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Miss Universe Japan 2010 crown goes to Maiko Itai

Miss Universe Japan 2010 crown goes to Maiko Itai

This Itai doesn't hurt the eyes. A former employee of Oita city hall in Kyushu takes the crown, continuing a long tradition of winners with bangs
Tokyo Girls Collection Spring 2010: Mega models and 25,500 fans

Tokyo Girls Collection Spring 2010: Mega models and 25,500 fans

While high fashion and designer brands stumble in Japan, Tokyo Girls Collection's combination of 'real clothes' and popular models continues to appeal
Japan's curling team makes a charm offensive

Japan's curling team makes a charm offensive

Team Aomori in 2006 were heart-warming girls-next-door. In 2010, they are a kickass women's curling powerhouse with glamour to boot
Face to face with Japan's Namahage demons

Face to face with Japan's Namahage demons

The Oga Peninsula's Sedo Matsuri Festival is tough love personified as the Namahage demons scare kids straight
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
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