Two and a half years after Japan was dragged through the fatal throes of a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown, displacement and loss are still sadly common themes among Japanese survivors. Despite the evacuation of over 160,000 citizens, though, enterprise has returned in the form of a dilapidated vending machine.
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From I Love Coffee comes a wonderful infographic on how to properly enjoy a meal of sushi. Who knew?
Ever wanted to know exactly what your cat is saying? With Meowlingual, the mystery behind your cat’s cries is finally gone. This Japanese device promises to translate your cat’s ‘language’ from a series of purrs into phrases such as “I can’t stand it” and over 200 more expressions. The quirky device records your cat while it speaks to you and matches the noise with its closest human translation. And while it’s up to you to determine how much faith you put into these translations, it’ll cost you around $75 to try it out.
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When most people tune into a political debate, they anticipate that things will quickly heat up–but not to the point that they will witness the assassination of one of its speakers. And yet in 1960 in Tokyo, that exact event transpired. The slain was Inejiro Asanuma, a prominent politician and leader of the Japanese Socialist Party whose contentious support of the Chinese Communist Party proved too much for one right-wing, 17-year-old nationalist. Cause of death? A samurai sword straight through the stomach.
After gazing at this photo, you might be tempted to say that Tokyo is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Though in saying that, you’d also be objectively wrong. Converted in the 1870s, Tokyo is not a city but rather a prefecture, which is a fancy way of saying that it maintains governmental bodies larger than cities, towns and villages. FYI: Tokyo is the Japanese-dubbed “metropolis” prefecture, whereas other highly-populated places like Kyoto and Osaka are deemed urban prefectures.
Found within the Philippine Sea and formed by volcanic deposits, the history of human settlement on the Japanese island is uncertain but the veracity of its incredible appearance is not.