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Mao Asada: 'Not performing well... makes me question whether I can really do it'

Mao Asada: 'Not performing well... makes me question whether I can really do it'

Japan's World Champion figure skater Mao Asada goes through a crisis of confidence and reveals the dynamic of 'that' rivalry with Kim Yu-Na, in this exclusive interview
A guide to cat cafes in Tokyo

A guide to cat cafes in Tokyo

Neko cafés are not just for crazy cat ladies
How Bali is becoming even greener

How Bali is becoming even greener

Some eco-conscious entrepreneurs on Indonesia's Island of the Gods are working to build a future in tune with nature
Tokyo company takes your stuffed animals on vacation... without you
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Tokyo company takes your stuffed animals on vacation... without you

Sounds like the latest version of "Toy Story,” but for some the service is proving to have therapeutic benefits
Pole Championships 2010: Pole dancing isn't so sleazy anymore

Pole Championships 2010: Pole dancing isn't so sleazy anymore

Pole dancing is returning to its roots as a proper sport, fit for competition and medals, with the 2010 Championships taking place in Tokyo this week
Russian village theme park abandoned in northern Japan

Russian village theme park abandoned in northern Japan

Niigata theme park left to rot and captured on camera
Japanese bra that talks and promotes sightseeing

Japanese bra that talks and promotes sightseeing

Triumph Japan gives young male tourists the perfect excuse to stare at, and talk to, their tour guide's chest
Art good enough to eat or food cute enough to display?

Art good enough to eat or food cute enough to display?

Osamu Watanabe spreads kawaii art with the cutest cream and sugar creations
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
Replaying the battle that led to Tokyo becoming capital

Replaying the battle that led to Tokyo becoming capital

The Edo period started with a ferocious battle between samurai forces in a small town called Sekigahara in 1600, and now you can walk through a 'theme park' reenactment
The Japanese farmers who wear cute clothes and make-up

The Japanese farmers who wear cute clothes and make-up

To work on Japan's Girls Farm you must be female, made up and dressed in functional but cute farm wear