Aogashima Japan

You won’t believe this Japanese town built INSIDE a volcano!

For the residents of Aogashima, an island about 200 miles due south of Tokyo, 1785 was an unforgettable year. Giant plumes of gas and smoke billowed out from the mouth of the island’s volcano, shooting rocks, mud and other debris into the sky. Those who live on the island that’s home to a volcano still…

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Things People Don’t Miss About Living In Japan

I can eat raw eggs, I can bow to invisible people on the telephone, I can do “Japanese” things, but I draw the line at wading through someone else’s pee-pee. Enter Asian Squatty Potties. ‘Gaijin’ means foreigner, and bridge troll is what many western women turn into the minute they land in Japan. Enter Gaijin…

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Japan’s first ‘naked restaurant’ to ban overweight diners

Japan’s first ‘naked restaurant’ opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry – podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat. ‘If you are more than 33lb above the average weight for your height, we ask you refrain from making a reservation,’ a list of rules posted…

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10 Cheapest Places in Kyoto to Live

Kyoto is a familiar name at the business end of lists about the world’s greatest cities to visit, and everyone’s got their favorite temple or shrine. For the locals though, and people thinking of living in Kyoto, which part to live in may not revolve around how many minutes walk they are from Kiyomizu-dera. Japanese…

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TEPCO Lies About Fukushima Meltdown

The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it. TEPCO instead described the reactors’ condition as less serious “Core damage” for two months after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, wrecked the plant, even…