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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
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wolves

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
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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
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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
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cryptography

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
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wwii

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
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transportation

According to Japanese Traffic Lights, Bleen Means Go

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

The Intense Corporate 'Hell Camps' of 1980s Japan

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

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
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wwii

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

It was certainly an ambitious proposal.
March 1, 2017