The Rice Ball

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A 52-year-old resident was found dead in his Kitakyushu home. While investigating the man’s death, officials discovered a journal. The man was starving, and in his final entry he penned: “3 a.m. This human being hasn’t … [Read more...]

A Bridge Across Time

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Nagasaki’s Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) got its name from the way the reflection of its double arches in the river combine with the bridge itself to look like a pair of glasses. In addition to its historical … [Read more...]

Surviving Sports Festival

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In Japan, summer’s end ushers in a nationwide school tradition. Students, teachers, family, and other guests gather for a day of outdoor events known as undoukai (運動会) or sports festival. Undoukai offers something for … [Read more...]

Japan is Sinking! Or is It?

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Many people believe that there is a distinct possibility that Japan will one day sink into the ocean. Japan is an island nation, and there is scientific proof that continents much larger than Japan have indeed sunk into … [Read more...]