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Cultural Affairs Commissioner thinks some Japanese music sucks, angers many

2021-04-21T05:00:00Z
Newly appointed commissioner bringing a little X Factor to cultural promotion.

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“Life-size” Pokémon skeletons going on display to help kids learn about fossils

2021-04-21T10:00:00Z
Pikachu does Jurassic Park cosplay for traveling Pokémon Fossil Museum exhibit.

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Tokyo woman in trouble with the law after selling high-priced Evangelion bootleg posters

2021-04-21T13:00:00Z
Fans of the anime baffled by backgrounds for Rei Ayanami posters.

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Tokyo Requests COVID-19 State of Emergency from April 25 to May 9 or 11

posted on 2021-04-21 10:58 EDT by Alex Mateo
Osaka, Hyogo already requested 3rd state of emergency

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Japanese high school kendo coach caught forcing students to pay birthday-tribute money

2021-04-21T15:00:00Z
Typically, students are encouraged to report bullying to the adults, but what do you do when the adult is the bully?

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Anison Singer Masayoshi Oishi’s Surgery to Remove Vocal Cord Polyps was Successfully Completed

April 21, 2021 8:06pm CDT
His full music video for “SSSS.DYNAZENON” OP theme is now streamed

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Voice Actress Nao Toyama Posts All-song Preview for Her 1st Concept Album “off”

April 21, 2021 8:59pm CDT
The “rest & healing”-themed album hits stores May 12

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TeamLab’s new interactive tea art installation dazzles Japan with reactive, rhythmic lights【Vid】

2021-04-22T01:30:00Z
TeamLab’s Tea Time in the Soy Sauce Storehouse brings a whole new meaning to the term “tea light”.

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Kansai man arrested for defrauding his 35 girlfriends

2021-04-22T06:00:00Z
He would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for his 35 girlfriends.

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Zombies Haunt the Streets as ZOMBIE LAND SAGA Manhole Covers Appear

April 22, 2021 8:45am CDT
The first of 14 have been installed, with the rest to follow through spring

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English conversation school in Japan has clever reminder that students don’t have to be perfect

2021-04-22T15:00:00Z
But is there such a thing as too much confidence?

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Pooping in supermarket checkout lands Kitakyushu man 300,000 yen fine

2021-04-22T16:00:00Z
This might be a really gross start to a brighter future for the man.

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Meet Aloma: the Japanese male idol group cheering on moms through the trials of child-rearing

2021-04-23T03:00:00Z
A truly one-of-a-kind boy band.

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Japan Declares New COVID-19 State of Emergency in 4 Prefectures

posted on 2021-04-23 06:56 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo under declaration from April 25 to May 11

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Universal Studios Japan, Super Nintendo World to Close During New COVID-19 State of Emergency

posted on 2021-04-23 08:04 EDT by Egan Loo
Nintendo area just opened on March 18; Detective Conan, Hello Kitty attractions also affected

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Pokémon Center super store in Tokyo finds clever way to deal with scalpers

2021-04-23T13:30:00Z
A tricky technique worthy of a Pokémon championship battle.

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Japanese Masked Duo AmPm Enlist Indonesian Star Producer Dipha Barus for ‘On The Black and White’ Remix

Apr 23rd 2021

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Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries

2021-04-23T15:00:00Z
We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke.

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ALI Drummer Kahadio Arrested Again on Charges of Defrauding Osaka Woman in Her 70s

April 23, 2021 11:50am CDT
The band had produced singles for BEASTARS and JUJUTSU KAISEN

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Fujiyama Shrine has nothing to do with Mt. Fuji, everything to do with springtime beauty【Photos】

2021-04-23T17:30:00Z
Famous for fuji, and with good reason.

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Love Live! Sunshine!! Kanan VA Nanaka Suwa Posts Special MV “Wonderland!!”

April 23, 2021 7:59pm CDT
Her first solo single “Cobalt no Kodou” ranked 16th in Oricon’s daily charts

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Maaya Uchida Celebrates Her Artist Debut’s 7th Anniversary with Special “Soushou Innocence” MV

April 23, 2021 8:33pm CDT
Her “SSSS.DYNAZENON” ED theme will be released on May 21

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Virtual and real Japanese models collab for makeup commercial – but who’s the real one?

2021-04-24T01:00:00Z
It’s easy to tell once you already know who’s who, but not so much if you don’t.

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Pokémon manhole covers spreading with eight new Pokéfuta in Miyazaki

2021-04-24T05:00:00Z
Exeggutor-loving sunny southern prefecture also attracts Alolan Raichu.

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Join Yugiri From ZOMBIE LAND SAGA for a Drink as She Hosts VTuber Bar Session

April 24, 2021 2:59am CDT
She sings, pours drinks, and gains akachats in VTuber debut

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Madoka Magica and Saekano Events Go Completely Online Due to COVID-19

April 24, 2021 3:38am CDT
Events are still scheduled for April 25

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Major Cinema Chains, Sanrio Puroland, Takarazuka Revue Close Under Japan’s New State of Emergency

posted on 2021-04-24 06:10 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
New state of emergency takes effect on Sunday, is scheduled to last until May 11

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Ghibli Museum, Kyoto Int’l Manga Museum, Namco Namjatown Close During New COVID-19 State of Emergency

posted on 2021-04-24 10:19 EDT by Egan Loo
Nijigen no Mori also closes, while Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, Fuji-Q Highland stay open

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Blue heaven as Nemophila flowers come into bloom in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture【Photos】

2021-04-25T00:00:00Z
Sign of spring comes with a touching pandemic message from seaside park.

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Official Hatsune Miku Virtual Amusement Park Miku Lan β mini Yosakura – Details Announced

Apr 24th 2021
GEMS COMPANY and SUGAR to Make Guest Appearance ~to Be Opened in Virtual Cast During April 29th - May 1st~

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Life saved in Tottori, Japan by same skin transplant treatment used for Kyoto Animation arsonist

2021-04-25T09:00:00Z
Individual whose life was saved now in stable condition.

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Japanese high school girls remind us of the joys of country life in heartwarming Mt Fuji photo

2021-04-25T17:00:00Z
So much of what we love about Japan captured in one beautiful image.

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Singer Ichiro Mizuki Reveals Partial Vocal Cord Paralysis, Will Focus on Recovery

posted on 2021-04-25 22:40 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Mizuki sang themes for many tokusatsu, super robot anime in 5-decade career

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Love Live! Setsuna Yuki VA Tomori Kusunoki Releases MV for Rock Ballad “Vanilla”

April 25, 2021 8:56pm CDT
Her 2nd EP “Forced Shutdown” will be available this Wednesday

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Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley

2021-04-26T02:30:00Z
Pastry may or may not have been weaponized by attackers.

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Japanese survey ranks which prefectures people want to move back to the most

2021-04-26T03:00:00Z
Hint: There’s a lot of Kyushu pride in Japan.

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Voice Actress Mai Fuchigami and HKT48 Idol Mai Fuchigami to Host New Web Radio Program Together

April 26, 2021 12:31am CDT
They are both from Fukuoka and have the same blood type, A

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Aichi man who stole and replaced women’s shoes set free, victims too “disgusted” to press charges

2021-04-26T05:30:00Z
A rare example of someone being below the law.

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Panties stolen from man in Nagoya by male/female team of thieves

2021-04-26T15:00:00Z
Large amount of cheap lingerie pilfered.

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angela Releases Their First Lyric Video Featuring Sharp and Piercing Illustrations by amehal

April 26, 2021 11:17pm CDT
Their 10th original album “Battle & Message” will be available on May 19

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Coronavirus vaccinations for general public in Japan to start in mid-July at the earliest

2021-04-27T13:00:00Z
Trained dentists granted special permission to administer shots.

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KFC’s Colonel Sanders is becoming a samurai in Japan this week

2021-04-27T16:30:00Z
A Kentucky twist on a Japanese tradition.

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Toyota Housing Releases Ad with Mamoru Hosoda Film Footage

posted on 2021-04-27 13:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

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Watch Digest of Voice Actor Shouta Aoi’s No-Audience Concert at Nippon Budokan

April 27, 2021 8:15pm CDT
The concert consisted only of himself and a pianist accompanying him

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Love Live! Nijigasaki VA Tomori Kusunoki Posts Full MV for New Song “Forced Shutdown”

April 28, 2021 12:19am CDT
“Please take good care of my precious songs.”

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Tokyo goes dark as Governor asks for lights out in the city to help fight pandemic 【Pics, Videos】

2021-04-28T06:00:00Z
Japan’s capital struggles to contain its fourth wave of infections, but are people heeding warnings to avoid street drinking after dark?

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Yokohama Air Cabin: A new futuristic ropeway in the middle of the city

2021-04-28T13:00:00Z
We splash out on a pricey ticket for a ride that’s painfully short.

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Which other J-Pop stars will join former Arashi member Kazunari Ninomiya’s YouTube channel?

2021-04-28T14:00:00Z
One of Japan’s pop princes has started his own channel, but he’s heavily implying that he’ll borrow a little help from some of his famous friends.

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Altercation between train otaku leaves one with fractured skull, other in custody

2021-04-28T15:00:00Z
Suspect may be saved by his own age.

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China’s life-size Gundam anime robot statue is complete【Photos】

2021-04-28T16:00:00Z
Full-scale Freedom Gundam now standing in Shanghai.

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Japanese dad supports kid’s dream of becoming a dragon that school nixed, kid changes mind anyway

2021-04-28T17:00:00Z
New dream still has plenty of fantasy to it, though.

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Sora Amamiya Opens Her Another Official YouTube Channel Focusing on Entertainment Activities

April 28, 2021 7:50pm CDT
A new episode will be posted every Wednesday and Saturday

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Japan to open its first-ever esports gym in Tokyo, with options to pay for professional training

2021-04-29T01:00:00Z
A new venue where anyone can train to be a pro gamer!

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New virtual reality attraction allows thrill-seekers to bungee jump off Tokyo Tower

2021-04-29T02:15:00Z
Introducing a place where both the real and the virtual Tokyo landscape converges.

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Japanese chef’s curry cleanup kitchen hack means there’s no reason not to cook a pot right now

2021-04-29T17:00:00Z
A simple solution to one of the only bad things about making curry.

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Clip Studio Paint x NVIDIA Studio 27th International Illustration Contest Winners Announced

Apr 29th 2021

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Manga Artist Naoki Urasawa Launches His Official YouTube Channel

April 29, 2021 9:37pm CDT
He draws the channel’s banner illustration in ten minutes

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hololive EN VTubers Tease New HoloMyth Costumes For Early May Debut

April 30, 2021 2:40am CDT
The girls are gettin’ new threads!

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Sound! Euphonium Partners With Yamaha to Support Increasing School Band Membership

April 30, 2021 4:15am CDT
All participating schools will get a Eupho poster along with Yamaha’s support

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Chinese Embassy tweets controversial comic about U.S. democracy

2021-04-30T06:00:00Z
China starts another Twitter war, this time fanning the flames between Japan and American relations.

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New system in Japan lets you pay for shopping with anime character keychains【Photos】

2021-04-30T16:15:00Z
It’s not just e-money, it’s ani-money.

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Japanese netizen moves into new apartment, gets greeted by shriveled surprise in the oven【Pics】

2021-04-30T17:45:00Z
Ummm…thanks?

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Aikatsu Stars! VA Miyu Tomita’s 1st Full Album “Prologue” Hits Stores June 30

April 30, 2021 9:07pm CDT
“The album will make you feel the process of changing from a child to an adult.”

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THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Voice Actor Rei Matsuzaki Announces Pregnancy

May 01, 2021 4:13am CDT
Matsuzaki says the baby is due in the summertime

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Check Out the Bizarre New Video from Japanese Pop Star Nissy

May 1st 2021

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Japan’s PM says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since “many are taking time off now”

2021-05-01T13:00:00Z
Not the best time to be moving much-needed healthcare workers.

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New dinosaur fossil discovered on Awaji Island, named after Japanese god

2021-05-01T16:00:00Z
Well, new to us at least.

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Japanese schoolgirl and karate teen subdue violent shoplifter

2021-05-02T15:00:00Z
Martial artist happy to be able to put skills to use.

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Love Live! Series Ayumu Uehara VA Aguri Onishi Releases Her 2nd Solo Single on August 4

May 02, 2021 8:25pm CDT
Her official fan club has also launched

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En garde! Fencer Taxi begins in Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa

2021-05-03T01:00:00Z
“Pointless” you say? Touché…

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Japan has $10 bananas from the coldest prefecture in the country, but how do they taste?

2021-05-03T03:00:00Z
Tropical fruit from Japan’s frosty north.

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Mamoru Oshii: “Hideaki Anno is More of a Producer Than a Director These Days”

posted on 2021-05-03 11:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy
Oshii said he creates films so that he can “pick a fight with society,” and he believes that Miyazaki does the same even if he claims to create films for children to enjoy.

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The time farting lead to murder and the fall of one of Japan’s great samurai clans

2021-05-03T17:30:00Z
Japan’s Chiba Prefecture was once ruled by a samurai whose death was flatulence-related.

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Tokyo restaurant doesn’t tell you its name unless you ask, makes us appreciate life’s surprises

2021-05-04T01:00:00Z
Not far from Akihabara, there’s a soba spot that gave us food to eat and food for thought.

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Japanese town builds 42-foot, 25 million-yen squid statue as coronavirus response plan【Video】

2021-05-04T05:00:00Z
An eyesore and waste of government money, or a brilliant economic recovery scheme?

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7-Eleven in parking lot of other 7-Eleven opens for business in Japan

2021-05-04T13:00:00Z
Owner of lot’s first 7-Eleven goes shopping at the new one, talks to reporters on opening day.

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It takes only two simple steps to achieve this gorgeous springtime look【Pics】

2021-05-04T15:00:00Z
Best part of it all is that it only takes one beauty product.

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Nail Artist Behind Megan Thee Stallion’s Amazing Anime Nail Art Featured In New Vogue Magazine Profile

May 04, 2021 11:30am CDT
Renowned artist Coca Michelle behind iconic Jojo nail art seen on Instagram

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“Isekai Museum” Featuring Re:Zero, Overlord, Konosuba, Saga of Tanya the Evil Releases PV

posted on 2021-05-04 13:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy
Exhibit opens in Kadokawa Culture Museum from July 17 to September 26

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Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense

2021-05-04T17:45:00Z
Kyoto’s mandate seems to be one of the most burdensome on families in light of national directives for equipping students with electronic devices.

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Battle of Tokyo ‘Mixed Reality’ Project’s Streams The Rampage from Exile Tribe’s Music Video

posted on 2021-05-04 14:00 EDT by Alex Mateo
Video features “CALL OF JUSTICE” theme song for group’s avatar Rowdy Shogun

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Final Fantasy XIV Fan Explores Eorzea on the Silver Screen

May 04, 2021 2:02pm CDT
Can an intrepid employee of a temporarily closed theater acquire the hair-cut cosmetic of their dreams?

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Voice Actress Reina Ueda to Release 2nd Album “Nebula” on August 18

May 04, 2021 11:50pm CDT
The voice of Akane Shinjo (SSSS.Gridman), Miyako Hoshino (Wataten!), Ruri (Dr.STONE)

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Should you add wasabi to your soy sauce at a sushi restaurant?

2021-05-05T03:00:00Z
Japanese sushi chefs weighs in on customers who practice “wasabi joyu”.

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Japan Considers Extending COVID-19 State of Emergency

posted on 2021-05-05 00:02 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Also: Event restrictions extended until June

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Japanese hotel’s amazingly beautiful lobby is interactive art that changes with the seasons【Pics】

2021-05-05T05:00:00Z
Every guest’s presence changes how the lobby looks, making each moment in time uniquely beautiful.

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Voice Actress Nao Toyama Spends Her “Off” Day Gracefully in New MV

May 05, 2021 7:10pm CDT
Trailer for her two-day and one-night trip is also streamed

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Japanese mom’s ugly curry rice has a beautiful backstory【Photos】

2021-05-06T01:00:00Z
Sure, there are onions in there, but this curry rice brings a tear to the eye for a different reason.

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People in Japan can now earn 10,000-yen bounties for scamming scammers

2021-05-06T03:00:00Z
Turning the tables on the ore ore scam in Nagoya can leave you richer than you were before the attempted fraud.

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Japanese “Fan of the Ground” finds sushi in an unusual location

2021-05-06T03:30:00Z
Japan’s ground community is spellbound by a discovery at their feet.

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Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire, make trains needlessly dangerous

2021-05-06T13:30:00Z
Ridiculous problem could have been avoided simply by looking at a calendar.

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How a samurai’s quest for revenge created one of Tokyo’s best cafes, and it’s still open

2021-05-06T15:00:00Z
Not far from Akihabara you’ll find Amanoya, but it wouldn’t be there if not for an assassination.

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Manga author isn’t so sure about stereotypical image of the timid girl who loves reading books

2021-05-06T17:45:00Z
Bookworms are also warriors, he says.

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Voice Actor Koutaro Nishiyama Releases His Latest MV “Sweet Lemonade”

May 06, 2021 7:55pm CDT
The voice of Kanata Shinkai (Ensemble Stars!), Tsuzuru Minagi (A3!)

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Quaint robot ninja virtual sightseeing tours to be held in Kochi Prefecture

2021-05-07T01:00:00Z
Probably the only time you’ll hear the phrase “quaint robot ninja.”

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Voice Actress Nao Toyama to Stream Special YouTube Program for Her First Concept Album

May 06, 2021 11:18pm CDT
“There may be some great news for you.”

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Tokyo cheerleader cafe adds male cheerleader service

2021-05-07T03:00:00Z
New service is part of restaurant’s goal of “cheering for ladies and everyone who’s doing their best.”

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Instagram queen Naomi Watanabe’s latest post uses trick art to turn herself into sushi

2021-05-07T03:30:00Z
These clever photos are part of the the catalogue art for her newest Spring & Summer fashion line.

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Gawr Gura’s New Outfit Reveal Nets Largest VTuber Stream Ever

May 07, 2021 2:51am CDT
Over 190,000 people watched as Gura showed off her new cat ears

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Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Until May 31

posted on 2021-05-07 05:29 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Aichi, Fukuoka prefectures added to state of emergency

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Osaka man finds stranger eating in his kitchen at night, stranger dies shortly after

2021-05-07T11:30:00Z
Truth is once again stranger than fiction.

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Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales and bleak summer

2021-05-07T15:00:00Z
Not the ramune!

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Megumi Toda to Miss Idolm@ster Event Due to Muscle Pain, Lower Back Spinal Nerve Pain

posted on 2021-05-07 13:00 EDT by Alex Mateo
Voice of Ayumu Maihama would have difficulty performing while standing

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Space Walker Recruits Macross Creator Shoji Kawamori to Draw Spacecraft for Coloring Competition

posted on 2021-05-07 15:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy

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Virtual Singer YuNi Releases New MV “Kirai” Featuring Macross Delta Character Designer’s Illustration

May 07, 2021 7:45pm CDT
Her major debut album “eternal journey” hits stores June 16

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Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025

2021-05-08T01:00:00Z
The group will continue to test their zip-line propelled capsule cars in Odawara City in Kanagawa.

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Nogizaka46 3rd & 4th Gen to Stream “9th Year Birthday Live” on 8th & 9th May

May 8th 2021
To feature “〜4th Members Live〜” on 8th May and “〜3rd Members Live〜” on 9th May, respectively.

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Tokyo Olympics committee announces safety plans for the Games, including priority hospital beds

2021-05-09T00:00:00Z
Athletes will be in Japan, but they won’t get to see much of it.

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Strange Japanese job ad asks to “deliver a pork-egg onigiri” from Okinawa to Tokyo twice per day

2021-05-09T09:00:00Z
Not sure if eccentric or money laundering scheme.

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Pro Gamer Daigo Umehara Diagnosed With COVID-19

posted on 2021-05-09 15:00 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Umehara developed fever on May 5, is currently recuperating at home

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EVANGELION:WORLD Attraction at Fuji Q Highland Shuts Down After 11 Years

May 10, 2021 1:30am CDT
The area is to make way for a new rollercoaster

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Celsys Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

May 10th 2021
Continuing to support creators worldwide

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All you need is one purchase from the 100-yen store to replicate this amazing trick shot【Pics】

2021-05-10T06:00:00Z
Japanese teen photographer wows the world with a reflection made from neither water nor a mirror.

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Japan’s “First Date Awards” reveals the best places to wine and dine when dating in Tokyo

2021-05-10T13:15:00Z
These award-winning restaurants tick all the boxes for a successful first date in the capital.

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Sanrio Puro Land, Nijigen no Mori Theme Parks to Reopen as Universal Studios Japan, Some Cinemas Stay Closed

posted on 2021-05-10 09:02 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: Fukuoka prefecture cancels Olympic torch relay, 7 New Japan Pro Wrestling wrestlers diagnosed with COVID-19

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CULTURE GATE to JAPAN Features Artwork From Noted Japanese Artists In Airport Terminals Across Japan

May 10, 2021 8:30pm CDT
Long-term art exhibition runs in Japanese airport terminals

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Awesome hotel plan lets you bounce across Japan for month, cheaper than downtown Tokyo apartment

2021-05-11T03:00:00Z
Want to stay in a different part of Japan every night? No problem, you’ve got over 100 options.

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