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Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling for First Time in 30 Years
Offbeat  (tags: whaling, Japan, wildlife, protection, environment, animals )

- 16 days ago -
Fishermen set sail to hunt whales on Monday after country's withdrawal from International Whaling Commission
The Cat Who Saved a Japanese Rail Line
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Japan, rail line )

- 34 days ago -
Not only did Tama's sweet nature and photogenic features make her popular with commuters on the Kishigawa railway, but the âEUR~cat masterâEUR(TM) became so famous she was knighted.
Japans Vanishing Ainu Will Finally Be Recognized as Indigenous People
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Ainu, indigenous people, Oki Kano, Hokkaido prefecture, Kuril Islands, Russia, bears, wolves, water, wind, fire )

- 84 days ago -
Early residents of northern Japan in what is now the Hokkaido prefecture and the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin off the east coast of Russia. They revered bears and wolves, and worshiped gods embodied in the natural elements like water, fire and wind.
Japan to Resume Commercial Whaling After Leaving IWC - Report
Offbeat  (tags: whales, Japan, wildlife, suffering, protection )

- 209 days ago -
Japan is to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling next year, a report claimed on Thursday, in a move that drew condemnation from Australia, with other anti-whaling nations expected to follow suit.
Age Is No Obstacle to Japan's Ama Free-Diving Fisherwomen
Offbeat  (tags: health, ama, Japan, age, no limit )

- 227 days ago -
She has been an ama for three decades, and says proudly that she hopes to be diving "for another 20 years."
Have You Seen This? 2 Cats Won't Stop Trying to Sneak Into Museum
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Japan, museum )

- 230 days ago -
The male cats are named Ken-chan (the black cat) and Go-chan (the orange tabby), and Ken-chan tried to sneak into the Onomichi City Museum of Art for at least two years before he brought his friend Go-chan along,
6 Iconic Japanese Anime Every Foreigner Should Watch
Offbeat  (tags: arts, movies, children, anime, japan, draemon, totoro )

- 237 days ago -
For people new to anime or planning to visit Japan, here are six essential Japanese animated films
Japan's Cyber Security Minister Admits Never Having Used Computer
Offbeat  (tags: funny, government, cyber security, minister, japan )

- 244 days ago -
A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive.
Japanese Kabuki Prints - in Pictures
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Kabuki, prints, art, humans, environment )

- 248 days ago -
Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theatre that was hugely popular from the 1600s to the 1800s. Stylised and spectacular, it featured superstar male actors whose wild expressions were often immortalised by artists such as Utagawa Kunisada
Kyotographie in Japan - Photo Essay
Offbeat  (tags: photos, pictures, humans, festival, Japan )

- 249 days ago -
The Kyotographie photography festival, now in its sixth year, uses unique spaces to showcase the work of 15 leading international photographers, including Alberto García-Alix, Gideon Mendel and Masahisa Fukase
82-Year-Old Wins Bald Men's Tug-of-War
Offbeat  (tags: unusual, funny, bald, tug of war, Japan )

- 272 days ago -
A unique national tournament in which bald men pull on a string attached to their foreheads with suction cups was held in Tsuruta, Aomori Prefecture, on Saturday.
Guinness World Records Celebrates New Achievements in Latest Edition, Including Those of 83-Year-Old Japanese DJ
Offbeat  (tags: japan, woman, 83-year-old, DJ, Guiness World Records )

- 313 days ago -
Sumiko Iwamura, an 83-year-old owner of a Tokyo gyoza restaurant who in the evening turns into DJ Sumirock, was honored in the book as the worldâEUR(TM)s oldest professional club disc jockey.
Secret to Japanese Couple's 80 Years of Marriage: Wife's Patience
Offbeat  (tags: marriage, Guinness world record, long life, Japan )

- 315 days ago -
Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old wife, Miyako, have been confirmed as the oldest living spouses by aggregate age by Guinness World Records, having been married since October 1937.
Handmade Bra Growing Popular With Rain-Displaced Evacuees in Western Japan
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, bra, Japan, disaster, evacuation, handmade )

- 326 days ago -
An easy-fitting bra made from a long strip of cloth that doesn't look like a bra when hung out to dry has become popular with rain disaster evacuees stuck in shelters in western Japan since last month.

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