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School of Mahāyāna Buddhism particularly prevalent in Japan
Proprietary video cassette format released by Sony in the 1970s, later superseded by VHS
Traditional long-sleeved Japanese robe, often ornately decorated
A two-wheeled cart powered by a bicycle or runner
Dish of vinegared rice topped with raw fish or other seafood
A leader or chief, as in the military
White foodstuff produced by coagulating soybean milk
Exceptionally fast-growing climbing vine, now considered a pest weed in the West
Musical entertainment involving singing along to popular songs
Japanese bullet train
Japanese system of unarmed self-defense which focuses on striking sensitive areas with the fists and feet
Traditional female Japanese entertainer trained in classical music, dance, etc.
Fictional giant monster that first appeared in an eponymous 1954 film
Throwing star or blade used especially in ninjutsu
Japanese pilot trained for suicide attacks during World War II
Wealthy business magnate
Member of a feudal Japanese warrior caste
Japanese art of paper folding
Large ocean wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption
Stylized Japanese comic books and graphic novels
Mutant seedless mandarin orange native to Japan
Logic puzzle that involves filling a 9x9 grid with the numbers 1-9 under certain rules
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  • Note: Many of these words refer to something specific to Japan, but, where possible, the emphasis is on words that have come into general and widespread usage in English.
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