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Sword fight superstar: Tetsuro Shimaguchi

Sword fight superstar: Tetsuro Shimaguchi

We learn from professional sword fight choreographer Tetsuro Shimaguchi about kabuki, the real Tarantino and how to use a blade to make overseas friends
Secrets of the sumo wrestler's diet

Secrets of the sumo wrestler's diet

During this last week of the Hatsubasho tournament, we look at the culinary ingredients that go into making a giant muscular human being
Bathing apes: Jigokudani's snow monkey onsen

Bathing apes: Jigokudani's snow monkey onsen

In Nagano's "Hell Valley," the forecast is always: Cold and snowy with a high chance of simians
16 incredible rooftop bars

16 incredible rooftop bars

Good cocktails combine with spectacular views across rivers, cityscapes and oceans at these bird-level drinkeries
The 3 best zoos in Tokyo

The 3 best zoos in Tokyo

Which of Tokyo's wildlife parks rules the roost? We take a look at Ueno, Tama and Mother Farm
Yabusame: Japanese archery in action

Yabusame: Japanese archery in action

Gallant warriors on mighty steeds -- it doesn't get more traditional than this
Trekking Takao: Tokyo's closest mountain beckons during the autumn months

Trekking Takao: Tokyo's closest mountain beckons during the autumn months

As the leaves turn red, Tokyo's urban hordes put on their best climbing gear and head to Takao to walk up the mountain in a big mass herd
All along the watchtower in Hachioji

All along the watchtower in Hachioji

Tokyo's sleepy western suburb of Hachioji has few attractions, but it's heaven for those interested in samurai history
Black magic and ghosts-- Thai superstitions aren't just for Halloween

Black magic and ghosts-- Thai superstitions aren't just for Halloween

Orgasm-inducing haunts, hand-carved penises and the cannibalistic possessed are a year-round affair here
Spooky Izu: Tales of sorcerers and suicide on Izu Oshima

Spooky Izu: Tales of sorcerers and suicide on Izu Oshima

Known for its spiritual exiles, suicide pacts and endless lava flows, the mysterious island of Izu Oshima is an ominous locale in the eyes of Tokyoites
Gallery: Tokyo street fashion

Gallery: Tokyo street fashion

As Japan Fashion Week unfolded, photographer Sean Wood cruised Tokyo's most fashionable boulevard, Omotesando, to find out what 'real' Tokyoites are wearing this fall

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