The World According To Japan

Japanese World Map 1853

Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.

5 Amazing Countries You Know Nothing About

Amazing Countries Mozambique

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Mozambique

A medium sized country in southern Africa that was once a Portuguese colony, Mozambique is a colorful tapestry of Bantu, Portuguese and Indian language and customs.

Amazing Countries Mozambique Sailboat

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1. The capital city, Maputo, was renamed upon the country’s 1975 independence. Street names were changed to reflect their appreciation of freedom fighters and their association with the Soviet Bloc. There are streets named for Ho Chi Minh, Robert Mugabe, Patrice Lumumba and Karl Marx.

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Meet Grant Meyers, A Sound Artist In The Porn Industry

Believe it or not, there is a ton of intelligent life within the porn industry. Case in point: Grant Meyers, who makes a living by crafting the perfect sounds to complement adult films. Considering sound to be his paint, Meyers creates rich aural works with some rather unlikely objects. Says Meyers, “Erotica is about feeling and projecting yourself into a scene…but the true activity is on the aural level. Pixels aren’t real. Sound is real. Vibrations are the contact you make with another person.”

5 Extreme Protests You Won’t Believe

Extreme Protests Kent State

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In a way, every major event in history can be reduced to a tale of power struggle and protest. Successful protests have struck down reprehensible policies like Apartheid, and brought attention to previously unknown issues like the many missing indigenous women in Canada. The extreme protests featured here cover a wide array of issues in different ways. From disturbing public art displays to physical backlashes, these protests shocked the world for a number of reasons. And once you learn about them, you’ll find them difficult to forget.

Kent State, Ohio

Urban Outfitters Kent State

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