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Disturbingly Cute? Here Are 3 ‘Kimo-Kawaii’ Japanese Characters!

If you think something is disgusting, frightening, gross, or otherwise disturbing, say a lecherous businessman or Fuji-Q Highland’s haunted house, you can call it “kimoi” or sometimes “kimo.” This comes from the longer phrase “kimochi ga warui” (気持ちが悪い), which means to have a “bad feeling.” If something is cute, you can say “kawaii” (かわいい), which…

Meet the Cute and Creepy Mascots of Beautiful Nara City!

Yuru-chara (ゆるキャラ) are mascot characters which are used to promote pretty much everything in Japan. These mascots are all over the place, promoting everything from cities and regions to products, chains and restaurants. Even the Immigration Bureau of Japan has its own cute character. Since 2010, there has been a yearly Yuru-chara Grand Prix to…

7 Things to Do in Nara

Whether you are a Japanese or a foreigner visiting Nara, there are a few exquisite experiences the place can provide, and that only locals- or people who have been living there for a long time- know about. So, here is a list of what Nara can offer you, in aleatory order. Make sure you manage…