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Ikigai: The Japanese Way of Making the Most Out of Life

Japanese people are admired for their genius, industriousness, grace, beauty, and culture. Although Japanese society is very fast-paced, over the millennia they have developed...

New COVID-19 Virus Strains Found in the US, Vaccine Effectiveness Unknown

Researchers from Ohio State University have discovered two new COVID-19 virus strains, which they believe originated in the United States. One strain was found...

Japan Sets Record $52-Billion Military Budget to Counter Communist China

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga has announced a record Ministry of Defense budget. Starting April 01, 2021, the annual military budget will be...

No Drinking! No Fighting! The Laws of Early Edo Japan to Keep the Peace

An early Edo period document stipulating the Hosokawa clan code of conduct for vassals dispatched on a national project to rebuild Sunpu Castle has...

Are We Defined by Race or Culture?

The question of race vs. culture is something that has been bothering psychologists for a long time. Are we the products of our race,...

Chinese Coast Guard Allowed to Fire on Foreign Ships in South China Sea

The Chinese government has introduced draft legislation that will allow its coast guard to use weapons against foreign ships that are found to be...

A Medieval Japanese Technique That Grows Cedar Trees Super Straight

Most of you have heard about the Japanese art of "bonsai," a technique that allows people to raise miniature versions of trees. However, have...

A Japanese Museum That Exhibits Face-Like Rocks

Ever seen a rock that resembles a human face? If not, you should check out the Chichibu Chinsekikan, or "Hall of Curious Rocks" museum...

What Is Mochi and Why You Should Be Careful When Eating It

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from short-grain glutinous rice called mochigome. Though it is eaten all year round, mochi is particularly popular...

The Secret to Health Lies in Apples That Don’t Rot

We all know that the surface of an apple, when cut into pieces, will turn brown pretty quickly and then start to decay. However,...

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