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Saké: Hot or Cold?

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Most Westerners are familiar with hot saké served in a ceramic flask-like tokkuri. Cheap saké is good this way because it goes down more easily. The tokkuri is usually placed in a pot of hot water on the stove or in the microwave until it reaches the temperature you like.

World Record Rice Art

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This stunning rice art made it in the Guinness Book of World Records...

Japanese Commercial - Schoolgirls

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Japanese commercials are famous for being entertaining, catching your interesting and only revealing the product at the very end. Can you guess what's going to happen and what is being advertised?

Genki Sudo and WORLD ORDER do it Again

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Genki Sudo and WORLD ORDER do it Again! WORLD ORDER is famous for their highly synchronized robotic-type choreography performed in ordinary settings. See what they do in Chinatown.

The Proliferation of Middle-Aged Male Virgins in Japan

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Virginity is on the rise in Japan! 25% of Japanese men in their 30's are still virgins. Even a slang term has been coined

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