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The Western Influences Behind Junji Ito’s Manga Work

The spiral of horror influences twists through Jaws, H.P. Lovecraft, and more.

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Harvest Horrors: 5 Japanese Ghosts to Fear in Fall

The harvest season in Japan is associated with a mixture of horrific and helpful yokai spirits.

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5 Japanese Horror Films You HAVE to Watch this Halloween

Get right into the Halloween spirit with these highly acclaimed Japanese horror movies.

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Away Games: Ranking Every Pro Baseball Stadium in Japan

See what the sport has to offer in every corner of Japan. One fan made the full journey and ranked every pro ballpark.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Japan

Here are five fun ways to make the most of the fall season for your next visit in Japan.

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Why is Japan called ‘Japan’ and not ‘Nihon?’

The reason why Japan isn’t called Nihon involves a gradual change over millennia and the many countries that had an influence on it.

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Following Junichiro Tanizaki, One of Japan’s Greatest Writers

A roundup of significant literary sites in Kobe and Ashiya for fans of one of Japan's most renowned authors.

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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.

By 4 min read