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Japan

Anime and manga cars on Tokyo's roads

Anime and manga cars on Tokyo's roads

Itasha: A gallery of 'serial killer' cars
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
Super-car designer creates super-train in Japan

Super-car designer creates super-train in Japan

Japanese rail company JR East has released incredible images of its upcoming Cruise Train, created by Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama
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
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