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Samurai Photo Studio Is Coming Back to Tokyo This Spring, Just In Time For Cherry Blossom Season

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Time to strap on your katana and kabuto, history buffs.
Historians generally feel that the age of the samurai came to an end in 1868, when the political event known as the Meiji Restoration put an end to Japan’s centuries of feudal rule and abolished the warrior caste. We, however, ...

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Dendama: An Interactive Kendama Toy For The Internet of Things

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
We’ve seen a real surge in interest in kendama domestically and overseas. As discussed in previous posts, the comeback of the traditional cup-and-ball Japanese toy has manifested itself as international tournaments and new “musical kendama” interactive toys. There is even a Yo-Kai ...

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ANA Opens Virtual Online Art Museum, Is Japan Cool?

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
If you want to see art in Tokyo, you can check out the city’s near endless supply of events and spaces, such as the upcoming art fair to be held at
Park Hotel Tokyo.
Or you can go online.
The rather terribly named IJC Museum — standing for “Is Japan Cool?” — is inspired by the gove...

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Let’s Go To The Museum / Railway Fans Live Out Train Fantasies

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
By Nana Ando / The Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
At the entrance of Keio Rail-Land in Hino, Tokyo, I found automatic ticket-vending machines that look just like the ones you would see at a train station. After getting a ticket and inserting it into an admission machine, I was welc...

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Seasonal Rescue Bus Service Rolled Out For Snoozy Passengers Who Miss Their Train Station

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ROCKET NEWS
 Drunken revellers, rejoice! This festive season you can snooze past your train stop all you like—the rescue bus has got you covered!
As we’ve discussed before, Japan’s trains tend to stop running a little on the early side. And, with so many commuters relying almost entirely on the t...

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KDDI Au and Hakuhodo Create Sync Dinner, a “Virtual Christmas Eve Restaurant Experience” For Couples Separated By Distance

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JAPAN TRENDS
In Japan, Christmas Eve is not a time for church — it’s a time for couples. Restaurants in cities are packed with pairs of diners enjoying expensive, luxury courses.
But not everyone has a special someone on this romantic day, while others are separated from their partner due to work...

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Learn Everything You Need to Know About Wabi-sabi

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JAPAN TRENDS
Always wondered about wabi-sabi but too embarrassed to ask?
As the makers say, “At the heart of Japanese philosophy and wisdom lies a concept called wabi-sabi; a term which denotes a commitment to the everyday, the melancholic, the somewhat broken and the imperfect. It’s a term we ne...

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