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Focus: Japan's Don Quijote rides high on rule-breaking reputation

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese discount retailer Don Quijote Holdings Co Ltd was once the industry's enfant terrible, overturning standard retail practices with its cluttered and chaotic stores that sell everything from faux leopard-skin rugs to designer watches.<p>These days, however, Donki - as it …

eCommerce

Before and After: A Streamlined Apartment in Italy Boasts Tons of Custom Furniture

Using a restrained color and material palette, Gosplan Architects transforms an old home in Genova into a bright, functional flat.<p>When a young couple from Genova, Italy, inherited a 1,180-square-foot property from a grandparent, they decided to transform the old house into a bright, modern home …

Architecture

Ghosts on the shore

In Japan, ghost stories are not to be scoffed at, but provide deep insights into the fuzzy boundary between life and death<i>By Christopher Harding</i>Read …

20th Century

Japanese Porn's Most Infamous Vehicle

In Japan, there one vehicle that if you see it rocking on the Tokyo streets, you should definitely not going a-knocking.<p>Run by a Japanese porn …

Japan

Behind the Yakuza: documenting the women of Japan’s mafia

The underworld infamy of organised crime has long been romanticised in pop culture. On the silver screen, cult classics like <i>The Godfather</i> or <i>Goodfellas</i> have shaped the public’s perceptions of what being a mobster means. In 2015, Netflix’s <i>Narcos</i> shifted the focus towards Colombia’s criminal …

Japan

5 less-frequented island destinations in Japan that you just can’t miss

I’m sure you’ve heard of sakura<i>,</i> the delicate pink Japanese cherry blossom which attracts swarms of tourists during the months of March and April …

Japan

73 Years Later, the "A-Bomb" Ginkgo Trees Still Grow in Hiroshima

"There’s a huge paradox at the heart of this ginkgo story."<p>On August 6, 1945, an Allied plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, creating a …

Hiroshima

Easy, Authentic Japanese Recipes: Making Mixed Tempura!

Japanese star chef Ryuta Kijima created simple recipes based around the food served in the recent anime Izakaya Nobu, for you to cook in your own …

Deep Frying

'Once You See the Images, You Understand.' Japanese Students Recreated Hiroshima Bombing in Virtual Reality

(FUKUYAMA) — It’s a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash …

Virtual Reality

Designed features can make cities safer, but getting it wrong can be plain frightening

City planners and designers can help make spaces safer in many ways. One strategy is known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED, …

Urbanism

Transforming the Parking Garages of Today Into the Housing of Tomorrow

Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you may want to consider looking at a former parking garage, because they just might be the next place …

Urban Design

Hiroshima bomber tasted lead after nuclear blast, rediscovered Enola Gay recordings reveal

Taped recordings and transcripts of interviews with the pilot and crew of the Enola Gay have been donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 40 years after they were apparently lost and 73 years after the aircraft dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on the city.<p>The 27 tapes cover 30 …

Hiroshima

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

Japan

The complex art of apology in Japan

Roughly translated as an apologetic ‘excuse me’, ‘sumimasen’ rings out of doorways, taxis, shops and restaurants, leaving ‘arigatou’ (thank you) by the wayside.<p>It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and …

Japan

The world is running out of Japanese people

Japan is shrinking. Fast.<p>The health ministry recently announced that only 946,060 babies were born in Japan in 2017, the fewest births since official statistics began in 1899. At the same time, 1,340,433 Japanese people died last year. This means that the non-immigrant population declined by nearly …

Japan

Watch the Brutal, Dangerous, and Delightful Art of Making a Japanese Delicacy

The brute force and coordination of the world's fastest mochi makers is fun to behold.<p>When a chef says they put their blood, sweat, and tears into …

Japan

The 2019 Stone Nude Calendar Will Be The Last

Photo: Dean Fidelman<p>The sun’s heat cooks up the Sierra’s wild sage surrounding the Mobil mart in Lee Vining, California, as 62-year-old Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman looks out at Mono Lake and the White Mountains. He’s waiting for a woman named Jamie to arrive for what he knows will be the last image …

Climbing

Gardening 101: Hakone Grass

Hakone Grass, <i>Hakonechloa:</i> “Japanese Forest Grass”<p>Think of it as Cousin Itt style for the garden. Low-growing clumps of <i>Hakonechloa macra</i> grass add …

Japan

8 Things I Regretted About My Japan Visit (And How You Can Enjoy Your Time Better!)

Now more than ever, the number of people who decide to spend time in Japan is dramatically increasing. More and more new travelers head to the Land …

Japan

Shining Monday: How Japan is trying to make start of working week more palatable

Monday mornings - widely accepted as the least enchanting part of the working week - are to become far more appealing in Japan.<p>As part of its broader plan to improve the work/life balance of the working population - and do away with the stubbornly persistent problem of “karoshi”, or death by …

Japan

Mount Fuji eruption fears prompt Japan to draw up disaster plans

The Japanese government is to set up a disaster management task force after a new report warned that an eruption of Mount Fuji could blanket Tokyo with more than 3 feet of volcanic ash, bringing the city to a standstill.<p>Japan has suffered a number of major natural disasters already this year, with …

Natural Disasters

The Complete Guide to Shibuya Station

Shibuya is known as Tokyo’s premier hub for Japan’s youth, fashion, and subcultures of all kinds. In the center of it towers the large Shibuya …

Japan

This Can-Do Pool House Cleverly Goes From Private to Party Mode

Built to weather a harsh, mountain climate, this sleek pool house in Park City, Utah, transitions easily from private guesthouse to party central.<p>Salt Lake City–based designers Jamie Bellessa and David Clyde have recently completed the interiors of a relaxed, yet stylish, pool house for a …

Salt Lake City

A buddhist monk has apologized for calling a visitor to his temple an 'uneducated f---' after they criticized their stay on Booking.com

"Yeah, it's Japanese monastic cuisine you uneducated f***."<p>So read a monk's response to one unfortunate tourist who had the gall to call the fare at his temple guesthouse "quite unlike any food I've ever tasted."<p>The Sekishoin Shukubo guesthouse, located in an ancient Buddhist temple in Mount Kōya, …

Japan

Released memo points to Hirohito's role in Pearl Harbor raid

TOKYO (AP) — A newly released memo by a wartime Japanese official provides what a historian says is the first look at the thinking of Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the U.S. into World War II.<p>While far from conclusive, …

Japan

Fancy Co-Living Spaces Are the Trendy New Way White People Ruin Everything

How the hipster solution to the rising cost of rent is gentrifying neighborhoods.<p>The cost of living across the US is on the rise, and as wages fail to keep up, Americans living in major cities are at an increased risk of being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods. One trendy, widely touted …

Housing

Japan Is Bracing For an Epic, Nation-Wide Tech Meltdown, All Because of One Man

It is, quite literally, the end of times.<p>His formal title is His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, Akihito, who succeeded to Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne …

Japan

Facebook's free food banned as Silicon Valley restaurants hit back

Free food has long been a perk of Silicon Valley. On the campuses of Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, employees have access to high-end restaurants with pizza ovens, sushi counters, freshly baked pastries and ice cream.<p>However, as technology companies come under increasing pressure to deliver more …

Silicon Valley

The Five Best Places to Visit in Kyoto - Japan - Asia Travel

The best places to visit in Kyoto can vary from personal preference and choice, you may be interested in visiting historical landmarks, or the …

Japan

'White people are so fragile, bless 'em' … meet Rhiannon Giddens, banjo warrior

‘We’re all racist to some degree,” says Rhiannon Giddens. “Just like we’re all privileged to some degree. I have privilege in my system because I’m light-skinned. I hear people say, ‘I didn’t have it easy growing up either.’ But when did it become a competition?”<p>As someone on a mission to bridge …

Folk Festival