Western taste for bamboo art is transforming an ancient Japanese tradition edition.cnn.com

In recent years, the West has developed a growing taste for this intricate art form, with some pieces selling for tens of thousands of dollars.

Bringing together more than 70 bamboo artworks, the M...

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Ninja uniforms, philosophy, and food are all the rage in Japan again quartzy.qz.com

Ninjas-clad security guards are all the rage in Japan.

Security Service Association (SSC), a firm in western Japan, has started issuing new uniforms to its fleet of security guards. Ditching the us...

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Many Japanese resent paying for their boring public broadcaster www.economist.com

But it’s the only channel to show sumo

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Japanese TV show featuring blackface actor sparks anger www.bbc.com

The New Year's Eve show featured celebrity comic Hamada appearing in a Beverly Hills Cop skit with his face blacked up.

Using makeup to lampoon black people - a practice known as blackface - is see...

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What it means to be a mixed-race model in Japan edition.cnn.com

For 18-year-old model Rina Fukushi, Tokyo is home. But growing up as a mixed-race child in Japan wasn't always easy. With a Japanese-American father and a Filipina mother, Fukushi was one of a grow...

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This designer Japanese cat condo costs almost the annual rent of a condo for humans in Tokyo quartzy.qz.com

Prices for cat condos are on the rise in Japan. A artisan-crafted feline perch called Modern Cat Tree NEKO retails for ¥1,080,000 (approximately $9,570) including tax.

The Japanese are known to spa...

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Nabana No Sato 2018: Japan's wildest light display is back edition.cnn.com

It's one of Japan's greatest winter illumination festivals, famed for using millions of LED light bulbs to depict beautiful scenes of nature from Japan and around the world.

Nabana No Sato, located...

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Sleeping Bag Cinema the-japan-news.com

An about 1,000-square-meter vacant lot of land in Tokyo’s Ginza district where a hotel will be built was converted into an outdoor movie theater Nov. 25 for one night only.

More than 300 viewers, i...

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Olympic Mascot Finalists! www3.nhk.or.jp

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have unveiled 3 final sets of candidates for the Games' mascots.

The organizing committee announced the finalists from more than 2,000 applicat...

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Wabi-Sabi : Permission to Stop Making Your Bed www.architecturaldigest.com

Forget everything you were ever taught/forced to learn about making a bed. The truth is, with the right textures and layers you can leave your bed unmade and not be classified as a slob. We first n...

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