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24 photos that will make you want to visit Japan

From its tranquil and picturesque Mount Fuji to cutting-edge robot restaurants in Tokyo, here are some of the country's most magnificent sites.

Congratulations To Ariana Miyamoto, The Japanese 'Hafu' Beauty Queen -- Towards A More Open Japan?

This column focuses on issues of Asian regional and global political economy. Writing about a beauty queen therefore may seem odd. However, the winner of this year’s Miss Japan contest, Ariana Miyamoto (see picture below), is no ordinary beauty queen. The twenty-year old Ariana was born in Nagasaki …

Just how clean are Japan’s high-tech public restroom bidet-equipped toilets?

After cars and video game consoles, <b>fancy toilets</b> just might be Japan’s best-known technological achievement. In a society that prizes cleanliness, …

Japan

What It's Actually Like To Be Really Sensitive

I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.

Proper Etiquette Towards Your Japanese Neighbors

If you’re new to how some Japanese people see foreigners as far as neighbors are concerned, please allow me to give you a word of advice: they may …

Japan

Court in Japan rules that paying for sex is not adultery in landmark ruling

A court in Japan has ruled that a husband who sleeps with another woman is not committing adultery if the sex is a business transaction.<p>The ruling …

The "will boyfriend": A new title in Japan’s evolving dating scene

<b>The Japanese language takes a lot of cues from English when it comes to talking about romance</b>. For example, “<i>kisu</i>”, the corrupted pronunciation of …

Learning About the Japanese Lifestyle Through Anime – Japan Info

Anime, as we all know, plays an important role in the lives of Japanese. When you say the word “anime,” the first word that comes to mind is …

Anime

Book ahead, Australia: Supersense, Melbourne animation, Kakadu Man

Photograph: supplied<p>Works by John Cale featuring Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) will be part of Supersense festival<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/4/1433394973097/6c92f04b-c59d-49d9-9d99-bc0fb366ccae-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: supplied<p>Works by John Cale featuring …

The Five Japanese Streets That People of Japan Most Want to Visit

If you’ve ever longed to go back to an old Japan, where samurai stayed at old ramshackle inns and merchants filled the air with the scent of food, …

Nature and Asian Pluralism in the Work of Miyazaki Hayao

Here in his own country, Miyazaki Hayao is regarded as a kind of national treasure, the beloved creator of animated films that embody Japanese values …

30 Must Have Souvenirs from Japan... and some Travel Tips

Did ever happened to you to be in a foreign country, to wish to bring home some souvenir and to be unable to decide what to buy? In Japan, this may …

Japan

120 tips for being a successful graphic designer

Cristian Eres, a graphic designer and illustrator from Valencia, Spain, has published an illustrated book on Behance aimed at graphic designers …

"Don't touch my moustache!" Japanese that sounds like English but isn't, and vice versa!

When you start <b>learning another language</b>, like, say, Japanese, it’s common to come across certain words that <b>sound like</b> English words, but aren’t. For …

PS4 and PC Getting Non-Combat MMO Wander Next Week

Non-combat MMO Wander--which allows you to play as a bird or a sentient tree, among other creatures--finally has a release date. The intriguing-looking game will be released on June 4 for PlayStation 4 and PC, writer and character designer Crystal Flinn announced today.<p>A new trailer for Wander is …

Abbott says Japanese subs 'best in the world'; Defence disagrees

The federal Defence Department has refused to back Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s assertion that the Japanese Soryu submarine is “the best in the …

Japan braces for severe butter shortage

Government prepares for emergency imports as demand for butter is expected to outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes<p>Japan is bracing for a severe butter shortage that threatens cake making across the country, echoing last year’s dairy disaster that left supermarket shelves empty.<p>The Japan Dairy …

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1860s photos of the last Samurai

Felice Beato photographed Samurai in the 1860s and hand-colored the prints. According to Getty, he "made hundreds of ethnographic portraits and genre …

Felice

When Marnie Was There review: is this Studio Ghibli's last-ever movie?

<i>When Marnie Was There</i> opens in the tradition of similarly subdued Ghibli movies like <i>Only Yesterday</i> and <i>Whisper of the Heart</i>, placing its main character in a hyper-detailed, authentic depiction of a modern Japanese city. Anna is a troubled 12-year-old girl living in Sapporo, and after she suffers an …

Anime

Photos: Japan's 34 most beautiful places | CNN Travel

If you only have ONE more day to live, what anime would you watch? Fans vote for the Top 20 - Page 2 of 2

5) AnoHana<p>4) Kuroko’s Basketball<p>3) Angel Beats!<p>2) Gintama<p>1) Clannad<p>The results offer a unique mix of comedic and tragic anime with tearjerkers like …

Anime

We tried Tokyo's "rent a middle-aged Japanese man" service, and it was awesome!

<b>You can rent pretty much anything in Japan.</b> Even people, it would seem.<p>With so many people working long hours and not having the time to devote to …

Dog was a savior to tsunami survivor, now a dying friend

About 30 km north of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, an old <i>shiba</i> dog strains for breath in a temporary, prefabricated house in …

50 Reasons Why Japan Is Awesome (or, 50 Things To Do & See In Japan)

This is a MONSTER post with lots of photos, so let’s get straight into it. In no particular order, here is 50 cool things about Japan…<p><b>Vending</b> …

Japan

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How to Draw a Dungeon Map. Part 2: Colour

How do you take a dungeon map like this one from the previous tutorial and add colour? An isometric map is a little trickier than a top down map. …

5 Bad DM Habits

All DMs make mistakes and pick up bad habits from time-to-time. It’s natural and mostly unavoidable when dealing with live PCs and complex game …

games