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Time to rethink that polar bear rug
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Time to rethink that polar bear rug

Japan turns out to be the number one market for polar bear products, but environmental groups are working to shut it down
Jewnail = 'jewel' + 'nail'
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Jewnail = 'jewel' + 'nail'

Famed nail artist Mami Jingu's brand of nail care accessories is called Jewnail. What are you laughing at?
Is indie music dead in Japan?
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Is indie music dead in Japan?

A Guardian UK article raises serious issues about the state of indie and underground music in Japan
5 unbearably precious Japanese gifts that'll fit in your carry-on
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5 unbearably precious Japanese gifts that'll fit in your carry-on

The world is united in its love of Japanese kitsch. Here's how you can take a little bit away with you
Coming soon: Pepsi Azuki
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Coming soon: Pepsi Azuki

Pepsi is evidently the new Kit Kat, desperately churning out crazy flavor after crazy flavor on a seasonal basis
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

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