Natsumi Komiyama
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JAPAN / Media / Pulsations
Dec 16, 2017
'Book With No Pictures' is leaving kids in stitches
Picture-less book a hit with kids
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 9, 2017
Japanese high school girl quiz and, er, 'florida'
A quiz on words that high school girls in Japan use in conversation or when texting attracted plenty of attention online earlier this week, with the hashtag #JK用語クイズ (JK yōgo quizu, or JK words quiz) topping Twitter's trending list for much of Tuesday. "JK" is short for joshi kosei, the Japanese...
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Dec 2, 2017
Harumafuji's stablemaster adds fuel to sumo fire
Stablemaster adds fuel to sumo fire
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JAPAN / Media
Nov 25, 2017
Narita's Unari-kun named mascot of 2017
Unari-kun, the official mascot of Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, defeated 1,157 rivals from localities nationwide to win this year's Yuru-kyara Grand Prix title. Chiryuppi of Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture, and Torai-kun of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, took second and third spots, respectively.
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Nov 18, 2017
The changing face of the shichi-go-san rite of passage
Children nationwide on Wednesday celebrated shichi-go-san, an annual traditional rite of passage for children reaching the ages of 7, 5 and 3.
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JAPAN / Media
Nov 11, 2017
When teenage girls text like middle-aged men
On Nov. 8, the #おじさんLINE hashtag topped Japan Trending rankings on Twitter. The hashtag refers to the manner in which ojisan (middle-aged men) text other people.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse,Pulsations
Oct 28, 2017
Fork hides noodle-slurping sounds
Instant noodle producer Nissin Food Products has created a "noise-canceling" fork to mask the sound of someone exuberantly slurping down a mouthful of noodles.


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