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Stone pillar saves a small town from a tsunami

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

The people of a small village in Japan made sure they took the warning written on an old stone pillar seriously, which said “Remember the calamities caused by the great tsunamis, do not build your houses below this sign.” This might seem like something out of an RPG, in which they point out the gateway [...]

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Bathing in Japan

Sep 20, 2012 No Comments

Some time ago, I wrote about the typical house in Japan. When I met up with a Japanese friend, I got to know more about Japanese houses and how important the bathroom is for them. It is obvious that the bathroom is important in every house, but in Japan it can become one of those [...]

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Earthquake simulator in Japan

Apr 25, 2012 No Comments

Japan and earthquakes have a very long history together; there is no doubt about that. The truth is that Japan often suffers from earthquakes and unfortunately we are very well aware of this phenomenon. Japan is the country that is probably the most prepared for earthquakes and their impact might be far less than in [...]

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Counting with your fingers in Japan

Apr 13, 2012 No Comments

Well, there are different ways of counting with your fingers. Many Westerners think that our way is the only one, but… it’s not. We might think that our way is the best and the most comfortable one, but we are wrong again. We don’t have to go to Japan to discover that there are different [...]

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Japan: an example to follow

Mar 24, 2012 No Comments

Japan has been an example of how to recuperate from an earthquake. Japan is a country that unfortunately knows a lot about natural disaster and the Japanese had to rebuild their houses and buildings many times. Something for them to be proud of is that the politics stopped fighting and worked together in order to [...]

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A Japanese hero

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

When a disaster hits like the one in Japan last year and humans are pushed to their limits, this is when heroes appear. They are not different from any other people, but they do something different: they act. This is the story of one of those Japanese heroes who risked his life to save others. [...]

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Kanji of the year 2011 絆 kizuna (Bonds)

Jan 11, 2012 No Comments

Every year, the Kanji Proficiency Society in Japan chooses a kanji that represents the most remarkable events of the past year. This selection is made on the 12th of December in the Kyomizu temple. The form of election is by ballot, voted can be done by telephone, postcard and mailbox. Starting in the year 1995, [...]

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