The Ghosts Of Fukushima In Namie, Japan

Namie Japan Ghost Town

Nearly swallowed whole by a major earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation, the town of Namie is struggling to survive. Three years later, Namie remains within the clutches of natural disaster–and likely will for the foreseeable future. The town’s 20,000-plus residents are still evacuated due to persistently high radiation levels, and it is likely that even when they do recede those forced to leave will remain negatively affected by the slew of disasters for the rest of their lives.

Japan’s Crazy Harajuku Fashion

The Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan is the epicenter of street fashion. Collisions of colors, fabrics and aesthetics culminate in this single square mile, overloading the district with boutiques, clothing chains, and fashion malls all catering to the ever-growing sartorial scene. While Gwen Stefani may have introduced Harajuku to more Western audiences in 2004 (and somewhat contentiously, at that), Harajuku fashion has been a veritable institution for decades.

Black Geisha

Source: Slate

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Modern Sword Fighting In Japan

Hidden behind the shadows of modern skyscrapers, two men take part in the ancient art of Samurai sword fighting. Despite the evolution of weaponry and technical innovations therein, Japanese sword fighting has maintained much of its original integrity.

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