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Cover Corporation Announces Debut of HOLOSTARS English -ARMIS-

Nov 16th 2023

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“Men-only train car” to run in Tokyo as part of “Weak Men’s” association awareness campaign | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-16T13:00:00Z
Women also allowed onboard.

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Giant bacon cookies appear at Japan’s Gulty bakery, but do they fill us with remorse?【Taste test】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-16T15:00:00Z
Mr. Sato takes on a big and bizarre cookie from the new sweets chain.

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10 Closet Cosplay Ideas For Anime Fans

Nov 16, 2023 10:00 AM CST
Cosplay is for everyone

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Chaos at unstaffed Japanese bento shop shows pitfalls of technology | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-16T17:30:00Z
Japan might have a reputation for being high-tech, but it’s still got a lot to learn when it comes to unsupervised shopping.

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Anisong Unit fripSide Drops New Music Video “Invisible Wings”

Nov 16, 2023 7:05 PM CST
Their new album ranks 19th in the weekly charts

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Half an hour outside downtown Tokyo, this park is an underrated gem for autumn colors【Photos】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-17T01:30:00Z
Showa Park is a great reason to make the trip out to Tachikawa.

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139 sauce squeezers mark Tartar Sauce Day in Japan with Guinness World Record | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-17T03:00:00Z
A triumph of the human spirit!

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When new vtubers are going to debut I’m always most curious about what they’ll sound like. So I wonder about if the Armis guys are going sound how I imagine :thinking:

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Tokyo’s busiest train line to be partially shut down this weekend as part of Shibuya renovations | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-17T06:00:00Z
Headed to Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Harajuku? You might need to rethink your route.

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KFC releases first-ever spicy miso chicken in Japan | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-17T14:00:00Z
A very Asian twist on fried chicken.

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Can our reporters tell fancy specialty store camembert cheese from the convenience store stuff? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-18T01:40:00Z
Our reporters’ experienced palates are tested once again.

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Voice Actor Kenjiro Tsuda’s 2nd Photo Book Gets Reprints in A Month

Nov 17, 2023 7:45 PM CST
The special edition will also be available on December 6

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Japan’s oldest monorail is permanently closing next month | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-18T06:00:00Z
Tokyo’s long-time-coming long goodbye to the Ueno monorail.

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Top coplayer Enako models for isekai-in-real-world cosmetics lines, teases Santa, succubus Comiket pics | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-18T14:00:00Z
Bringing a little magic to your skin care rituals.

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This rare autumn vegetable is the perfect addition to your stir-fry or salad【SoraKitchen】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-18T16:20:00Z
It may look like nothing special, but it’s actually the perfect vegetable to pair with anything!

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Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack with Music by Leopold Ross Available Everywhere Now from Milan Records

Nov 18th 2023

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Japanese Rock Supergroup The Last Rockstars Postpone November Concert in Los Angeles Due to Unforeseen Circumstances

Nov 18th 2023

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Convenience Store Private Brand Showdown: Which of Japan’s Big Three has the best beef curry? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-19T13:10:00Z
With Japan’s three biggest convenience store chains now all having their own premium brands, it’s time to see whose makes our stomachs the happiest.

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KitKat Japan’s holiday chocolate is here and we (and everyone else) can’t get enough of it! | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-19T15:30:00Z
Santa-shaped KitKats?! What more could you need for this holiday season?

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Macross anime and Japan’s oldest kabuki theater collaborate for special art exhibit | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-19T16:45:00Z
Traditional deculture!

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Kotatsu heated tables for sofas rising in popularity, giving Japan best of both worlds this winter | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-20T02:00:00Z
Old-school winter refuge adapted for modern living rooms.

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Can three inexperienced guys working together beat a NES game from 1987 at Japanese chess? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-20T03:00:00Z
The classic battle of old man vs old machine

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Embark on an Actual Spy x Family Cruise

posted on 2023-11-19 22:31 EST by Ken Iikura-Gross
The SPY x FAMILY characters take over a cruise ship — and you can join them

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Japanese museum dedicated to salmon have no live salmon on display this year | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-20T04:30:00Z
Where there are normally 60, there’s now a whopping zero.

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Survey reveals surprising age trend among paid subscribers of electronic comics in Japan | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-20T13:00:00Z
The age group that reads the most e-comics is perhaps not the one that you’d think, for a few reasons.

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From the U.S. to Japan, You Can Control the Life-Size Moving Gundam from the Comfort of Your Own Home

posted on 2023-11-20 10:00 EST by Joanna Cayanan
Gundam Fan e-Festival 2023 gives fans a chance to “hack the moving Gundam”

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Kyoto’s “ikezu” culture of backhanded compliments explained in hilarious souvenir sticker series | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-20T15:30:00Z
Behind the calm, polite face of a Kyotoite is an angry woman who wants to shout at you for being so uncultured.

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Mr. Sato nets himself a uniquely fishy souvenir inside of Tokyo’s major travel hub | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-21T01:10:00Z
You, too, may be able to get your hands on this “Tuna King” when you pass through Tokyo Station.

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Japanese foundation tests mobile meditation truck in Osaka city with promising results | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-21T04:00:00Z
Don’t worry, the zen will come to you.

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One Piece, Naruto Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ennosuke Handed Suspended Sentence

posted on 2023-11-21 09:17 EST by Joanna Cayanan
Ennosuke had been arrested on suspicion of assisting his parents’ suicides

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Stay at a Japanese capsule hotel in Tokyo for less than US$20 a night | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-21T14:00:00Z
Tokyo accommodation doesn’t get much cheaper than this.

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How to make a super simple, super cheap, no-floorspace Christmas tree with stuff from Daiso | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-21T15:00:00Z
The 100-yen shop chain comes to the holiday rescue.

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Japan Super Budget Dining – What’s the best way to spend 1,000 yen at Yoshinoya? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-21T18:00:00Z
Seven splurging suggestions for eating at Japan’s favorite beef bowl chain.

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Hidden in plain sight, low-key sweets shop surviving in Tokyo’s street market is a tasty treasure | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-22T01:30:00Z
Miyako manju blend into the background in Ueno, but stand out from the crowd in flavor.

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Burger King Japan’s new Ninniku Garlic Burger does not live up to the hype | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-22T06:00:00Z
We want our money back.

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Suntory announces massive price spike for Japanese whisky, some types more than double in price | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-22T13:00:00Z
For expensive times, make it Suntory time.

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Starbucks Japan gives us a pistachio Frappuccino for Christmas 2023 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-22T15:30:00Z
New drinks capture the nuttiness of Christmas with a unique twist.

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Japanese police investigate report of foreigner spreading white powder on street in Hyogo | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-22T17:30:00Z
Concerned citizen’s report leads to baffling, (probably) harmless discovery.

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Tokyo hotel guarantees good night’s sleep or your money back, provides three hours of free booze | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-23T01:00:00Z
Will free drinks and a “theater room” have us sleeping deeply through the night?

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Voice Actor Yuma Uchida Releases New Music Video from His 3rd Album

Nov 22, 2023 8:15 PM CST
The 13-song album hits stores November 29

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Utagoe ha Mille-Feuille Voice Actor A Cappella Project Streams 2nd Single Music Video

Nov 22, 2023 9:10 PM CST
Anime project has been in the works

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120-year-old sweets store keeps Japan’s maritozzo boom alive with a massive specimen | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-23T03:00:00Z
It’s time for a maritozzo rennaissance.

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Budget sukiyaki showdown! Yoshinoya, Sukiya, or Yayoiken, who gives the most beef for your yen? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-23T04:00:00Z
Turns out one wallet-friendly chain’s hot pot has a lot more meat.

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Mos Burger opens fried chicken ramen pop-up restaurant serving free food in Tokyo | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-23T10:00:00Z
Burger chain and Cup Noodle maker Nissin join hands for fowl ramen collaboration.

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Cardcaptor Sakura Chinese Cafe opens in Tokyo, coming to other cities with special merch【Pics】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-23T17:40:00Z
Kero-chan Chinese Cafe is the latest Cardcaptor anime eatery.

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Voice Actor Yui Ogura to Release Solo Travel-Themed New Photo Book in February 2024

Nov 23, 2023 8:05 PM CST
Shooting took place in Singapore

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Voice Actor Shoya Chiba Posts Solo Artist Debut Song “Blessing” Music Video

Nov 23, 2023 8:36 PM CST
His first EP will be available on January 17, 2024

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Shibuya McDonald’s closes its doors after 39 years in business | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-24T03:00:00Z
Announcement follows a number of recent closures in the Shibuya area.

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Brave Group: Debut of 7 First-Generation Members from the European Multilingual VTuber Project ‘Globie’

Nov 24th 2023

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One-of-a-kind Osaka-themed Uniqlo Shinsaibashi opens | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-24T14:00:00Z
You’ve never seen a Uniqlo quite like this.

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Our search for Kyoto Station’s cheapest souvenir reveals a surprisingly sweet find | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-24T17:45:00Z
You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great souvenir in Kyoto.

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New Japanese KitKat flavour, Sugar Butter Tree, is like cracking a chocolate tree branch | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-25T02:30:00Z
A new must-try Japanese KitKat to put on your shopping list!

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Japanese Group NAQT VANE Release English Version of ‘Nightingale’ Single, Out Now

Nov 25th 2023

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Japan’s tallest Ferris wheel adds kotatsu and hot sake service for a warm way to chill in the sky | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-25T13:10:00Z
This solves the one and only problem with Japan’s amazing heated tables.

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Visiting Ueno Zoo for the first time as an adult shows our reporter the true appeal of the place | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-26T02:00:00Z
Seiji finally visits the zoo that pretty much everyone else who lives in Tokyo has already been to.

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Semi-secret fried chicken from Japan’s big-three beef bowl chain Sukiya is worth tracking down | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-26T14:00:00Z
We have no beef with a gyudon place that makes karaage this good.

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Are you Team Taiyaki or Team Takoyaki? – Weighty Food Debate, Street Food Snack Edition | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-27T01:00:00Z
We pick between two Japanese street foods that sound alike, but couldn’t be much more different.

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Check Out Photos from Anisong Duo ClariS’ Latest Concert in Tokyo

Nov 26, 2023 8:52 PM CST
Their 15 music videos are now streamed in full-size

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Kyoto hotel OMO5 Kyoto Gion offers Yojiya cosmetics Pretty Girl Room Stay for New Year’s season | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-27T03:00:00Z
OMO5 Kyoto Gion by Hoshino Resorts partners with Kyoto cosmetics brand Yojiya for Fresh Beginnings in Kyoto Pretty Girl themed rooms.

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7-Meter Spear of Longinus Embedded in Evangelion Creator’s Hometown

posted on 2023-11-26 23:45 EST by Ken Iikura-Gross
Also, Angel muffin sandwich, Angel noodles, Eva Unit-01 chilled spaghetti salad

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We have Norway to thank for salmon sushi and they’re planning even more for Good Meat Day | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-27T06:00:00Z
Free samples of salmon beef, salmon pork, and salmon chicken coming to Tokyo.

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KFC Japan develops new fried chicken designed to taste great with beer, other alcoholic drinks | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-27T14:00:00Z
A bird for booze.

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Tokyo shop employee fights off three robbers with man catcher polearm in Ueno【Video】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-27T15:00:00Z
Turns out man catchers also make good scooter beaters.

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NIJISANJI EN Announces “Winter Date 2023 Goods & Voice”

Nov 27th 2023

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Mysterious cosmic ray named after Japanese goddess Amaterasu confirmed second most powerful | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-28T01:00:00Z
Discovery leads to more questions than answers.

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Instant-ramen coated fried chicken appears in Tokyo, instantly makes us hungry, happy【Taste test】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-28T03:00:00Z
Ikekara makes its way to Japan’s capital.

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The time P.K. flatly refused a request from his deceased best friend’s mom at their first meeting | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-28T06:00:00Z
A long-buried memory recently resurfaced during our Japanese-language reporter’s annual memorial trip–and he still doesn’t know how to feel about it.

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22/7 Project’s Mina Kiyoi Ceases Activities With Franchise Due to Health

posted on 2023-11-28 01:45 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kiyoi plays Kaede Nagamine in project

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Ghibli Park Gets New Valley of Witches Poster From Goro Miyazaki

Nov 28, 2023 4:14 AM CST
Tickets will be updated when final area opens in March

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There’s a real-world Pokémon Sandshrew Park in Japan, and it’s adorable!【Photos】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-28T13:00:00Z
Sand-loving Pokémon look right at home in this famous-for-sand prefecture.

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There’s a Tokyo bar with Japanese whisky inside bookstore inside Japan’s tallest building | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-28T17:30:00Z
Slow Page pours classy coffee too at Azabudai Hills.

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Aina The End Releases New Single ‘Diana,’ Studio Live Performance Video Featuring Anime Theme Songs Also Released

Nov 28th 2023

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Global J-Pop Sensation YOASOBI to Hold its First Ever Solo Concert in Singapore

Nov 28th 2023

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COVER Corporation Announces hololive English VTuber Gawr Gura Collaboration with Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium

Nov 28th 2023

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Ghibli Park raises ticket prices, announces Howl area opening date, carousel with ridable Yakul | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-29T01:30:00Z
From now on, if you want to see much of anything at Ghibli Park you’re going to need a Premium ticket, which costs almost as much as a Disneyland one.

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The story behind the giant Japanese woman in kimono on the 3-D billboard at Shinjuku | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-29T03:30:00Z
Turns out there’s an even larger version of this famous face, and she’s someone worth listening to.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba XR Ride Returns to Universal Studio Japan

posted on 2023-11-28 23:59 EST by Ken Iikura-Gross
Relive the excitement of the Mugen Train Arc

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Japanese dad turns smash-and-grab thief son in to police, shopkeeper’s polearm technique criticized | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-29T13:30:00Z
Two of three robbers now in police custody.

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Japan’s Great Gratin Croquette Burger War begins: McDonald’s vs. Lotteria【Taste test】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-29T17:30:00Z
The battle for the heart and stomach of fast food fans gets started, and our taste buds are the battleground.

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This remote island guest house may have converted our “private rooms only” traveling reporter | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-30T01:15:00Z
If you’ve never tried a guest house before, you definitely should!

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Blu-Ray Orders Start for hololive English’s First US Concert ‘hololive English 1st Concert -Connect the World-’

Nov 30th 2023
Each package comes with a special photo booklet

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Cover Corporation Announces ‘Lis Ani! Vol.55 hololive Music Complete Collection’

Nov 30th 2023
A limited quantity complete set with B2 size tapestry will also be available on the same day

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Our top 3 cafes in Azabudai Hills, Tokyo’s newest and possibly swankiest shopping complex | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-30T13:00:00Z
Complex also happens to be located in Tokyo’s new tallest skyscraper.

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Starbucks Japan’s new Christmas Frappuccino: festive fantasy or festive fail? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-30T15:00:00Z
A nutty way to celebrate the holidays.

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McDonald’s Japan is bringing back its Beef Stew Pies (and their lovely puns)! | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-11-30T17:45:00Z
When winter comes, McDonald’s Japan’s pies aren’t just for dessert.

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Can our gourmet writers tell luxurious wagyu beef jerky from the cheap imported beef stuff? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-01T02:00:00Z
Time to separate the jerky from the jerks.

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Ghibli founders Toshio Suzuki and Hayao Miyazaki contribute to Japanese whisky Totoro label design | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-01T03:15:00Z
Okinawa distiller teams up with the anime legend.

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Kyoto Animation Arson Trial Moves to Discussion of Sentencing Severity, Family Statements

Nov 30, 2023 11:00 PM CST
The prosecution, defense and the families of the victims make statements

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What’s the best way to eat Japanese cream stew and rice, “together” or “separate?”【Survey】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-01T07:00:00Z
Survey results point to possible regional differences.

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We tried KFC Japan’s special fried chicken for when you’re drinking booze, have just one complaint | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-01T13:30:00Z
New Ninniku Crispy flavor was designed specifically to pair well with alcoholic beverages.

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Princess Mononoke Comes to Life in Ghibli Park’s New Area

by Richard Eisenbeis, Dec 1st 2023

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New “adult” doughnuts in a Pokémon box make us rethink what it means to be a grown-up

2023-11-30T17:45:00Z
Who knew eating chocolate doughnuts could be so bittersweet?

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Hotcake-man steamed pancake buns make their heroic return to Japanese convenience stores | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-01T01:15:00Z
We missed you, Hotcake-man!

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Voice Actress Saya Aizawa Goes on Hiatus Due to Poor Health

posted on 2023-12-01 21:34 EST by Egan Loo
Voice of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls’ Hiromi Seki, Uma Musume’s Mejiro Ardan

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SID Unveils Their 20th Anniversary Anime Tribute Album’s Voice Actor Lineup

Dec 1, 2023 8:05 PM CST
The 7-song album will be available on December 6

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Get a Grand Order in McDonald’s Fate Collaboration

posted on 2023-12-01 23:59 EST by Ken Iikura-Gross
Have it your way with McDonald’s Japan & Fate/Grand Order this Christmas!

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New Japanese convenience store sandwiches feel like they’re out to kill us | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-02T04:45:00Z
A katsu sandwich and doughnut sandwich so immense they’re simply called “THE Calorie”.

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Shortwave radio at our cheap country house in Japanese mountains picks up North Korean broadcast | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-02T13:00:00Z
It was kind of scary, kind of cool, and definitely eye opening.

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For just US$2.50, this beef bowl chain might have the best-value breakfast in Japan | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-02T16:00:00Z
Matsuya serves up an incredible breakfast deal, and maybe even a lunch one if you’re eating it early.

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NHK Posts Human Rights Guidelines for Kōhaku Song Contest

posted on 2023-12-02 18:00 EST by Joanna Cayanan
Another “first” for this year’s program

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Now you can request a Tesla when you Uber in Japan with their new Premium EV option | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-03T04:30:00Z
Travel in luxury in the Tokyo area with this new Uber feature!

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Takehiko Inoue’s ‘REAL’ Manga Goes on Hiatus Until February

posted on 2023-12-03 09:00 EST by Anita Tai
Sports manga launched in 2000

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Totoro Christmas cakes bring a dash of Ghibli magic to the Japanese festive season | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-03T14:00:00Z
Cute range makes all our anime wishes come true this winter.

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Gorgeous Pokémon x Kogei art exhibit combines Pokémon creatures with traditional Japanese crafts | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-03T15:00:00Z
Exquisite fine-art versions of the most popular Pocket Monsters.

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Mister Donut now sells Japanese curry doughnuts…with egg | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-03T17:30:00Z
Will curry doughnuts become the next big fad in Japan?

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Universal Studios Japan’s “Universal Cool Japan 2024” to Feature Detective Conan, My Hero Academia, Monster Hunter

Dec 3, 2023 8:55 PM CST
The park’s first collaboration with My Hero Academia

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Drunk driving Mario Kart【Experiment】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-04T02:00:00Z
The flag is up and the drinks are downed as our reporter sees what happens when she gets behind the virtual wheel while intoxicated.

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Japanese matchmaking party insider fill us in on the actual chances of finding a spouse | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-04T03:30:00Z
You might have more luck finding love at a tonkotsu party than a konkatsu party.

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Why Does Japan Love Columbo? An Investigation

by Sean Aitchison, Dec 4th 2023

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Mysterious “The Color of That Sky” bath bombs selling at Don Quijote | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-04T13:00:00Z
You know, “that” sky…

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We visited the southernmost and westernmost convenience stores in all of Japan…or so we thought | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-05T01:00:00Z
We tried so hard and got so far, but in the end…it turned out to be a disaster.

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Donkey Kong Country Opens Spring 2024 in Japan’s Super Nintendo World

Dec 4, 2023 9:39 PM CST
Universal Studios Japan to expand the current Mario-themed area

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Japan Super Budget Dining – What’s the best way to spend 1,000 yen at Fuji Soba? | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

2023-12-05T04:30:00Z
There’s more than noodles that’s worth ordering at this ubiquitous soba chain.

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