Catch your own fish at this restaurant in Japan to save money

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

If you’re looking for one of the quirkiest restaurants to dine in while travelling through Japan, head to Zauo. It’s not just because this restaurant has a cool boat layout that makes this eatery popular. It’s because diners get to catch their own fish!

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Japan offers sumo tours for all you sumo-obsessed fans!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 August 2015

After you’ve visited every tourist attraction in Tokyo, wander off that beaten path and aim to do something completely different. Something nobody has ever told you about. You know, like a Sumo Tour.

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Rough night on the town in Tokyo? Cozy up in a tiny capsule til morning

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

It’s happened to the best of us – we have a bit too much fun on a night out and we miss the train. Or, we’re about to catch the train but we feel too under-the-weather to sit in a rattling carriage for an hour ’til we arrive home. So Japan came up with a brilliant idea: the capsule hotel.

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Mutant-looking daisies are blooming near the doomed Fukushima nuclear power plant (but it’s not due to high levels of radiation)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in News on Monday 27 July 2015

Four years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant went into meltdown, there’s life. Except this life is a lot different to the life that once inhabited the nearby area.

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These furry critters are making us fall in love with sea slugs: Yes, sea slugs!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 17 July 2015

Instead of shuddering at the thought of sea slugs, embrace them. We certainly will when they look as cute as these furry little monsters of the deep!

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The internet wins again with photos of cats in kimonos

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 15 July 2015

Well, Internet, you win again. Not satisfied with regular pictures of their pet cats, certain cat owners in Japan are dressing their furry felines up in traditional kimonos. Teeny, tiny kitty kimonos.

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Japan finally makes Godzilla its official Tokyo resident

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Boy, all that enigmatic sneaking about in the waters of Tokyo Bay has to be tiring even for Godzilla, the King of Monsters. But Tokyo has finally relaxed its rules and gone ahead to announce Godzilla as an official resident of Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, citing Godzilla’s strong role in ‘watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood’ and […]

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Keep your kitty amused for hours with this cardboard box cat maze

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 28 May 2015

You’ve tried the ball of string, the catnip and goodness knows what else – now it’s time to amp up your efforts of amusing your resident kitty with this cardboard box maze.

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2 girls, 1 cockroach: a game where contestants try to blow a bug into each other’s mouths

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Thursday 14 May 2015

Aaaand Japan has outdone themselves once again! On the Japanese variety show ‘AKBingo!’, two girls participated in a disgusting contest that’s similar to tug-of-war. Except this one involves a cockroach.

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There’s a bridge in Japan that’s so steep, it looks more like a rollercoaster

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 1 May 2015

This is the Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan. It’s the third largest rigid-frame bridge in the world at 44 metres tall. And judging by its looks, it would also probably qualify as the world’s scariest too.

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Japanese dad photographs his adorable twins through life’s ups and downs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 16 April 2015

Here’s a question: Does it get any cuter than a couple of Japanese twins giving the peace sign? Nope. This is the cutest Instagram photo series I’ve seen in a while and it’s all documented by the twins’ father, graphic designer Akira Oozawa.

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This man returned to his hometown with high levels of radiation to look after its abandoned animals

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By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 25 March 2015

The disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant occurred with the devastating Japanese tsunami in 2011. While the approximately 15,800 residents of Tomioka, a town located in the Futaba District, fled from their homes, one man decided to return instead so he can take care of the animals that were abandoned. Some of the pets were still tied up by their previous owners.

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Godzilla is now staying put at one building in Shinjuku, Japan and no one is freaking out about it

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Thursday 19 March 2015

There is an even BIGGER reason now to visit the forever bustling precinct of Shinjuku, Japan. Look out for its new super huge denizen Godzilla, who can be seen bellowing away from one of the roofs of the many skyscrapers in Shinjuku’s entertainment section of Kabukicho, famous for its many Kabuki theatres and hostess bars.

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Yahoo! Japan wants you to help them raise funds for disaster relief on March 11

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Wednesday 11 March 2015

It was four years ago that the horrible trio of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster happened in the Tohoku region of Japan, snatching away human lives and causing devastation.

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This wasp of a cracker not only doesn’t sting but tastes unexpectedly like raisins

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Ever been stung by a wasp? Revenge has never tasted better: these senbie (rice crackers) are filled with big, fat wasps for your culinary pleasure.

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