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A collection of images about Japan.
United in different colors.jpg
'Cosplayers' (from コスプレ kosupure 'costume roleplay') - teenagers who dress as characters from film, television or animé cartoons - pose for the cameras in Harajuku, Tokyo. These girls are dressed as members of the Japanese band 'Dir en grey'.
Photo © by Sonny Santos, used by permission.
Menu.jpg
This bar menu in Shinjuku, Tokyo lists food and drink in both angular katakana - for loanwords or to make signs easier to read - and the curvy hiragana script - for native vocabulary. Top of the list, in katakana, is レミーマルタン - Remii Marutan 'Remy Martin' brandy; bottom, in hiragana, is あんみつ anmitsu - a jelly to finish a meal. The sign on the door (非常口 Hijoo Guchi 'fire exit') is written in kanji, or Chinese-derived characters.
Photo © by Sonny Santos, used by permission.
Tokyo After Six.jpg
Japan's capital, Tokyo, is a city of packed streets, neon logos and the ancient tucked away alongside the modern.
Photo © by Sonny Santos, used by permission.
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Japan and its neighbours.
Harajuku Up & Close.jpg
Traditional and modern meet on the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo.
Photo © by Sonny Santos, used by permission.
A Jesuit Map With Sea of Japan.png
An early seventeenth-century map drawn by an Italian missionary in China. It is the first map in which the name 'Sea of Japan' appears.
Image: Public Domain
A British Map With Sea of Japan.jpg
A mid nineteenth-century British map.
Image: Public Domain
AKIBA Scenario.jpg
Promoting a maid-kissa (メイド喫茶 meido-kissa, 'maid coffee shop') in Akihabara, Tokyo will involve looking the part; young women in maidlike waitresses' outfits are a common sight in this electronics quarter of the city.
Photo © by Sonny Santos, used by permission.
Ainu-cise-outside.jpg
Northern Japan is home to the indigenous Ainu people. A cise is a traditional Ainu dwelling, with a thatched roof and entranceway separate from the main interior space. These replicas can be seen at Nibutani, an Ainu-majority village in Hokkaido.
Himeji Castle.jpg
Himeji Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site; its defences and gardens showcase two sides of Japan's history and culture.

Japanese-cute-bank-cards.jpg

Bank cards with cute characters on them are widely available in Japan.
Japanese-restaurant-window.jpg
Japanese restaurants often display plastic replicas of many dishes, so diners can see exactly what to expect.
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Japan's islands are divided into 47 prefectures.
Ryuhei-kawada.jpg
Japanese politician Ryuhei Kawada campaigning in elections to the upper house of the Japanese parliament in 2007; Japan is a democracy where both party-affiliates and independents such as Kawada can successfully seek office.
Japanese-doll.jpg
A traditional Japanese doll. The Hina Matsuri (雛祭り 'Doll Festival') is held every 3rd March in Japan.
Tengu-geta.jpg
Tengu-geta shoes can be seen at traditional festivals.
Photo © by Sonny Santos, used by permission.
Shinjuku-neon Tokyo.jpg
Neon signs light up the streets of Shinjuku, Tokyo. Logos and other signs often employ the katakana script rather than the Chinese-derived kanji characters.
Busy Tokyo railway station.jpg
Tokyo Station commuters.
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