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Culture

How Tattoos Saved Indonesian Women from Sexual Slavery in World War II

A local marriage tradition in the island of Timor helped these women escape becoming comfort women during Japanese occupation.
Kathleen Malay
Rizky Rahad
1.10.19
adventure

Hainan is the Island Behind China’s Bid to be a Surfing Superpower

Surfing used to be a dirty pastime in the People's Republic, until Olympic dreams changed everything
Jamie Fullerton
1.8.19
Food

Is the World Ready for These Pringles-Flavored Instant Noodles?

Mmmm… sour cream and onion fried noodles.
Nisa Kreems
1.8.19
Art

Takashi Murakami on Fukushima, Instagram, and his Custom Wardrobe

Takashi Murakami, master of the post-anime "superflat" aesthetic, has brought his older work into dialogue with some ambitious new projects, transforming the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow—and several other museums—into wild visual playpens.
Cedar Pasori
1.7.19
Bolivia

This Japanese Fisherman Discovered Bolivia’s Only Giant Freshwater Clams

Twenty years ago, Gustavo Mizushima, whose family moved from Japan to Bolivia in the aftermath of World War II, discovered giant clams on his fish farm. No one knows how they got there, but the mollusks are now in high demand.
Sorrel Moseley-Williams
1.6.19
I can do it in monk's robes

Buddhist Monks Are Flexing on Twitter to Protest a Japanese Traffic Law

The Japanese hashtag #僧衣でできるもん, “I can do it in monk’s robes,” is more than just a Twitter thing.
Sarah Emerson
1.6.19
adventure

10 Incredible Japanese Houses

Brutalist concrete structures, winding vertical mazes and steel facades – anything goes in Japan
Samira Larouci
12.28.18
Conservation

Japan Is Going to Start Commercial Whaling for the First Time in More Than 30 Years

The Japanese barely eat whale meat anymore.
Alex Lubben
12.27.18
japan

My Decadent Deep-Fried Christmas at KFC Japan

What’s red, white, and involves feasting on a large fried chicken, brought to you by a jolly, overweight bearded white man? Japanese KFC.
Jessie Thompson
12.25.18
calendar

Japan’s Hottest Calendar of 2019 Features Horny Pictures of Vladimir Putin

The calendar's rampant success has been attributed to young Japanese women calling themselves "Putin fans."
Gavin Butler
12.18.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

This Massive Explosion In Japan Was Caused By Air Fresheners

The explosion was so big that people in Sapporo thought it was an earthquake.
VICE Staff
12.17.18
Art

This Artist Creates Sex-Positive Erotica Inspired by Traditional Japanese Porn

New Zealand-Japanese artist Aiko Robinson takes her scenes from contemporary porn but renders them in the style of Shunga, a form of sexually explicit traditional Japanese printmaking.
Thomas Phillips
12.17.18
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