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You could be renting this 300-year-old samurai era house in Japan right now

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If you’re looking for a place to live in Japan, often the best options are located outside the city center. Sure, it might seem exciting to live right in the middle of Tokyo’s neon jungle, but if you’re willing to widen your search to rental properties an hour or so… Read

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Ultimate guide to the most popular Japan art festival: Setouchi Triennale

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If you’re into Japanese art and culture, both contemporary and traditional, and want to discover a remote part of Japan studded with scenic views and fresh seafood, the 2019 Setouchi Triennale is the event you don’t want to miss this year. While the festival happens on multiple and mostly remote… Read

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Josh Stinton: Handcycle Japan from south to north charity success

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On March 11 of this year, Japan marked eight years since the Great East East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami leveled much of the Tohoku region. It was the most powerful quake ever recorded in Japan and one of the largest ever seen across the globe in recent history. The tsunami… Read

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Valley of the dolls: Scarecrows outnumber people in Tokushima village

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In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of Tokushima Prefecture, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen. But yet the street appears busy, dotted with life-sized dolls that outnumber humans 10 to one, the product of a one-woman bid… Read

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Japanese muscle man group offers to carry you and lend their strength to summer festivals

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In the past, Japanese "muscular performance group" ALL OUT has a provided a variety of services for those looking to make use of their peak fitness and hospitable attitude. The troupe have offered themselves as a living rental service of ripped shirtless men available for cosplay, "muscle escort" services, and even… Read

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Politically indirect: Using more inclusive Japanese words

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This article investigating Japanese politically correct terms started its life in the weirdest way. Recently, I’ve noticed that the word 子供 (こども) for child is starting to be replaced with “子ども” in a lot of documents. I decided to do some research on this trend and one of the first sources… Read

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Ninja laser tag tournament being organized at Japanese castle

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I think we can all agree that ninja are already pretty cool. But you know what would make them even cooler? Lasers. Thankfully, there’s a way for us to experience that combination of coolness and more coolness: the “next-generation ninja sport” e-Ninja. The “e” doesn’t just stand for “electronic,” but also“entertainment” and egao, the Japanese word for “smile.” e-Ninja is… Read

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First impression working women want to make is clear skin, Japanese survey reveals

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pril is the beginning of the fiscal year for many companies in Japan, and the time of year when many new employees begin to work. As a result, it's also an opportunity for first-time meetings at the office. In March 2019, Japanese hair care, skin care, deodorant and perfume manufacturer… Read

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These are some of the craziest questions ALTs of color in Japan get asked

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If you’re an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) working in Japan, then you probably know that you’re part of an incredibly diverse bunch. ALTs hail from countries across the globe and also come from varying racial, social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. However, if you were to trawl the web to read about… Read

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New women-only gym in Tokyo offers free all-you-can-eat donuts and other sweets to members

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Forza Fitness Studio Gran is a new gym that just opened up in Tokyo, and it boasts a couple of unique features. It’s got a convenient location in the downtown Ikebukuro neighborhood, offers a variety of personal trainer programs, and focuses primarily on simple but effective dumbbell and barbell exercises. Of course, you could probably find… Read

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