Beyond The Bedroom: The Surprising History Of Prostitution Around The World

The complex history of prostitution around the world reveals where and when prostitutes offered way more than sex. Perhaps the United States could learn a thing or two from these countries.

In the eyes of most, the modern sex worker is often reduced to being merely a victim of circumstance or a product of poor lifestyle choices. Yet these preconceived notions ignore the varied, complex history of prostitution around the world. Across the centuries and the globe, there have been many places and times in which both prostitutes themselves and their relationship to society differ sharply from the typical modern, American perspective…

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Inside Kyoto, The City Of 10,000 Shrines

Colorful Kansai Japan Kamo River

The Kamo River in Kyoto is a popular location for boating and hiking. During summer months restaurants open their balconies that look out over the river, and many walk the trails that run along the river’s edge. Source: All World Towns

They don’t call Kyoto the “city of 10,000 shrines” for nothing. The ancient cities of Nara and Kyoto are located in what’s known as Japan’s Kansai region, where many emperors resided long ago. Immaculate shrines drape the region in timeless grandeur, and are made that much more splendid courtesy of the region’s natural beauty.

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New Study Reveals Child Cancer Linked To Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

Child Cancer Fukushima Radiation

Two children watch their father get screened for radiation in 2011. Image Source: Fox News

Radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown has been linked to child cancer, a new study revealed.

The study, authored by Oakayama University professor and epidemiologist Toshihide Tsuda, found that children exposed to radiation in the middle central Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at significantly higher rates than the national annual incidence ratio.

Since the meltdown, the prefecture performed thyroid screenings on all residents under the age of 18, and Tsuda used that data — in comparison with national data and a reference area within the prefecture — to address the popular concern about cancer and exposure to nuclear radiation.

According to the most recent statistics released in August, thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of the 370,000 children screened. To put that number in perspective, the disease affects just one to two children per million each year elsewhere.

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Straw Dinosaurs In A Rice Field? Only In Japan

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A Giant Tyrannosaurus Rex created by local artist Amy Goda. Source: amymauscd

What a way to end a season. Each year on the last day of August, Japan’s Niigata Prefecture celebrates the end of the rice harvest in a rather elaborate (yet resourceful) fashion: creating rice straw sculptures.

Known as the Wara Art Festival, artists across the area transform the prefecture’s leftover wara (rice straw) into some truly stunning artwork, all available for public viewing.

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