Ultimate guide to wagashi

Traditional Japanese teatime sweets, known as wagashi, are in a league of their own. While western desserts are often equated with excess and indulgence, the dainty wagashi instead calls for quiet appreciation over a calming tea session. As their colour, shape and flavour vary according to the time of year, these sweets are all about …

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Japanese carpenter crafts beautiful bookcase replica of “Tanjiro’s box” from Demon Slayer

Nezuko is a favorite character of many fans of hit anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, but not many would envy her mode transportation. During daytime travels she spends time in a protective carrier box worn by her brother Tanjiro. Japanese Twitter user and board game/murder mystery producer Ino (@marimo_ino) recently shared photos of a …

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Japanese Man Becomes the First Person to Earn a Ninja Studies Degree

A Japanese man studying at Mie University has become the first person to ever receive a ninja studies degree. Genichi Mitsuhashi, a 45-year-old student of Mie University in Tsu, Mie prefecture has completed a master’s course in ninja studies after two years of researching historical documents and taking a more hands-on approach in living life …

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Japan crown prince’s family donates 300 handmade medical gowns to hospitals

As Japan continues to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic, Crown Prince Fumihito and his family made 300 medical gowns by hand earlier this month and donated them for use by health care workers. The crown prince and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko, together with their three children and some staff members of the Imperial Household …

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Japanese candy shop Shalala-sha’s beautiful “edible gems” make charming gifts

Shalala-sha is a candy shop specializing in kohaku-tō 琥珀糖 (literally “amber sugar”), a kind of candy made from pure sugar and kanten 寒天 (Japanese agar), sometimes blended with coloring and flavoring. Soft and jelly-like on the inside but with a harder sugary coating, they are translucent, hence the name “amber sugar.” Although Kohaku-tō are traditionally …

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Every Day For 5 Years This Japanese Artist Creates A Fun Miniature Diorama

I can confirm that painting 28 mm miniatures isn’t fun. Tatsuya Tanaka works with even smaller miniatures, collecting, collecting them in a calendar. These tiny men and women interact with everyday objects in interesting ways: A piece of pasta can apparently be a good slide, a broccoli branch the perfect tree for a swing. Tatsuya …

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Is this Tokyo, or Final Fantasy? Rainy season night makes for incredible Skytree view【Photos】

Nighttime photography specialist is in the perfect spot at exactly the right time. With a height of 634 meters (2,080 feet), the Tokyo Skytree is one of the tallest things humankind has ever built. It’s so tall that when you look at it, it’s almost hard to reconcile a structure of its stature being something …

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Meet Kei: an abandoned newborn anteater lovingly cared for by a Shizuoka zoo’s staff

The Izu Shaboten Zoo is located in the city of Ito, Shizuoka prefecture, and has all sorts of animals such as capybaras, chimpanzees, and kangaroos. It’s also home to another species: the anteater. In fact, there’s even a whole family of anteaters living there. This family is where baby Kei comes from. Kei is a …

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Artist gives world leaders fabulous poses from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Chancil (Candra Dwiyanto) is a talented graphic designer and illustrator from Jakarta, Indonesia. He describes himself as “doing cultural diplomacy through art”, and perhaps the informative aspect of that can be seen through his beautiful illustrations introducing Indonesian mythological creatures. Chancil’s latest arstistic endeavor is a series titled “World Leaders Getchancilized in Jojo’s Poses”, and …

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Cat criminals caught breaking Japanese traditional sliding doors have priceless reaction

Anyone who lives in a house with shoji, or traditional sliding paper doors, knows that the paper portions require replacement from time to time due to the wear and tear they accumulate over time. Those who live with both shoji and cats know that the required maintenance for paper is a lot more frequent because …

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Tokyo Metro tests its first unmanned security and cleaning robot at Tsukishima Station

On June 12, Tokyo Metro conducted its first test run of using an unmanned robot to disinfect commonly used surfaces in Tsukishima station, located in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo. The robot, named Patoro (from the first two syllables of the Japanese word for “patrol”, パトロール or patorōru, and the “ro” from “robot”) was created …

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Domino’s Japan now serves boba pizza covered in tapioca bubble tea pearls

Domino’s Pizza Japan has never shied away from unusual and adventurous pizza topics. In the past couple of years, they’ve served up Halloween Ghost Pepper sauce, 1 kilogram of cheese, and even tsundere pizzas. Now their latest release appears to have definitely set the bar for off-the-beaten-path toppings. Domino’s is now offering a new boba …

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Japanese mathematician gets validation for number theory solution

A proof by Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki of an over 30-year-old problem in number theory has obtained validation, Kyoto University said Friday following controversy over his theory often labeled as too novel and complicated to understand. The Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences of the university accepted for publication his 600-page proof of the abc conjecture, …

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East Japan venture develops copper fiber sheet that hastens virus particle inactivation

A thin sheet of copper fiber that can speed up the process of inactivating virus particles, potentially stopping them from causing infections, has been developed by a university-based startup in collaboration with a local textile manufacturer here. The Gunma University-based venture Gunma University Development & Innovation (GUDi), in the Gunma prefectural city of Kiryu, and …

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has officially declared an emergency in seven cities

Tokyo (TheJapantimes)Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially declared a state of emergency Tuesday covering Tokyo, Osaka and five prefectures over the rapidly growing novel coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, putting the country on an unprecedented alert level amid fears of an explosive surge of patients. The declaration, which became effective the same day and continues until May 6, …

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Sky Building in Shibuya Will Give 230m High Rooftop View of Tokyo’s Famous Crossing

To take the scenic area in Tokyo to the level of excess awesomeness, Under plans for Shibuya’s redevelopment, various construction projects are taking place around the train station, including the Shibuya Sky Building. The tourist and youth heavy area is known for the iconic Shibuya Scramble (the crossing shown on literally any documentary about Japan) …

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