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Japan can often feel like it’s in a world of its own. Sake vending machines, a sophisticated love hotel culture, hotels run by robot dinosaurs and a ridiculously noisy game that’s become Japan’s biggest gaming obsession. Here you’ll find a round up of the technology that defines Japan’s unique and often bewildering culture.

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Inside Japan's Most Expensive Bullet Train | $750 Seat

Japan's Bullet Trains are a joy to travel on. Stylish, luxurious and futuristic, we ride inside the premium-first class cabin for the first time and experience railway travel on another level....

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Japan's Most Dangerous Obsession Explained | Drift Racing

Japan's street racing subculture can often feels at odds with Japan's image. We take a look at Drifting and visit the country's biggest drifting circuit to understand why it's popular and to try it for ourselves....

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Inside Fukushima: What Happened After the Nuclear Disaster?

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is unimaginable in scale. 8 years later in the midst of a $27bn decontamination effort, we explore inside the disaster zone and meet the locals to uncover the situation in Fukushima; past, present and future....

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What Owning a Love Hotel in Japan is Like

Love hotels are big business in Japan, worth an estimated $40bn to the economy. For the first time ever we take a look behind the scenes of a love hotel and meet the charismatic owner who's built his world around the business....

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Japanese Sake Vending Machines Are Amazing

Sake Vending Machines are the ultimate reward for Day Three of our journey, as I face my toughest challenge yet....

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Japan's Biggest Gaming Obsession Explained | Pachinko

Pachinko is Japan's biggest game. And yet many people overseas have never even heard of it. ...

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5 Things to do in Akihabara | Tokyo

Akihabara is one of Tokyo's most popular destinations. We go in search of the best the area has to offer....

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Inside Japan's Robot Dinosaur Hotel

Japan's robot hotel: The Henna Hotel or "strange" hotel is causing a stir at the moment with lots of media coverage. We go and see if it lives up to the hype....

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Staying at a Tokyo Capsule Hotel

Capsule hotels in Japan are dream come true for budget travellers - particularly in upmarket Ginza in Tokyo....

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Japan's First Drink on the Moon

Next year one of Japan's finest products, Pocari Sweat, blasts off to the moon along with the dreams of thousands of children. Let's learn about this bizarre and random event....

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Japanese Table Smashing Arcade Game | Cho Chabudai Gaeshi

Japanese Table Flipping Game! Arcade game: Japanese stress relieve relief; involving a Japanese expression, an awesome arcade game and an abundance of tables....

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Robot Restaurant, Shinjuku, Tokyo

On a recent trip to Shinjuku, Tokyo we went to the infamous "Robot Restaurant" (ロボットレストラン). This video offers you a glimpse of the craziness within. 東京に旅行に行ったときにロボットレストランに行きました...

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Is Japan about to get flying cars?

Pete and Chris have very different opinions about floating cars. Then again, Pete can't drive......

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Japanese company turns sex into renewable energy

White day rolls around once again...in the hay, it seems. ...

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Japan's latest technological wonders revealed

Who wants a robot egg that shouts in the night? We do. We most definitely do. ...

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Are pizza vending machines the future?

Pete and Chris marvel at the very idea of an automatic pizza vending machine, and Pete uses the word 'spaff.'...

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Adult toys and bathing suits!

No coolish, but plenty of waifu pillow chat - think the heat may have got to Chris and Pete......

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Flying a drone in Japan - how hard is it?

Chris has finally taken the plunge and bought himself some primo drone tech. Look out, power lines - our man is set to slice and dice. In other news a man gets thrown off his own private island and Chris answers your questions. ...

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Why is everything so small?

Chris and Pete are back and talking all things tiny... Is it worth staying in a Japanese capsule hotel? Why is delicious soy sauce dripping from listener Emich's walls? All these questions and more (including some essential Japanese vocabulary...