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cryptids

A Healing Spirit From 19th-Century Japan Is Back to Face COVID-19

Artists are bringing back Amabie, a 'yōkai' associated with protection from disease.
March 25, 2020
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hot springs

How to Win a Hair-Freezing Contest in Northern Canada

"Finally, I could have zero-gravity hair!"
March 20, 2020
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disappearing world

An Artist Immortalizes Hong Kong's Neon Signs, One Stitch at a Time

Percy Lam uses embroidery to preserve an art form that's hanging by a thread.
March 13, 2020
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textiles

The Surprising Complexity of an Unfinished American Quilt

A community of feminist crafters grapples with a patriotic quilt that a 99-year-old nurse left behind.
December 12, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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trains

A Newly Digitized Menu Collection Shows Off America’s Lost Railroad Cuisine

Once, Americans rode the rails for charbroiled steak, golden French toast, and prunes.
December 2, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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protest

To Protest a Feared Extradition Bill, Hongkongers Turn to Mooncakes

A bakery is churning out profane, popular protest pastries.
July 16, 2019
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airports

Meet the Farm Animals That Help One of America’s Busiest Airports Run

At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, these hungry herds serve an additional purpose beyond simple gardening.
June 19, 2019
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playgrounds

In Singapore, Playgrounds Are Capsules of National Identity

The designer Khor Ean Ghee helped define the appearance of the city-state's leisure spaces.
June 11, 2019
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entomology

In Ancient China, Pet Crickets Spent the Winter in Opulent Gourds

More than functional, these fleshy fruits developed into a striking art form.
June 5, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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rice

Ancient Chinese Buildings Are Held Together With Rice, Sugar, and Blood

Edible additives in mortar served both practical and philosophical purposes.
May 6, 2019
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puzzles

The Mind-Boggling Artistry of China’s Ivory Puzzle Balls

This traditional art from Guangzhou can never be produced legally again.
May 3, 2019
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cryptids

The Life and Legacy of Vietnam's Sacred Giant Turtle

Hanoi's Hoàn Kiếm Lake was once home to both legendary and real chelonians.
January 10, 2019
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tortoises

Why Some Gravestones Are Shaped Like Tortoises

They originated as ancient Chinese funerary markers.
October 26, 2018