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Continuing to push Japanese cell phone customers to the edge of weirdness, NTT Docomo recently tested what it calls Mobile Fragrance Communication (Kaori Tsushin Mobile). The service combines animated visual gifs and olfactory stimuli, via downloads of "Fragrance Playlists." For...
 
Because Japanese homes are typically small, you'll seldom find a dryer accompanying the family washing machine, thus resulting in a sea of clothesline-dried laundry covering entire neighborhoods. The archaic practice of drying one's clothes outside--even in the winter, rain and...
 
Recently we showed you the lengths Japanese hay fever suffers go to stave off pollen, but we overlooked a less cumbersome and decidedly more fashionable option called the Nose Mask Pit. Created by Bio International Japan, the mechanism fits snugly...
 
One thing most Westerners still find it hard to get used to when visiting Japan is the widespread use of surgical masks by pedestrians. Whether chasing away a cold or avoiding spring hay fever, Japanese citizens think nothing of accessorizing...

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