Posters for the Chinese Theatrical Release of Spirited Away www.spoon-tamago.com

Eighteen years after the release of Spirited Away in Japan, China is getting an official theatrical release next week. And just as he did with the release of My Neighbor Totoro late last year, Chine…

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Stay In A Japanese Castle For Only $9,000 A Night kotaku.com

Starting next year, Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture will open its doors to tourists willing to cough up a cool 1 million yen ($9,250) per couple for a night’s stay. This is not the only castle in Japa…

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A shop of strange inventions www.ntv.co.jp

A shop owned by Nobumichi Tosa, a member of Maywa Denki sells all kinds of strange inventions - baseball that farts, robot that claps hands when someone approaches it. The owner hopes that the displa…

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Whimsical Ceramic Banana Peel Art by Koji Kasatani www.spoon-tamago.com

The banana peel is perhaps one of the most recognizable symbols of humor. If I had a banana for every time someone slipped on a banana peel in a vaudeville show or movie, I’d have… well, a lot of ban…

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Dream Job: Studio Ghibli Is Looking For People To Work In Japan www.konbini.com

if you're good at Japanese and 2D animation, the Studio has just published a job offer for a digital artist. The skills required are quite classic for this type of post: you should be aged over 20 an…

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Avengers Endgame Characters Rendered in Ukiyo-e Style by Illustrator Takumi www.spoon-tamago.com

Avengers Endgame, the culmination of the 22-film story, is hitting theaters in the U.S. this week and anticipation among fans is high. One of those fans happens to be Japanese illustrator Takumi, who…

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Daisuke Motogi Architects designs 'dappled' office in tokyo www.designboom.com

daisuke architecture and design (DDAA) designs the tokyo office space for DAQ, an iphone accessories company. the space had been converted from a former french restaurant. a black perforated partitio…

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Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Begins Construction www.archdaily.com

Construction has begun on Kengo Kuma’s design for the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium, a year after the scheme was selected to replace the original stadium design by Zaha Hadid Architects and thr…

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Japan’s Fiery Toyohashi Gion Festival www.theatlantic.com

In central Japan, near Mikawa Bay, the Toyohashi Gion Festival—during which local men set off large handheld fireworks as part of a Shinto ritual—has taken place annually for more than 350 years. Acc…

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Japan's Ninja ShortageA small Japanese city is facing a ninja shortage — even though the salary is $85,000 www.npr.org

You may have heard about Japan's demographic crisis— but the country is facing another, lesser-known crisis as well.

Japan does not have enough Ninjas.

In an episode of NPR's "Planet Money" podcast, …

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