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The New Japanese Island Keeps Growing

Por kirai el 28 de July de 2014 en Various

Eight months ago a new island emerged from the sea to the south of Japan near Ogasawara. It started as a small eruption but it seems that it hasn’t stopped and it is still growing. It already has a surface of 1.3 square kilometers and scientists say that it is large enough to consider that […]

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Summer Hail

Por kirai el 17 de July de 2014 en Various

It’s 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and near 90% humidity in Tokyo, it’s very hot! To cool off every Summer we have the “luck” to receive something known as “guerrilla rainstorms” ゲリラ豪雨, which are localized heavy rainstorms that come and go very quickly. The novelty this year is that we are having “guerrilla hailstorms”. These […]

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Giant Salamander Spotted In Kyoto

Por kirai el 11 de July de 2014 en Various

Japanese giant salamanders (Ōsanshōuo) are the second largest species of salamander around the world (after the Chinese ones). They are as large as 1.5 meters (5 feet) long. Last week one of them was spotted near the shore of Kamogawa river in Kyoto. These type of salamanders are not dangerous at all but police decided […]

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Unzen Volcano Eruption in 1991

Por kirai el 08 de June de 2014 en Various

Wandering around Wikipedia I ended up reading an article about Katia and Marice Krafft, a couple of French volcanologists that after several decades filming volcano eruptions around the world, they eventually died in the eruption of Mount Unzen (Nagasaki) in 1991. Unzen is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan. Legend has it that […]

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Japan’s Rainy Season – Tsuyu 梅雨

Por kirai el 04 de June de 2014 en Various

Tomorrow the rainy season officially starts in Tokyo (Kanto). This is how the weather prediction looks as of now for this week, rainy or cloudy everyday!: Tsuyu (梅雨) means “rainy season” in Japanese. The word tsuyu is composed by the characters 梅 (plum) and 雨 (rain). A literal translation by looking at the characters would […]

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Surgical Masks Vending Machine

Por kirai el 28 de May de 2014 en Various

One of the things that people frequently ask me about when they arrive to Japan for the first time is the surgical masks that many Japanese people wear. One of the reasons why so many people wear this kind of masks on the streets is the kafunsho (pollen allergy), but people also use them when […]

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Drawing a Maze During 7 Years

Por kirai el 01 de March de 2014 en Various

The janitor of a Japanese university drew a maze with millimetric precision during seven years. His son published photos of the work of art on Twitter and they went viral. People liked it so much that his son put copies of his father’s maze on sale. More about mazes: Salt labyrinths by Motoi Yamamoto. Source: […]

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Snow Creativity

Por kirai el 17 de February de 2014 en Various

They say that the snow storms in Tokyo this year are the worst of the last decades. Not only the Kanto region, but almost all the country is covered by a white mantle of snow. It’s time to build snowmen!! But Japanese people are characterized by their creativity, and they just don’t build regular snowmen. […]

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