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'Sakura From Space' Blooms Early
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, interesting, sakura, cherry trees, cherry blossoms, Orbit, Japan, space, ISS )

Naoko
- 3 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with an unusual number of flowers.
We Need to Talk About How Amazing This Hedgehog Is
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, hedgehog, cute, twitter, Facebook, video )

Marie
- 7 days ago - metro.co.uk
The little hedgehog, who hails from Japan, has already gathered 41,000 followers on Twitter, and can also be found on tumblr in his very own Hedgehog Calendar.
Video: Baby Panda Doesn't Want to Go to Bed But Mum's Having None of It
Offbeat  (tags: Panda, panda cub, bed, video, offbeat, Japan )

Marie
- 40 days ago - metro.co.uk
If you've ever struggled to persuade your child to go to bed, you're not alone. It seems even panda parents have trouble.
Longevity Advice From World's Oldest Woman: 'Eat a Good Meal and Relax'
Offbeat  (tags: Body-Mind-Spirit, health, food, relax, longevity, woman, Japan )

Naoko
- 41 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
She's 116, is the world's oldest woman, and she's CUTE!
Mother's Love Helped Actress Overcome War, Poverty and Bullying to Find Fame in Japan
Offbeat  (tags: violence, war, Iran, orphaned, Sahel Rose, Japan, love )

Naoko
- 51 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Orphaned at the age of 4, Sahel Rosa celebrates her birthday every Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, although she will never know for sure on what date she came into this world.
Update on Angel InTaiji Whale Museum
Offbeat  (tags: Angel, taiji whale museum, cruelty, update, Japan, sadness )

Marie
- 53 days ago - dolphinproject.org
On Feb. 17th, I managed to get into the Taiji Whale Museum; it was no problems at all. Angel has been moved into an indoor tank, which will help with her sunburn problem.
Woman Chased By Hundreds of Rabbits
Offbeat  (tags: rabbits, hundreds, woman, chased, park, Japan )

Giana
- 55 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
Amateur video shows a woman running and laughing as she is chased by hundreds of rabbits in a park.
Video: Stampeding Rabbits Chase After Woman
Offbeat  (tags: Stampeding rabbits, video, Japan, offbeat )

Marie
- 56 days ago - metro.co.uk
'Run away, run away,' the knights in Monty Python's Holy Grail would have screamed.
Taste for Parakeets Growing
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, odd, funny, food, parakeet, Japan, ice cream, popular )

Naoko
- 59 days ago - the-japan-news.com
"It's vanilla ice cream mixed with bird seeds and fruits. The smell of the bird feed is similar to the smell of parakeets when you put your face close to it," a cafe employee said.
Sea Shepherd Shuts Down Japanese Whaling - Way Hey!!
Offbeat  (tags: Sea Shepherd, whaling, Japan, good news, offbeat )

Marie
- 74 days ago - 3news.co.nz
Militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd says it has shut down Japanese whaling activity in the Southern Ocean for the past week.
Japan's Owl Cafes: Harmful or a Hoot?
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, owl cafes, cruel, unnatural, business, offbeat )

Marie
- 98 days ago - mnn.com
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.
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko Arrive in India for Official State Visit
Offbeat  (tags: India, Japan, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, diplomatic ties, friendship )

Naoko
- 134 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for a weeklong state visit to commemorate last year's 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.
Concerns for Elderly as Apartments Face Demolition for Olympics
Offbeat  (tags: society, Japan, olympics, Tokyo, elderly, concern, demolition )

Naoko
- 160 days ago - mainichi.jp
For residents in an apartment complex near the National Stadium where 60 percent of the occupants are 65 or over, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bring unwelcome news: their homes are set to be demolished by 2018 at the latest.
Autumn in Kyoto! VIDEO!
Offbeat  (tags: environment, protection, fall, Japan )

Cher
- 182 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
Enjoy the fall colors in Kyoto, Japan
Strays Become Woman's Calling
Offbeat  (tags: rescued, protection, animalwelfare, Japan, Heart Tokushima, Tohoku disaster )

Naoko
- 184 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Since its official founding in 2006, Heart Tokushima now houses more than 260 animals, bringing in local volunteers and volunteers from abroad.
 

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