Category: Japan

A Japanese village was spared being destroyed during the 2011…

A Japanese village was spared being destroyed during the 2011 tsunami by its huge seawall — a wall that its previous mayor had been harshly criticized for building.

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One of the most popular national daily newspapers in Japan…

One of the most popular national daily newspapers in Japan circulated an entirely recyclable newspaper. It had plant seeds embedded in the news print. After reading, you could plant the newspaper directly into soil and it would grow.

The Japanese embassy in France has a 24-hour helpline for their…

The Japanese embassy in France has a 24-hour helpline for their citizens who didn’t find Paris as expected.

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100,000 Japanese disappear without trace every year, many to…

100,000 Japanese disappear without trace every year, many to save their honour after a divorce, job loss, failing an exam or debt.

Japanese scientists successfully created an MRI machine that can…

Japanese scientists successfully created an MRI machine that can record your dreams and reconstruct them for you to watch while you’re awake.

For the first 100 years after being introduced to chili peppers…

For the first 100 years after being introduced to chili peppers in the 1600s, the Japanese put them in their socks to keep-their toes warm instead of eating-them.

‘Tsunami stones’ are ancient warnings written on…

‘Tsunami stones’ are ancient warnings written on stone tablets, some over 600 years old, that lie along the northeastern coast of Japan. One that was placed in Aneyoshi after a 1933 tsunami reads: ‘Do not build your homes below this point.’ The entire village survived the tsunami disaster of 2011.

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There is a pepper grown in Japan called the Shishito pepper….

There is a pepper grown in Japan called the Shishito pepper. Only 1 out of 10 is spicy and there’s no way of knowing beforehand.

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The US considered dyeing Mt. Fuji black in WWII as psychological…

The US considered dyeing Mt. Fuji black in WWII as psychological warfare against the Japanese.

In Japan, they have lactation bars offering human breast…

In Japan, they have lactation bars offering human breast milk—$18 gets you a shot and $46 gets you the nipple.