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Down the Well: The Real Ghost Story That Inspired ‘Ringu’

Himeji Castle, the real-life location that influenced the hit J-horror movie.

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The Eel and The Ox: Summer Unagi in Japan

Learn about Day of the Ox and why people in Japan can't get enough eel in summer.

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Tanabata: The Yin and Yang of Japanese Holidays

How much does Japan's star festival actually have to do with the stars?

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5 Ways Japan Influenced ‘Star Wars’

Celebrate Star Wars Day with a deep dive into the films and Japanese influences, from Kurosawa’s films to samurai, even the Japanese language.

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Animal Symbolism of Shrines and Temples in Japan

Learn why a cat is lucky, why pregnant women want to have a dog's day and why you should never mess with crabs.

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5 Cool Things I Learned About Japan at Ise Shrine

Not only is Ise Grand Shrine Japan's most important Shinto site—but it's also a great deep dive into Japanese culture and history.

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Understanding Japan Through ‘Love is Blind’

What can Netflix’s reality show tell us about dating, marriage and communication in Japan?

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Traveling with Japanese In-Laws: What to Expect

Worried about your first big trip with your partner's parents? Don't be! Here is are some tips and what to expect before, during and after your trip.

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5 Japanese Bands Influenced by British Rock

Expand your musical horizons with these rock bands that looked to England for inspiration.

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8 Influential Women and Girls in Modern Japanese History

Celebrate International Women's Day this month by learning about these eight impressive Japanese women.

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Getting Serious with Shodo: Learning Japanese Calligraphy

Combine your love of kanji and art by becoming a calligraphy master. 

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A Breakdown of 7 Japanese Dolls for Girls’ Day 

Hinamatsuri is a special day in Japan on Mar. 3 made especially for girls and dolls. Here are seven kinds of popular dolls you'll find in Japan.

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