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Near-naked anti-fur girls strut their stuff in Shibuya

Near-naked anti-fur girls strut their stuff in Shibuya

A foxy lady, bunny girl and cat woman draw attention to animal cruelty
Three films dominate the Japanese Academy Awards

Three films dominate the Japanese Academy Awards

Villainy, assassinations and confessions as golden boy actor Satoshi Tsumabuki wins best actor
Geisha hunting in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion

Geisha hunting in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion

Always wanted to photograph a geisha? It's worth brushing up on your geiko/maiko etiquette first
Discovering five of Tokyo’s lesser-known neighborhoods

Discovering five of Tokyo’s lesser-known neighborhoods

What can you find when you're off the Tokyo guidebook maps?
The Japanese chef who makes everything with vegetables

The Japanese chef who makes everything with vegetables

Carrot cake, OK. But spinach and tomato cake? And sushi with no fish? Aya Kakisawa is perplexing palates at two Tokyo eateries
The 'social knitwork': Guerrilla knitters take on Tokyo

The 'social knitwork': Guerrilla knitters take on Tokyo

How a bunch of knit-wits are flash mobbing Tokyo with garish crochets and woolly animals
Suit up and see Sapporo’s Snow Festival

Suit up and see Sapporo’s Snow Festival

The city of Sapporo celebrates one of its most abundant natural resources, snow, at the annual Yuki Matsuri
Triumph International launches new bras to ward off evil spirits

Triumph International launches new bras to ward off evil spirits

The end of winter means it's time for saucy underwear again
Matsutaki Matsuri: Priests, lanterns and lots of naked men

Matsutaki Matsuri: Priests, lanterns and lots of naked men

CNNGo reader Yvonne Chong reports back from Miyagi prefecture's oldest, most naked festival
The Japanese inn that claims to make you beautiful

The Japanese inn that claims to make you beautiful

Kamigoten Ryokan has been run by the same family since 1658. Turns out high quality H2O is the key to its longevity
Build your own robot avatar with Japan's latest must-have app

Build your own robot avatar with Japan's latest must-have app

Former Walt Disney Tokyo designer launches 'LoveBots'