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Karma Kitchen - Growing in Generosity (See If There's One Near You!)
Offbeat  (tags: India, Seva CafĂ©, Karma Kitchen, generosity, pay it forward, Good News, spreading, US, Europe, Japan, Asia, volunteers, food, humanity, interesting )

Evelyn
- 30 days ago - karmakitchen.org
Based on Seva Café: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you." That's Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.
Torajiro the Cat From Japan Gets Funnier in Translation
Offbeat  (tags: social cat of the week, japan, awesome-pawsome kitty pics )

Barb
- 84 days ago - catster.com
For example, what is his "extended rainbow collar foot?" A scarf, of course. What else could it be?
Surreal Photos Of Fireflies From JapanâEUR(TM)s 2016 Summer
Offbeat  (tags: japan, fireflies, the land of the rising sun, environment, interesting, photos, unusual )

Lone
- 314 days ago - boredpanda.com
We often give you great reasons to visit Japan. The scenery. The lights. The weirdness. But for those of you who still arenâEUR(TM)t convinced, hereâEUR(TM)s yet another brilliant excuse to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Fireflies!
Hokkaido Boy Left in Mountain By Parents Found Alive After 6 Days
Offbeat  (tags: safe, Japan, missing boy, found )

Naoko
- 354 days ago - asahi.com
A missing boy was found alive in northern Japan on June 3, six days after his parents left him alone in a mountain as punishment for his misbehavior, police said.
Elephant That Sparked Petition Dies in in Japan Zoo
Offbeat  (tags: Petition, Animal, Zoo, Japan )

Ray
- 361 days ago - bbc.co.uk
An elephant that was the focus of an international campaign to improve its living conditions has died in a zoo in Japan.
Minamata Disease Continues Devastation After 60 Years
Offbeat  (tags: environment, destruction, water, Minamata, Japan, minamata disease, habitatdestruction )

Naoko
- 372 days ago - the-japan-news.com
First diagnosed in people who consumed seafood contaminated by methylmercury discharged from Chisso Corp.'s Minamata plant. The disease damages the central nervous system, causing such symptoms as sensory disturbance and visual field constriction.
Japan Earthquake: Powerful New Tremor in Kumamoto
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Tsunami warning, Japan )

Ray
- 401 days ago - bbc.co.uk
A powerful earthquake has struck near the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto, a day after a tremor there killed at least nine people. The magnitude-7.1 quake at a depth of 10km (6 miles) hit at 01:25 on Saturday (15:25 GMT on Friday).
JR East Begins Sales of 'Ekiben' Boxed Meals at Paris Station
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, France, Paris, ekiben, lunch box, railways )

Naoko
- 447 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
East Japan Railway Co. has opened a pop-up shop for ekiben (train boxed meals) at Paris station Gare de Lyon in an effort to promote Japanese food culture globally from one of the world's gourmet capitals.
Horrified Cabbies Pick Up 'GHOST PASSENGERS' in Area Devastated By 2011 Japan Tsunami
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, ghosts, March 2011 earthquake, ghost passenger, Phantom Fare, Ishinomaki Japan, odd, off-beat )

Cat
- 473 days ago - msn.com
There is still a strong belief in ghosts in Japan. At least seven taxi drivers in Ishinomaki, north-east Japan, have reported experiencing a 'phantom fare' in the wake of the devastating 2011 tsunami and earthquake
The Harsh Reality Facing Japan's Cats, New Kings of the Pet World
Offbeat  (tags: cats, pets, Japan )

Jeri
- 532 days ago - toyokeizai.net
The history of pet ownership in Japan has reached a turning point, as ownership of cats is now poised to overtake that of dogs. Behind this new shift in balance, however, is a somewhat selfish and irresponsible tendency among cat owners.
Japan's Eiheiji Temple: A Night's Stay in the 13th Century
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, lifestyle, buddist temple )

Louise
- 534 days ago - reuters.com
If you want to glimpse life that has not changed much in eight centuries, Eiheiji temple in the mountains just outside Fukui city in central Japan is the place to find it.
Japanese Photographer Captures Cats at Their Most Athletic, Adorable, and Synchronized Moments
Offbeat  (tags: cats, photos, pictures, Japan )

Jeri
- 537 days ago - en.rocketnews24.com
Split-second timing leads to amazing results when photographing the alley cats of Japan.
Trapped in Her Concrete Prison for 66 YEARS: The Heartbreaking Tale of Hanako the Elephant Who Has Spent a Lifetime Alone in a J
Offbeat  (tags: hanako, elephant, japan, lonely, zoo )

Scooby
- 544 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
Devoid of any greenery and confined to a concrete enclosure all alone for 66 years of her life, this is the sad tale of Hanako, the oldest elephant in Japan.
Cruelty of the Tokyo Euthanasia Centre for Stray Dogs Where Animals Suffer for FIFTEEN Minutes Before They Die From Suffocation
Offbeat  (tags: dogs, strays, tokyo, japan, euthanasia, animal cruelty )

Scooby
- 545 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
The streets of Tokyo may be free of prowling dogs since its zero-stray policy came into effect but the laws come at a heavy price as one politician has revealed.
Kyoto Hidden Stories / Christian Missionary Bell Survives at Temple
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, culture, Japan, temple, christianity, bell, Edo Period )

Naoko
- 551 days ago - the-japan-news.com
On the bell are the letters "IHS," initials that stand for "Iesus Hominum Salvator" in Latin, which means "Jesus the Savior of Men," and the design shows the seal of the Society of Jesus.
 

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