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10 Unforgettable City Pop Tracks for Your Playlist

Coming to life in the 80s, the music genre of city pop is known for its optimistic and nostalgic sound. Add these songs to your playlist before your next trip to Japan! 

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Get in The Game: 5 Japan Locations You Can Visit in Videogames

From Pokemon and Iwate to Yakuza and Yokohama, here are videogames with Japanese locales that look like the real place.

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Language Crossroads: 5 Japanese Words That Made Their Way into English

Most people know that ninja and sushi are Japanese, but some English words have hidden Japanese origins. Here are five you might not have known about.

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5 Japanese Artists Who Deserve Your Attention

Fan of movies, poetry or art in general? Discover five Japanese artists to expand your knowledge of Japanese culture, entertainment and history.

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5 Japanese Electronic Music Artists for Your Playlist

From techno to house and dubstep to hip-hop, here are five Japanese electronic artists to vibe to.

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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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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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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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GaijinPot on Location: A Quest for Kurosawa

Discover the real-life locations seen in some of the acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa's most iconic movies.

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GaijinPot on Location: ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Cobra Kai’ in Okinawa

Okinawa is a big part of the Karate Kid franchise, but where are the real-life locations that inspired it?

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5 Crazy Japanese Kaiju Movies You Must Watch

There’s nothing more Japanese than giant monsters destroying impressively detailed models of cities. Here are five of our favorite kaiju movies.

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