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Cai Guo-Qiang Makes a “Homecoming” to JapanDemura Kōichi (Text)/Izumiya Gensaku (Photographs)

Weaving motifs from Chinese culture, history, and thought, Cai Guo-Qiang began creating gunpowder drawings while living in Japan. What does the country mean for this world-leading contemporary artist?
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When Beatlemania Came to JapanHoshika Rumiko

I met the Beatles in June 1965. I boarded a plane for the first time in my life and flew to London for an exclusive interview with John, Paul, George, and Ringo at EMI’s legendary Abbey Road studios. A year later, the Beatles came to perform in Japan, at the Nippon Budōkan. Following that original interview in 1965, I was able to meet and interview the Beatles every year until the band split in 19…
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“Baby in Hell”: The Latest Haunted House Attraction of a Horror Maestro

View posters of past haunted houses produced by master of fear Gomi Hirofumi and watch a Nippon.com team enter his most recent creation.
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Gomi Hirofumi and Japan’s Scariest Haunted Houses

Gomi Hirofumi has been producing haunted house extravaganzas around Japan for 25 years. We interviewed him to find out more about the man who has been scaring audiences out of their wits for a quarter of a century.
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Japan Glances Index

Discover Japan by picking a theme from the list below and exploring the related topics. Each short overview is illustrated with colorful photographs.
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Cultural Relations as a Double-Edged Sword: Terror in Paris and Trouble at UNESCOSakai Kazunari

The repeated terrorist attacks in Paris and the disputes within UNESCO between Japan and its neighbors highlight the danger that culture can become a source of international confrontation.
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The Words of 2015Nippon.com Staff

The publisher Jiyū Kokumin Sha has selected the nominees for its "Words of the Year" award. Read our introductions to 50 terms that paint a picture of what sort of year 2015 was for Japan.
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When Japonism Bewitched EuropeWatanabe Hirotaka

Today art from Japan has worldwide cultural impact and is a familiar part of the global artistic scene. Up through the early modern era, though, Japanese art was a bolt from the blue—something entirely new to viewers overseas, who saw it as something fresh and surprisingly sophisticated. This was the dawn of Japonism.
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Coffee and Identity at Starbucks Japan: A Matter of CulturePablo Figueroa

In his witty article “The Name on My Coffee Cup,” published in the New Yorker, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh describes how his name is systematically misspelled when ordering coffee at American Starbucks—“Zal,” “Sowl,” “Sagi,” “Shi.” In the United States, Starbucks employees write down your name on the coffee cup. I had never given thought to this before—every time I went to Starbucks in Seattle or Los Angel…
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Soaking up the Benefits: Japan’s Hot Springs TraditionMatsuda Tadanori

Japanese people have loved onsen since ancient times for the comfort they bring to mind and body. We introduce the beauty benefits and anti-ageing effects offered by hot springs while examining the relationship between the Japanese people and onsen.
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