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Starbucks Comes to Tottori; Poster Compares It to Perry Arriving in Japan
Offbeat  (tags: Starbucks, coffee, Japan, Tottori, Snaba Coffee, off-beat, culture )

- 5 days ago -
There's still at least one place that's Starbucks-free, though, and that's Tottori, the last prefecture in Japan without a branch of its own.
Japanese Technology Revives Production of Delicious Palestinian Watermelons
Offbeat  (tags: government, goodnews, middle-east, palestine, Japan, watermelons, sweet, cooperation )

- 6 days ago -
Palestinian National Authority Minister for Agriculture Shawqi Al-Aissa, right, and Japan's special representative for Palestinian affairs Takeshi Okubo, left, try fresh watermelon in the West Bank village of Ein al-Beida, on May 18, 2015.
New Volcanic Isle Nishinoshima a Blank-Canvas 'Natural Lab' for Life
Offbeat  (tags: wildlife, science, environment, Japan, volcano, island, life )

- 8 days ago -
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonize barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.
Stray Dog Turns Hero as He Helps Japanese Rescue Teams Look for Survivors of Nepalese Quake
Offbeat  (tags: Yumenosuke, Japan, hero, Nepal, earthquake )

- 25 days ago -
Yumenosuke, a four-year-old former stray from Hiroshima, has been in Nepal since Sunday with a Japanese emergency aid team, helping sniff out earthquake survivors.
Japanese University Turns a Blind Eye to the Plight of Campus Cats
Offbeat  (tags: cats, colony, Japan )

- 30 days ago -
After nearly 25 years working to help control the cat colony on his campus in regional Japan, Charles Januzzi is running into stiff opposition from university administration.
Japan Asks France to Hand Over Sea Shepherd Founder
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, France, sea shepherd, paul Watson, founder, whaling )

- 36 days ago -
Japan has asked the French government to hand over Paul Watson, founder of the radical anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, government sources said Monday.
Celebrating Spring - Cherry Blossom Pictures From Around the World
Offbeat  (tags: culture, environment, humans, interesting, Japan, photos, pictures, society, spring, women, world )

- 42 days ago -
Cherry blossom season is one of the world's favorite signs of spring. Here is a look at cherry trees blooming around the globe this year.
Dolphins Stranded on Japan Beach
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Stranded, Japan )

- 44 days ago -
Nearly 150 melon-headed whales, a species of dolphin, have become stranded on a beach in Japan.
Canine Shopkeeper in Japan Becomes International Sensation - Video
Offbeat  (tags: shopkeeper, japan )

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- 46 days ago -
Tourists from around the world flock to a small cigarette shop in Tokyo to meet the canine helper who greets customers.
Cats Rule Japan's Aoshima Island, Also Known as "Cat Island"
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Japan, island )

- 59 days ago -
Do the math: There are 120 cats and 20 people on this tiny island off the southern coast of Japan.
Calligrapher With Down Syndrome Takes Message of Hope to U.N.
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, calligraphy, Japan, Down Syndrome, UN )

- 66 days ago -
Shoko Kanazawa, an acclaimed calligrapher and disability rights advocate, on Friday conveyed an inspirational message of hope through her accomplishments at a day-long event commemorating World Down Syndrome day at the United Nations.
Iwo Jima 70 Years on: US Veterans Return to Battle Island
Offbeat  (tags: Iwo Jima, WW2, Japan, USA )

- 66 days ago -
On 19 February 1945 the US launched a land invasion of the heavily defended Japanese island of Iwo Jima. It was the start of one of the bloodiest battles of the World War Two.
Deadly Sarin Attack on Tokyo Subway System Recalled 20 Years on
Offbeat  (tags: death, violence, terrorism, religion, Japan, Aum Shinrikyo, sarin attack, 20 years, cult )

- 67 days ago -
Japan on Friday commemorated the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum ShinrikyoâEUR(TM)s sarin attack on the Tokyo subway system, which killed 13 people and left more than 6,000 sick or injured.
Hello, Kitty: Japan's Obsession With Cats Hits New York
Offbeat  (tags: animals, cats, Japan, pets )

- 77 days ago -
Centuries before Maru the YouTube star, cats were revered in Japan despite the fact they are not native to the country.
Frogalicious! Japanese Cafe Serves a Whole Frog Burger
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, off-beat, japan, frog, burger )

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- 79 days ago -
A whole frog, minus the flies and croak, will soon be offered as a burger by a cafe in the Japanese city of Yokohama. The deep fried frog will be served in a black bun, colored with bamboo charcoal, and topped with lettuce.

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