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Friday night lights: American football in Japan a high school hit

Friday night lights: American football in Japan a high school hit

Routed by Team USA, Japan's 'Camellia Bowl' attracts former prime ministers and U.S. ambassadors
Tokyo: Kitty city

Tokyo: Kitty city

A gallery of Japan's cute, clever and playful cats from the capital city
J-Pop Summit 2010: Tokyo comes to San Francisco

J-Pop Summit 2010: Tokyo comes to San Francisco

Japanese pop culture's most expressive proponents reach out to a U.S. audience
Overnight on one of the world's most sacred mountains

Overnight on one of the world's most sacred mountains

In Koyasan, Japan, ancient forests share space with historic pagodas, temples and more than 200,000 gravestones
A day in the life of a Japanese 'hostess' model

A day in the life of a Japanese 'hostess' model

Learning what it means to be an agejo model at Shibuya fashion bible Koakuma-Ageha magazine
Discovering Japan's biggest Buddha at Mount Nokogiri

Discovering Japan's biggest Buddha at Mount Nokogiri

A mini adventure across land and sea from Tokyo to see the 31-meter Nihonji Daibatsu
Tales from a fledgling fashion designer in Tokyo: Leanne Yew

Tales from a fledgling fashion designer in Tokyo: Leanne Yew

An Australian designer with eczema heads to Tokyo to research possibilities for skin-friendly fashion, and an innovative new business in kimonos is born
Japanese tea ceremony gets a 21st-century upgrade for office workers

Japanese tea ceremony gets a 21st-century upgrade for office workers

A modern take on the meditative "Way of Tea" makes it affordable and convenient for all
Tokyo's street dancers and their high-rise dreams

Tokyo's street dancers and their high-rise dreams

Tokyo's street dancers use their daytime office blocks as reflective rehearsal spaces once they clock out
Ancient Japanese doctor's notes for measles, syphilis and... handwriting?

Ancient Japanese doctor's notes for measles, syphilis and... handwriting?

In 19th century Japan there was a drug for good handwriting, according to these old woodblock prints on show from the University of California San Francisco
Kim Tae-Hee: South Korea's 'most beautiful woman' on shyness, beauty and guns

Kim Tae-Hee: South Korea's 'most beautiful woman' on shyness, beauty and guns

South Korean actress Kim Tae-Hee wants to be the country's "most beautiful woman" for as long as possible