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27

Mar

Grinning screws bring glee to humdrum home improvement projectsAlthough they won’t be replacing unexpressive flathead screws any time soon, these jolly screws from Japan just might get you to crack a smile during your next household project.

Grinning screws bring glee to humdrum home improvement projects
Although they won’t be replacing unexpressive flathead screws any time soon, these jolly screws from Japan just might get you to crack a smile during your next household project.

25

Feb

What’s the cancer risk for those still living near Fukushima?While only looking at traces of cesium, researchers say that the amount of radiation exposure matches what Japanese are exposed to from natural sources.

What’s the cancer risk for those still living near Fukushima?
While only looking at traces of cesium, researchers say that the amount of radiation exposure matches what Japanese are exposed to from natural sources.

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Jan

26

Jan

'Rabbit Island' attracts pet-loving tourists despite its dark pastAlthough it once housed poison gas factories, Japan’s small island of Okunoshima is now home to hundreds of friendly bunnies.

'Rabbit Island' attracts pet-loving tourists despite its dark past
Although it once housed poison gas factories, Japan’s small island of Okunoshima is now home to hundreds of friendly bunnies.

06

Jan

Japan’s owl cafes: Harmful or a hoot?
The popular cafes let patrons enjoy their drinks as they pet or admire the owls, but animal advocates say the businesses are cruel and unnatural environments for the birds.

26

Dec

Amazing underwater ‘crop circles’ spun by Japanese puffer fishThe intricate patterns are beautiful, but these gorgeous surprises also serve a purpose.

Amazing underwater ‘crop circles’ spun by Japanese puffer fish
The intricate patterns are beautiful, but these gorgeous surprises also serve a purpose.

16

Dec

'Cat Island' is a feline's purrfect paradise
While many cities are working to curb feral cat populations through spay-and-neuter programs, there’s one place where cat numbers continue to grow and the locals encourage it.
 
Tashiro-jima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, that’s home to more cats than people. Better known as “Cat Island,” it has about 100 permanent residents — most of whom are over 65 years of age — and hundreds and hundreds of cats.

See more adorable photos from Cat Island.

05

Dec

Photo of the day: Stunning luminary memorializes Kobe earthquake victimsWhile the intricate display is reminiscent of holiday decorations around the world, the annual event actually commemorates the victims of Kobe’s Great Hanshin Earthquake, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed 6,434 lives on Jan. 17, 1995.

Photo of the day: Stunning luminary memorializes Kobe earthquake victims
While the intricate display is reminiscent of holiday decorations around the world, the annual event actually commemorates the victims of Kobe’s Great Hanshin Earthquake, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed 6,434 lives on Jan. 17, 1995.

04

Dec

Tokyo’s solution to overcrowded bike racks? Underground parking decks

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21

Nov

Volcano births new island in JapanOceanic volcanic eruptions can leave lasting landmarks or vanish beneath pounding waves without fresh lava.

Volcano births new island in Japan
Oceanic volcanic eruptions can leave lasting landmarks or vanish beneath pounding waves without fresh lava.