Kanbun Era | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

Kanbun bijin, or “Beauties of the Kanbun Era,” is a generic name given to paintings of a woman (or sometimes a handsome young man) standing alone …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

We Asked J-Culture Fans to Defend Being 'Weeaboos'

We talked to cosplayers and manga lovers at London's Hyper Japan to talk about the term "weeb".<p>Japanese culture is more accessible than ever – whether that means eating sushi while listening to Babymetal, getting a tattoo in katakana you absolutely don't understand, or watching a Netflix remake of …

Anime