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Melonpan, the sweet baked good that delights people across East Asia, was the creation of one Armenian man living in the diaspora in Japan. This is his – and his diaspora’s – story.
How the case of Furuta Junko led Japan’s press to break the rules, and citizens to question the country’s juvenile criminal law.
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From ginger ale honoring shrines to coconut cookies for exam takers, these product names prove that the appeal of bad puns is universal.
Have trouble with your Japanese business etiquette? You’re in good company: a recent Twitter thread highlights how even native speakers struggle with polite Japanese.
Want to watch something from Japan besides anime? Here are your best Japanese TV viewing options – and the pros and cons of each.
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In 1938, a disaffected young man stalked his mountain village, killing dozens of his neighbors. Was the Tsuyama Massacre the first incel mass murder?
What happens when technology in Japan develops independently from the rest of the world? A brief history of the Galapagos Effect.
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In Taisho era Japan, Tamura Toshiko emerged as one of the preeminent writers of the “New Woman” movement. Her legacy extends farther still, beyond Japan’s borders.
What does it take to become a certified Shinto shrine maiden? A certified miko gives us an insider’s look at a miko school in Japan.
June 29th is “Tsukudani Day,” a minor holiday for the fish-and-seaweed dish. It’s also the food that saved shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu’s life.
What happened on the fateful night of June 21st, 1582, that caused one of Oda Nobunaga’s faithful retainers to turn on him?
Japan’s fastest shinkansen bullet train service is the Nozomi. Now, the service will be doing away with non-reserved seats during major holidays.
Nagashi-somen is a fun way to enjoy noodles in Japan. But the event nearly turned deadly for hundreds of people recently.
‘Emergent Tokyo’: Ever wondered what makes up the ‘secret sauce’ for the world’s biggest city? Then this book will be required reading. Plus, an interview with one of Emergent Tokyo’s co-authors.
Animation giant Studio Ghibli, fresh off a new film, is now announcing its acquisition by Nippon TV following decades of independence.
Japan’s rising death rate is good business For ENDEX: The End Of Life Exhibition. We discover that it’s more than just Hello Kitty urns!
Will bio-terrorism kill conveyor belt sushi in Japan? At least one chain says it’s moving on after a series of high-profile hygiene breaches.
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