Japan

Hello Kitty and Obama in a DeLorean? Anything floats at the Asagaya festival
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Hello Kitty and Obama in a DeLorean? Anything floats at the Asagaya festival

Obama, Mario and Pokemon go on parade in this grass-roots (and possibly copyright-infringing) Tokyo version of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cheap pasta and even cheaper drinks in Tokyo
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Cheap pasta and even cheaper drinks in Tokyo

Popo la Mama is the best place in Tokyo for low-price pasta, unlimited beverages and artistic portrayals of Italian stereotypes
Buddhist bars: Whisky, beer and spiritual enlightenment
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Buddhist bars: Whisky, beer and spiritual enlightenment

At Buddhist-run Tokyo bars you can pass off your drinking habit as a metaphysical journey
Japan Cool(down): the troubled times of Japan's anime business
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Japan Cool(down): the troubled times of Japan's anime business

As this CNN video shows, drawing busty cartoon girls all day long may be a dream to some but does not pay a living wage
A new glamour for the cabaret club girls
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A new glamour for the cabaret club girls

As the New York Times reports, the collapse of the rural economy swells the ranks of the Japanese hostess industry but the girls don't mind all the attention
It's business time: Japan's love hotels break the mood
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It's business time: Japan's love hotels break the mood

Japan's love hotel industry is proving that when the going gets tough, the tough are, well, going at it
Pepsi Shiso: Soda pop meets a minty Japanese herb
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Pepsi Shiso: Soda pop meets a minty Japanese herb

Move over Pepsi Ice Cucumber: Another wacky and improbable seasonal offering from Pepsi becomes the flavor event of the summer
Bar Albatross: A little glamour in Memory Lane
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Bar Albatross: A little glamour in Memory Lane

Bar Albatross is a slightly more upscale watering hole in the low-rent Shinjuku drinking area "Memory Lane" (previously known as "Piss Alley")
3 best Tokyo cafes for the business traveller
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3 best Tokyo cafes for the business traveller

Whether a corporate drone or artiste, these three spots offer coffee or tea for the jetlag and the perfect atmosphere to get some work done
The truth about love hotels
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The truth about love hotels

This lucrative industry is moving away from its seedy image to be more female and family friendly
Have your heart warmed at Hayao Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum
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Have your heart warmed at Hayao Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum

If you can manage to somehow actually get tickets, head to Mitaka to dive into the fantasy world of Miyazaki's animated films
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