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“Increasing Services!” - Japanese Vending Machines

“Increasing Services!” - Japanese Vending Machines


If you walk around a town in Japan, you will notice that there are vending machines packed with sense of enjoyment.

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The New Era of “SAKE”

The New Era of “SAKE”


With its features that harmonize seamlessly with any dish, the use of Japanese sake is rapidly spreading among famous hotels and long-established restaurants overseas.

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Up-And-Coming Creators In Japanese Anime

Up-And-Coming Creators In Japanese Anime


A half century after the start of TV animation, the focus will be on the up-and-coming young film creators who will drive the Japanese animation industry.

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Curryrice

Curryrice


Japanese favorite Curry-rice aims to break new ground as the "National Dish", mixed with various ingredients.

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Michi-no-eki

Michi-no-eki


Michi-no-Eki, rest areas lying along normal roads, are popular spots used by more than 500milion people a year. These spots focus on tourist information and sales of locally produced food, also, many of them are turning into tourist hubs, with hot springs and workshop practice sessions.

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Wagashi

Wagashi

One by one, traditional Japanese cake ”Wagashi” sets a seasonal scene. While the skill of wagashi craftsmen has been handed down throughout the ages and is much cherished, wagashi have also risen to provide shining examples of new challenges.

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Kabuki-za has many fantastic attraction

Kabuki-za has many fantastic attraction

Midair Stunts, Revolving Stage, and Runway

In the spring of 2013, Kabuki-za has been revived with an entire renewal.While significantly leaving the vestiges of the theater in the past, such as the large tiled roof, the theater has been wonderfully modernized with a high rise building linked to the establishment.

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Kumamon, a mascot PR character of Kumamoto prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan, is now

Kumamon”—Japan's Most Popular Bear

Kumamon, a mascot PR character of Kumamoto prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan, is now "Japan's most popular bear".

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Ever-Evolving Karaoke

Ever-Evolving Karaoke

In its birthplace of Japan, karaoke is evolving further, with more advanced karaoke machines harnessing web technologies to broaden the scope for fun, including dubbing of anime scenes and singing duets with strangers.

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Ekiben: Train Bento Boxes

Ekiben: Train Bento Boxes

Ekiben (train bento boxes) sold on trains or at stations are packed with the sensitivity, creativity and technology of Japanese people as well as with regional specialties across Japan.

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Sento: Public Bath

Sento: Public Bath

Sento is an easily accessible public bath in Japan, boasting giant bathtubs. Featuring unique architectural designs and styles of public bathing, sento has been passed down to date as the “culture of the general public.”

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Novelty Cafes

Novelty Cafes

In Japan, novelty cafes are popular and constantly opening up because of the diverse nature of consumer demand. These include cafes where you can watch cats and rabbits, or where you can enjoy rakugo storytelling or model railways.

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Food Replicas

Food Replicas

Restaurants in Japan often display tasty-looking food in their windows. These food models are replicas, peculiar to Japan, and surprisingly realistic, produced by expert craftsmen with sophisticated techniques.

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Noryo

Noryo

In Japan, people enjoy hot summer in a cool way with wisdom and ingenuity such as the sound of furin (a tiny wind-bell), watching fireworks or dining on the river.

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Japan's New Subculture Hubs

Japan's New Subculture Hubs

Akihabara (also known as Akiba for short) is about synonymous with Japanese subculture and hallowed ground for anime and manga comics and character figures. And there are a number of such spots in Japan other than Akiba.

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A MANGA LOVER'S PARADISE

A MANGA LOVER'S PARADISE

In Japan there are countless manga kissa, or manga cafes, that cater to customers seeking to refresh with a comic book or wanting some downtime.

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Depicting Sentiments in Everyday Life

Depicting Sentiments in Everyday Life

In capturing the simple details of life, modern anime is finding a new audience.

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Creating a Whole Universe on Fingernails

Creating a Whole Universe on Fingernails

In Japan these days, young women—always on the leading edge of pop culture—have taken nail art to a new dimension, turning their nails into fascinating, virtual objets d'art.

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Sengoku Busho Now the Rage

Sengoku Busho Now the Rag

An ancient historical period of warring Japanese generals has taken the country by storm, inspiring everything from entertainment to tourism. And it's the young women who have been fueling this boom!

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Japanese Video Sharing Sites
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Japanese Video Sharing Sites

Video sharing sites are enabling new ways of communicating with others and creating a unique media experience online.

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Purikura Photo Booths

Purikura Photo Booths

Giving young women a chance to see themselves pictured with ideal cuteness and beauty, purikura photo booths are now offering even more options as they continue to evolve.

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Hand-Made Aesthetic Goes Pop Culture

Hand-Made Aesthetic Goes Pop Culture

Knitting, embroidery, cord braiding and other such crafts are reworking fashion, café culture and contemporary art.

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World's Most Functional Instrument

World's Most Functional Instrument

Japan has long led the world in cutting-edge advances in mobile phone technology and features—some of which are just beginning to appear in other advanced nations.

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Ramen

Ramen

From its simple origins, ramen has undergone a spectacular evolution to give a stunning variety to be savored today.

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Come to Manga Country: Japan

Come to Manga Country: Japan

Today, growing numbers of anime and manga feature specific locations and real buildings in detail, making them popular pilgrimage spots for fans.

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Fascination with Personification

Fascination with Personification

The personification phenomenon has entered the mainstream of Japanese culture. Cute, humanlike characters have become a vital part of popular culture and a key element in corporate and government public relations.

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The Creation of Manga

The Creation of Manga

What has enabled Japan to produce one high-quality manga hit after another? We take a look behind the scenes at some of the factors that have made Japanese manga such a phenomenon around the world.

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