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Wear Pandas & Space Cats on Your Back

From designs inspired by traditional 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints to pandas and space cats, these kimono jackets are sure to turn heads when you step out the door.

8 Clever Post-it Notes from Japan

Tired of plain, old yellow post-it notes? Why not spice things up by writing your memos on a Rilakkuma—or a 3-D sticky note cube?

4 Lesser-Known Tohoku Summer Festivals

Head north to see hundreds of riders in samurai armor recreate 1,000-year-old training techniques!

How to Hatch an Egg Without Its Shell

While it doesn’t answer the age-old question of which came first, this high school class experiment is a pretty amazing one nonetheless.

Slice Me Off a Piece of That Totoro Bread!

This Japanese baker uses sushi-making as inspiration to create beautifully artistic loaves featuring beloved characters and mesmerizing patterns.

Float Through an Edo Goldfish Wonderland

With lanterns, cocktails and 1,000 unusual goldfish, this is the coolest place to hang out in your 'yukata' this summer.

3 Earthy Things to Do in Kumamoto

Here are three great options in the Kumamoto area if you're looking to reconnect with creatures past and present, as well as the earth below!

Portraits of Tokyo’s Stray Cats

There's definitely not a shortage of cat photographs. But for some reason, Masayuki Oki's photographs of street cats stand out in a way that others don’t.

'Aka-Tombo' — The Red Dragonfly

Have you ever seen a red dragonfly? You can in Japan!

Hokkaido: The Purest Nature in Japan

Take a journey through Hokkaido's natural environment and enjoy the many splendid sightseeing adventures it has to offer!

54 Fun Things to Do in Japan!

Japan is filled with quirky and fun bucket-list-worthy things to do, with countless sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and neighborhoods to explore. Here are the 54 fun things to do in Japan!

New Homes for Hermit Crabs

It seems hermit crabs are always short of shells. A Japanese real estate listing company decided to step in and find a model solution.

Lions & Tigers & Bears—on Cakes—Oh My!

Can you bear to bite down on these desserts?

See Samurai Up Close—On Horseback!

Samurai aren't just in the movies! The spirit of the samurai lives on at the Soma-Nomaoi festival, featuring a horde of armored warriors on horseback!

Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park

With free scopes and binoculars available for checking out dozens of species, the Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park is an unexpected natural oasis just north of Haneda Airport.

A Walk through Tokyo's Great Outdoors

Believe it or not, beyond the concrete jungle, Tokyo is home to a World Natural Heritage Site, where treasured natural environments still remain.

8 Things Not to Miss in Okinawa

Known for its beautiful beaches, Okinawa is one of the most famous resort destinations in Japan. Here are eight things you don't want to miss while you're there!

Magical Photographs of Fireflies in Japan

When summer comes along, we look forward to different things. Some of us head to the beach, others to the mountains for camping. But for a select group of photographers in Japan, summer signals the arrival of fireflies and the hunt for the perfect shot!

Keeping You Cool While Being Cute

This adorable seal is storing some secrets in its belly!

Japan's First Hedgehog Café has Arrived!

You can now add hedgehogs to the list of cute animals to visit on your next trip to the Japanese capital.

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