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Sokushinbutsu: how the Japanese mummified themselves

In Japan, Sokushinbutsu refers to Buddhist monks who practice austerity until the point of death and then undergo mummification.

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Where does the tradition of kneeling come from?

Kneeling is a primitive action used to demonstrate reverence by making the kneeling person seem smaller than the other.

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The Hachishakusama: A scary tale of eight feet tall woman

Hashishakusama is a Japanese urban legend about a tall woman who steals children. She is eight feet tall, wears a…

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Tips

Tetraphobia: why people in East Asia are afraid of the number 4

Tetraphobia is an irrational fear of the number four and it's common in a lot of east Asian countries like…

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History

Why do Chinese and Koreans dislike Japanese whom rest of the world admires?

There are enough examples in the world of neighboring peoples treating each other with contempt. In the East, to this…

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Global

Inside North Korea: Japan imposes further sanctions on North Korea

After North Korea's latest missile test, Japan imposes additional sanctions on the country. The government announced this on Friday.

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History

How the weather has changed world history

Whether it's forced migration or the outcome of a war, weather has had a role in significant events throughout human…

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History

8 bad events that led to positive consequences

Although bad events are seen as completely negative, they are sometimes followed by positive improvements that partially compensate for the…

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History

What is the Bushido code, why did the samurai code of honor play such an important role?

The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to samurai is a master who skillfully wields a sword,…

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History

6 most beautiful women in history you’ll never see

Sometimes, just the presence of beauty is enough to ensure a place in history for all time.

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History

The three wise monkeys

Why have three Japanese monkeys – Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru – become a wisdom symbol? Because they illustrate: see no evil,…

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History

Why lotus so important for Buddhists, and what symbols are hidden in this flower

In the mind of Chinese Buddhists, the lotus is one of the eight treasures. It has a very wide range…

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