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Culture Cherry Blossom Stones: A Natural Wonder

In the Japanese city of Kameoka, which lies just over the western mountains of Kyoto city, an intriguing geological oddity is found. Its a small subhexagonal-shaped stone of fine-grained muscovite mic……

Anecdote The Japanese Balloon Bombs of World War 2

On May 5, 1945, Reverend Archie Mitchell took his five-month pregnant wife and a group of five children from the church, where he was the pastor, for picnic and fishing up in the mountains near Bly in……

Culture The Primeval Beech Forests of Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi in an extensive wilderness area of unspoiled virgin forest covering one third of Shirakami mountain range that straddles the border between Aomori and Akita prefectures in the norther……

Culture City Crows Build Nests Out of Coat Hangers

When Aesop wrote the famous fable The Crow and the Pitcher, he wasnt making up a story. The fable was based on actual observation that was confirmed by recent scientific studies that found that crows,……

Anecdote Osaka Stadium’s Housing Expo

Where the magnificent Namba Parks stand today at Naniwa-ku, in Osaka, Japan, once stood Osakas baseball stadium. Opened in 1950 with a capacity of 32,000 people, the stadium was home to the Nankai Haw……

Culture The Star Sand Beach of Hoshizuna-no-hama

Hoshizuna no Hama is a small beach located on the northern tip of the remote Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture, in Japan. Hoshizuna no Hama means star sand beach, and is so named because the grain……

Culture Meoto Iwa, the Wedded Rocks

Meoto Iwa, also called the husband and wife rocks or wedded rocks, are a pair of small rocky stacks in the sea right in front of the Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine in Futami Bay, Japan. According to Shin……

Culture Cherry Blossom Stones: A Natural Wonder

In the Japanese city of Kameoka, which lies just over the western mountains of Kyoto city, an intriguing geological oddity is found. Its a small subhexagonal-shaped stone of fine-grained muscovite mic……

Culture City Crows Build Nests Out of Coat Hangers

When Aesop wrote the famous fable The Crow and the Pitcher, he wasnt making up a story. The fable was based on actual observation that was confirmed by recent scientific studies that found that crows,……

Culture The Star Sand Beach of Hoshizuna-no-hama

Hoshizuna no Hama is a small beach located on the northern tip of the remote Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture, in Japan. Hoshizuna no Hama means star sand beach, and is so named because the grain……

Culture Meoto Iwa, the Wedded Rocks

Meoto Iwa, also called the husband and wife rocks or wedded rocks, are a pair of small rocky stacks in the sea right in front of the Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine in Futami Bay, Japan. According to Shin……

Culture Hibaku Jumoku: The A-Bombed Trees That Survived Hiroshima

After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, with landscapes demolished, soils charred and radiation rampant, Dr. Harold Jacobsen, a scientist from the Manhattan Project, told the Washing……

Culture Hibaku Jumoku: The A-Bombed Trees That Survived Hiroshima

After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, with landscapes demolished, soils charred and radiation rampant, Dr. Harold Jacobsen, a scientist from the Manhattan Project, told the Washing……

Culture Moss Pink (Shibazakura) Blossoms at Hitsujiyama Park, Japan

Moss pink, or shibazakura, is a flower that grows close to the ground in brilliant colors of magenta, pink, and white. The season for moss pink, which is from late April to mid-May, comes after the mo……

Culture Moss Pink (Shibazakura) Blossoms at Hitsujiyama Park, Japan

Moss pink, or shibazakura, is a flower that grows close to the ground in brilliant colors of magenta, pink, and white. The season for moss pink, which is from late April to mid-May, comes after the mo……

Culture The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima, Japan

Aogashima is a small, tropical volcanic island in the Philippine Sea, under the administration of Tokyo despite being located some 358 kilometers away from the countrys capital. It is the southernmost……

Culture The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima, Japan

Aogashima is a small, tropical volcanic island in the Philippine Sea, under the administration of Tokyo despite being located some 358 kilometers away from the countrys capital. It is the southernmost……

Culture Blue Pond in Hokkaido, Japan

The Blue Pond is located in the left bank of the River Bieigawa, southeast of the town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan, about 2.5 km northwest from the Platinum hot springs at the foot of Mt. Tokachi. The……

Culture Blue Pond in Hokkaido, Japan

The Blue Pond is located in the left bank of the River Bieigawa, southeast of the town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan, about 2.5 km northwest from the Platinum hot springs at the foot of Mt. Tokachi. The……

Culture Flower Paradise at Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, next to the Ajigaura Beach, is a flower park and a popular tourist destination. The park covers an area of 3.5 hectares and the……

Culture Flower Paradise at Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, next to the Ajigaura Beach, is a flower park and a popular tourist destination. The park covers an area of 3.5 hectares and the……

Culture Sagano Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama, Kyoto

The Sagano Bamboo Forest is located to the northwest in Kyoto Basin, Japan, covering an area of 16 square kilometers. It is one of the most beautiful natural environment in entire Japan, not only beca……

Culture Firefly Squids in Toyama Bay, Japan

The Firefly Squid is a bioluminescent squid growing to a length of only three inches. The squid is equipped with special light-producing organs called photophores that emit a deep blue light. Large ph……

Culture Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

The Japanese love flowers, and wisteria are among their favorites. Wisteria (known as fuji in Japan) is said to be one of the archipelago's most ancient noted flowering trees, even being described in……

Culture Gigantic Snow Wall Along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a unique and spectacular route through the Northern Japan Alps, which is traversed by various means of transportation, including cable cars, trolley buses and a rop……