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Andrew C
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The fear of marshmallows - a traditional Japanese Rakugo in English
Late one evening around a campfire, a group of boys were trying to frighten each other by telling scary stories. One boy was talking about a snake that can open its mouth wide enough to fit a small child inside. Another told a story that had so many ghosts ...

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What does Japan do with disused phone booths?
There are many reasons why I love Japan. However one of the reasons I love Japan is the way in which my eyes are constantly opened and amazed at how they take ordinary objects and make them new. This is a fantastic adaptation of something that everyone know...

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What is the best Ramen in Takadanobaba, Tokyo? Watanabe Ramen
Lovingly called Baba by the locals, Takadanobaba has justifiably gained a reputation as one of Tokyo’s best and fiercest Ramen battlegrounds. The suburb boasts several of the well-known chains such as Ippudo and Ramen Jiro along with a host of other good pl...

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What is the big bit on the end of wooden chopsticks for?
I learnt to eat with chopsticks a long time ago. I have eaten a lot of meals with chopsticks. I have slurped down some fantastic ramen noodles with them, I have shovelled in huge amounts of rice, and I have picked up some delicious sushi with the humble has...

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What happens in Japan on Valentine’s Day? (バレンタインデイ) And why?
Every year around the world florists, chocolatiers, and soft cuddly toy manufacturers make millions of dollars on the one single day – Valentine’s Day. Men or women can give presents or cards in secret or in public – except in Japan. Why? Because in Japan, ...

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Why does this remote Japanese train station stay open for just one passenger?
Japan is famous for many things: Extraordinary Trains; Aging population; Great service. But in case you missed it, here is a wonderful little story that includes all three of them. About three years ago, the Hokkaido Railway Co. was set to close one station...

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What is the best Museum to visit in Tokyo?
If you visit only one Museum in Tokyo then shame on you. But if your bucket list is so long, or your stay is so short that you have to reduce the entire 1452 museums in Tokyo to just one then make sure you visit the Edo-Tokyo Musuem. Why? Apart from enterin...
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