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Shame on Sakai! But is it the worst shame?
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Shame on Sakai! But is it the worst shame?

J-poplette Noriko Sakai's drug bust was shocking, but where does it rank among celebrity downfalls in Japan's Year of the Scandal?
Tokyo's hotel landmarks: Imperial and Okura
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Tokyo's hotel landmarks: Imperial and Okura

The big international chains offer luxury and prestige, but Tokyo's oldest hotels still win on authenticity
Is Japanese PM Hatoyama a 2-channeler?
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Is Japanese PM Hatoyama a 2-channeler?

The new Prime Minister apparently loves the Wild West of Japan's internet frontier
Tokyo Noodle Wars: Ikebukuro
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Tokyo Noodle Wars: Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro's top ramen joints are always engaged in fierce battle. We hit the 'hood's top spots and report back in painstaking detail
Japanese comeback: The Chicken Tatsuta returns
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Japanese comeback: The Chicken Tatsuta returns

After a five year absence, McDonald's brings back a classic -- but for only one month
Blue Seal: Born in the U.S., raised in Okinawa
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Blue Seal: Born in the U.S., raised in Okinawa

You want chura-imo or ube in that sundae? Blue Seal's strange hybrid of sock hop-era American ice cream and the unique vegetation of Okinawa has finally come to Tokyo
Uniqlo's new shoe line
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Uniqlo's new shoe line

Not content with just clothing the entire Japanese nation, mass retailer Uniqlo goes into cobbling
Kissaten: Japan's traditional cafes
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Kissaten: Japan's traditional cafes

It's not just about the siphon coffee. It's about the culture
4 best Tokyo nightclubs for celebrity spotting
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4 best Tokyo nightclubs for celebrity spotting

Stars are notorious for their privacy, but you may catch them at these glamorous spots during the wee hours
Unapologetic chick drink of the week: Tsuru-ume Yuzu
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Unapologetic chick drink of the week: Tsuru-ume Yuzu

Not all chick drinks have to be artificially sweet. Sipping this citric liqueur is feminine while being earthy as well
Izu Oshima: The volcanic island that time and Tokyo forgot
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Izu Oshima: The volcanic island that time and Tokyo forgot

A tropical-island escape without leaving Tokyo -- officially
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Destination Berlin

World War II bunker and former margarine factory among cutting edge venues in ever-changing city