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You big crybaby: Japan's Nakizumo festival

You big crybaby: Japan's Nakizumo festival

In Asakusa, sumo wrestlers make babies cry, on purpose. But it's only one day a year and it's with parental permission. CNNGo reader Simone Kovago reports on this tear-filled festival
Indonesia's black magic market

Indonesia's black magic market

Yogyakarta’s oldest market still trades in spiritual goods -- swords, stones and other talismans meant to bring wealth, health and most of all, protection
5 Tokyo bars for train nerds (yes, they exist)
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5 Tokyo bars for train nerds (yes, they exist)

Because even people who enjoy memorizing train timetables -- yes, they exist too! -- need a place to relax
Takao-san Hiwatari Matsuri: Fire walk with me

Takao-san Hiwatari Matsuri: Fire walk with me

This yearly Buddhist purification ceremony at Mount Takao puts the fire to the feet of monks and visitors
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
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