Bungee jumping to adulthood

Some of Japan's new adults celebrate their coming of age this year with bungee jumping in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of T...

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Japanese tradition of scaring kids

Men dressed as demons scare children in northeastern Japan to discourage them from being lazy.

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New Year's sword making

Bladesmiths in central Japan show visitors the traditional method for making Japanese swords.

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Japan's ancient ball game

People in Kyoto reenact an ancient type of Japanese football that was played by nobles centuries ago.

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Paper grabbing for health

People scramble to grab pieces of "sacred" paper from a demon at a Shinto shrine in southwestern Japan.

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Luckiest man in Japan

Men from around Japan take part in a race at Nishinomiya Shrine in a bid to become this year's "Lucky Man.

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Space tourism in the works

The United States is working on space exploration with private-sector involvement to enable civilian space travel in the...

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Abe headed to Middle East

The Japanese government announces that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman as scheduled amid...

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-25°C temps in Hokkaido

Inland areas of Hokkaido including Etanbetsu and Horokanai record temperatures near -25°C, the coldest this year in all ...

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