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Gravure model NFT series wants to attract online investors, real-world visitors for hot springs

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Unless “gangly illustrated apes” is a far more popular artistic genre than anyone had realized, a lot of NFTs are marketed more for their purported investment value than their aesthetics. But Shibuya-based tourism marketing company Enbound thinks there’s a place in the market for NFTs that are prized both for their rarity and their… Read

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China, Japan share love of dinosaurs, Doraemon at exchange event

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About 150 Chinese children, their parents and others shared their love of dinosaurs in a recent exchange event held at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, which featured the screening of a popular animation Doraemon movie and a scholar inspired by its main character. After the participants saw the film "Nobita's… Read

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World’s first Takoyaki Guitar created in Japan; features a gas grill and octopus balls

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Takoyaki is a Japanese specialty that’s got a lot of things going for it — it’s delicious, easy to eat, widely loved, and fun to make, as the octopus-filled balls are cooked up in special grills with hollowed-out spheres. As it turns out, takoyaki is also fun to play and listen to,… Read

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Splash through summer in Japan with these waterslides

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Japan’s summers are getting hotter (and dangerous). The baking heat is getting worse year after year. Parents, couples, and expats on holiday often look for trips that combine cooling off with having fun. That being said, who doesn’t enjoy a good old-fashioned water park? Japan has more than a few. So we have found the… Read

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New Japanese website lets you build or recreate the perfect cat – with over 200 million combinations

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For cat lovers, the idea of recreating what already is the perfect cat – the one or ones they live with – doesn't quite seem possible, but that doesn't mean you can't try. New Japanese website Uchinoko Maker allows users to spend hours upon hours building a cat from scratch or adorably… Read

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Surf, sun and save: Discounts for Kanagawa beaches

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Summer is here, and what better way to spend your day off than a day trip to the beach? While the closest beach to Tokyo is Odaiba Bay, it doesn’t exactly scream summer. However, in Kanagawa Prefecture, you’re practically spoiled for choice. Moreover, there are a few train passes to popular beach destinations… Read

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Parenting styles vary across U.S.

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Most people agree that children should have enough to eat, not be sexually molested and never be punished in a way that requires medical treatment. But beyond those basics, my research has found that parenting styles in the United States vary by region. Differing styles I have found that parents… Read

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New digital art exhibition in Nagoya promises 'a paradise of bugs' in a colorful forest

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Digital art exhibits like Fukuoka’s TeamLab Forest and Tokyo’s TeamLab Borderless are all the rage right now, and why not? With interactive experiences involving lights, color, texture, and sound, they’re a feast for the senses, and fun for both adults and kids. If you’re a fan of digital art museums and the natural world, then… Read

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Hong Kong mahjong carver among the last of his kind

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Eyebrows furrowed in careful concentration as he chisels images and Chinese characters onto mahjong tiles, 70-year-old Cheung Shun-king is one of the last craftsmen of his kind in Hong Kong. Hand carving playing tiles for the popular Chinese game used to be a source of income for many, but the… Read

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Thinking of taking a float to the beach? Japan Coast Guard warns about dangers in PSA videos

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Summer is a popular time for leisure activities at sea. For many people, enjoying a cool dip in the sea on a hot day makes for wonderful summer memories. However, fun at the beach is not without its dangers. According to the "Summary of Water Accidents in Summer 2021" published… Read

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