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Places visited in Takasaki, Japan

Why Rustic Hamlets Host Some of Japan’s Most Striking Modern Architecture

Nostalgia, tourism, and a desire for relevance help drive the trend.
June 18, 2021
uncrowded japan

'Ghost Houses' Haunt a Rapidly Aging Japan

Young heirs are abandoning the family homes of their forebears.
July 14, 2020
rock and roll

The Pandemic Hasn't Dulled Japan's Special Love for Queen

Fans are finding new ways to celebrate the band during the 45th anniversary of their first arrival there.
April 23, 2020
spirits week

The Graveside Festival That Celebrates the Dead in Okinawa

Shimi, or “grave-sweeping festival,” takes place every April on the southernmost islands of Japan.
October 31, 2019

How Do You Convince 125 Million People to Embrace Wolves?

It would be good for Japan's forests and farms (less so the deer).
August 26, 2019
uncrowded japan

Every Day at 5:00, Japan Tests Its Disaster Warning System With Folk Tunes

The "5 pm chime" has taken on many meanings over the years.
June 13, 2019
uncrowded japan

On the Hunt for Japan's Elaborate, Colorful Manhole Covers

Dedicated enthusiasts travel the country and scour the ground to see them.
March 15, 2019
Gastro Obscura

During WWII, Bletchley Park Was Home to Codebreaking and Tea Shenanigans

Staff at "Station X" threw their teacups into lakes and stuffed them into hedges.
January 31, 2019
world war ii

40 Years Ago, Okinawans Returned to Driving on the Left

A stone monument marks this symbolic last moment of post-WWII repatriation.
July 30, 2018

According to Japanese Traffic Lights, Bleen Means Go

The country's bluish-green signals are the results of linguistics and legalities.
September 12, 2017

The Intense Corporate 'Hell Camps' of 1980s Japan

They involved night hikes, forced public singing, and "ribbons of shame."
May 30, 2017

Why Japan's Rail Workers Can't Stop Pointing at Things

A seemingly silly gesture is done for the sake of safety.
March 29, 2017
world war ii

The WWII Plan to Mess With the Japanese by Dyeing Mt. Fuji

It was certainly an ambitious proposal.
March 1, 2017