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Women and Cats: Contemporary Bijinga Paintings by Kazuho Imaoka

The tradition of bijinga (美人画, “beautiful person picture”) is said to have originated in Kyoto around the mid-Edo period as an art form that portrayed not only external beauty, but inner beauty. The style continued to evolve through the Meiji and Taisho periods of Japanese modernity but now, a group of young Kyoto-based painters are …

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Israeli soldiers spark controversy for evocative poses

Israeli soldiers were criticized for uploading “naughty” poses after hundreds of people lost their lives in a conflict near Gaza. The videos uploaded onto social media show that young Israeli soldiers are wearing seductive outfits dancing with weapons by their sides. Natalia Dadeevy, a Tiktok account holder, shares that she is a substitute soldier of …

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After Being Silent For Decades, Japan Now Speaks Up About Taiwan — And Angers China

SEOUL | Japan is making a significant shift in its position on Taiwan, one of Asia’s most contentious issues.Mainland China and Taiwan were divided in 1949 during a civil conflict. Beijing has vowed unification with Taiwan -by force if necessary.To deter such an action, the Biden administration relies on Japan and its allies. Japan has …

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Japanese Schoolgirls Show Off 82 Sumo Wrestling Techniques In Uniform

JAPAN| Although there are many ways to win sumo bouts, these two women show what are considered the 82 official winning strategies.We’ve seen Japanese schoolgirls throw down with sumo wrestlers before in order to get their hands on some ramen, but this promotional video for the 101st iteration of the Kanazawa High School Sumo Tournament …

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Belarusian Olympic sprinter Seeks Refuge in Japan, Fearing Jail at Home

TOKYO| A Belarusian sprinter said Sunday that she was under the protection of the Japanese police after her country’s Olympic Committee tried, but failed, to forcibly send her home after she criticized her coaches for registering her for the wrong event. The sprinter, Kristina Timanovskaya, announced Sunday evening on Instagram that she had sought protection …

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Gravure Idol Jun Amaki Has Tries on Backless Virgin-Slayer Sweater

Jun Amaki, the gravure idol with the “2-dimensional body”, posted several photos and a video of her wearing “The Virgin-Slayer Sweater” on her Instagram and Twitter. This…cannot be real. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 天木じゅん Jun Amaki (@jun.amaki) Why this sweater is called as “Virgin-slayer”? Learn more about it here. Basically …

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Hottest Summer of Gravure Idols!

TOOKYO| The world’s largest idol festival, “TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL” was held at areas around Odaiba and Aomi. This year was also a great sucess.Within TIF, TOKYO GRAVURE IDOL FESTIVAL was a blast! Many gravure idols gathered, wearing cute swimsuits. We’ll introduce popular idols from TGIF! Hikaru Aoyama Emi Kurita Yuina Iwase

Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard village bed goes viral

TOKYO| A video posted on social media showing nine members of Israel’s Olympic baseball team destroying a bed at the Olympic Village has gone viral after Israeli public broadcaster KAN reported on the post. The bed frames in the Olympic Village are made from cardboard, which was adopted as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional …

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An San, South Korean Olympic Archer, Criticized for Her Short Haircut But Fans shows of online support

The misogynistic abuse comes following a rise in anti-feminist sentiment in South Korea, with some companies indulging the hate. The ab*se began with a post on a predominantly male online community page, criticising An’s short hair and labelling her a feminist. The post read: “Women who attend women’s universities and have a short cut are …

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Chinese Embassy Blasts Reuters For Using Ugly Photo Of Weightlifter Who Won Gold

TOKYO| The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka criticized Reuters for its photo choice about Zhihui Hou’s first-place finish in the Women’s 49kg Weightlifting competition. Hou set Olympic records in three different categories — snatch, clean and jerk, and total — bagged gold on July 24 with a total of 210 kilograms (462.971 pounds) and created a …

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The 5,000 medal cases for the Tokyo Olympics were all hand-made by a handful of craftsmen in a town with a population of 4,400 in Hokkaido.

JAPAN| The 5,000 medal cases for the Tokyo Olympics were all hand-made by a handful of craftsmen in a town with a population of 4,400 in Hokkaido. The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal case is inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem. Each case pays tribute to the Olympians who have reached …

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Olympic ‘watch parties’ turn Tokyo parks into booze fests

TOKYO| While millions of Tokyoites are watching the Olympics from their homes, many others enjoy the Olympics in the parks, drinking beer, and cheering on the Japanese athletes to win the most recent medals. This is the reality of an expanded state of emergency that the government has declared as COVID-19 cases continue their rapid …

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When Italian Volleyballers Suddenly Realize Their Japanese Opponent Speaks Italian(VIDEO)

TOKYO| Yuki Ishikawa, a Japanese professional volleyball player, is from Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture. Ishikawa, who plays as an outside hitter, is the captain for the Japan men’s volleyball team.He is currently playing at Power Volley Milano, an Italian Volleyball League club. Team Italy discovers Yuki speaks Italian and starts covering their mouths with …

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7 Famous Japanese Dog Breeds: Cuteness from Shiba Inu to Akita Inu!

Japan has great reverence for animals, and dogs are certainly no exception. For the Japanese, dogs are thought of as national treasures. Though the native breeds of Japan can be traced back thousands of years, 7 Famous Japanese Dog Breeds considered rare even in Japan, making them even more special. Anyone who owns one of …

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The Unlikely Success Story of a Man Who Gets Paid to Do Nothing

JAPAN| A 37-year-old Japanese man has built a successful career by renting himself out to do nothing. For some reason, he is inundated with requests from people who just want him by their side. In just two years, Shoji Morimoto has gone from being just another unemployed middle-aged man in Tokyo, to a minor Japanese …

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Japanese Artists Reimagined Countries And Their Flags As Anime Characters For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO| While Tokyo is busy with the preparations for the 2020 Olympics, people are already psyched for it. Some Japanese artists have created an unofficial promotion campaign for the big event, drawing inspiration from a subject they are incredibly passionate about Anime. They’ve been reimagining the participating countries as badass characters who are ready to …

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Japan to reopen probe into ex-PM Abe’s dinner spending scandal

TOKYO| According to Friday’s statement, the inquest body ruled that Shinzo Abe’s earlier decision to not indict him was improper. Prosecutors will now reopen their investigation into the former Prime Minister. The Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution issued a decision on July 15. It concerns allegations of endowments as per the law governing public …

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Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs

Japanese officials raised the alarm on Thursday after Tokyo reported record-breaking cases of coronavirus for the third consecutive day. The Olympics are well underway. Reporters were told by Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato that they have not seen an increase in the number of infections this severe. He stated that the number of new cases …

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Toyota Is Now world’s best-selling automaker

TOKYO| Toyota Motor Corp. remained the world’s best-selling automaker with a record 5.47 million vehicles sold for the first six months of 2021, outpacing German archrival Volkswagen AG, the Japanese company’s data showed Thursday. It is the second year in a row that Toyota has been the world’s top automaker in the first half, underscoring …

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PM Suga claims there is no link between the Olympics and the rise of infection in Tokyo

TOKYO| Even as new coronavirus cases surge in Tokyo to rates not seen since the pandemic began, Japan’s prime minister says the Olympics are not causing the spike. Officials on Thursday confirmed 3,865 new cases in Japan’s capital, the highest daily tally reported, just as the Tokyo Olympics near their halfway point. Prime Minister Yoshihide …

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USA’s Suni Lee wins gold in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final

Team USA’s Suni Lee won gold Thursday in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final, defending the title despite the absence of the team’s reigning champion, Simone Biles. An American has now won each of the last five Olympic titles.Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won silver, the first medal for the country in women’s gymnastics. And Russian athlete …

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Cameraman Focuses On Cockroach In Tokyo Olympics Live Broadcast Instead Of Hockey Match(VIDEO)

TOKYO | A cameraman decided to focus on a cockroach during the live broadcast of women’s hockey event between Spain and Agentina, which was aired on Argentinian TV network TyC Sports. This year’s Olympic Games are giving us a good dose of viral news and videos. The latest one to send us laughing is a …

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The Flowers For Olympic Medalists Carry Deep Meaning In Japan

JAPAN| Of course, an Olympic medal has significance. But the bouquet of flowers that every medal winner is being handed at the Tokyo Olympics has deeper meaning. Much deeper. The sunflowers and all the other flowers in the bouquet were grown in the three northeastern Japanese prefectures that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, …

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