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Hand-Colored Photographs from 19th Century Japan: 110 Images Capture the Waning Days of Traditional Japanese Society

What we euphemistically refer to as the “Opening of Japan” catalyzed a period of seismic upheaval for the proud formerly closed country. Between the …

Japan

Movies And Books That Inspired 'A Ghost Story'

It’s hard to talk about “A Ghost Story” with anyone who hasn’t seen it. I knew little about the film when I took my seat at its Sundance premiere in January, and I wish everyone could experience this time-shifting masterstroke without preconceived insight. At the very least, wait to see it before …

Horror
Cooking (Australia)
Gender

The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist

It seemed too good to be true. And it was.<p>Nearly 20 years ago, excavators digging on North Carolina’s remote Hatteras Island uncovered a worn ring …

Archaeology

To-ji

The To-ji Shingon Buddhist temple complex is located in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 796 CE, its five-storey wooden pagoda is the largest in Japan, a …

Japanese family life is falling apart — and the reasons why go back to World War II

Saddled with long work hours and rising expenses, young Japanese couples are opting not to have kids. Even if they have the energy to start a family, many simply don't have the time.<p>As a result, spending shrinks on the small scale and the Japanese economy contracts on the large scale. Japan has …

Japan

In Japan, single mothers struggle with poverty and a ‘culture of shame’

OSAKA, Japan — The country suffered a “lost decade,” and then another one, after its bubble burst some 25 years ago. To this day, despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to reinvigorate it, Japan’s economy remains in the doldrums.<p>Now, experts are warning of a “lost generation” — a whole tier of …

Japan
Street Style

Women pioneered computer programming. Then men took their industry over.

How “computer girls” gave way to tech bros<p>Like many women in the 1930s, Jean Jennings Bartik had studied mathematics. During and after World War II, …

Japanese woman forced into porn says she felt trapped and 'under pressure to say yes'

A woman who was misled into the adult industry after initially being scouted for modelling on the streets of Tokyo has said she felt trapped and had …

Tomorrow Is 50/50 Day, a Call for Gender Equality

A successful man said to a young woman I know, “Men have responsibilities; women have choices.” Yes, this happened in 2017. She was stunned. I …

Feminism

I'm a Man Who Was Sexually Harassed by a Woman

As details have leaked of the ways former Fox News employees Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly allegedly sexually harassed women, I’ve been struck …

Megyn Kelly

25 Historical Pictures Of Women Who Had The Ovaries To Take On Life

Forget having the "balls" to do something. We all know that this is what the expression should *really* be.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

Photographers

18 Japanese Junk Foods The Rest Of The World Urgently Needs

You'll want to try every single one of these.

Ice Cream

Visiting the Hundreds of Curious Felines That Inhabit Japan’s Legendary Cat Island

After visiting the famous Rabbit Island in Japan, the filmmakers of Beat Down Boogie decided that a day at Japan’s famous Cat Island would be the …

10 things girls need in order to grow up strong and independent, according to a parenting expert

In a day and age where women are still forced to stage marches in every major city across the world to campaign for gender equality, how are parents …

Parenting

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

Japan

The Top 20 Best Things About Japan

There are so many reasons to visit Japan. We didn’t know much about the country before visiting for the first time back in March 2017, but after …

Japan
Japan

‘I don’t know who I am without it’: the truth about long-term antidepressant use

Prescriptions have doubled in a decade, but very little is known about the effect of taking SSRIs for years and years. Is it a lifesaver or a happiness trap?<p>Tell us about your experiences<p>Sarah never planned to take antidepressants for 14 years. Three years after she began taking them, when she was …

Depression

Meet the Teenagers Who Went Undercover to Bust a Sex-Trafficking Ring in India

Not your usual extracurricular activity.<p>Indian classmates Tejasweeta Pradhan, 18, and Shivani Gond, 17, recently completed an assignment that was definitely not part of their high school curriculum: They acted as decoys to help police and local activists smash an international sex-trafficking ring …

India

Most Tokyo high schools demand students prove their real hair color, study finds

According to a new survey published by Tokyo news outlet The Asahi Shimbun, 57% of public high schools in the city require students to prove that their hair color is natural.<p>The measure is designed to uphold strict Japanese standards regarding physical appearance: In addition to prohibiting …

Hair Color
Japan

Girls have had it tough in China for nearly 3,000 years

­As women across the world fight for recognition of their rights and equal representation, a recent archaeological discovery in the north of China shows why undoing discrimination is such an uphill struggle: Sexism is ancient.<p>A team of paleontologists led by Ekaterina Pechenkina, professor of …

Anthropology

The women banished to a hut during their periods

<b>An ancient Hindu tradition meaning menstruating women are banished to an outhouse is still alive in western Nepal. Meet those who have to sleep outside every month, and the women fighting to end the practice.</b>

Nepal

How To Treat Depression: Sadness, Anxiety, Helplessness Lowered With Dairy Diet Of Yogurt, Milk

Low-fat foods were all the rage in the 90s, but in recent years, many nutritional experts have touted the benefits of full-fat products. A new piece …

Bill O’Reilly Ratings Soar After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Dozens of advertisers have been fleeing <i>The O’Reilly Factor</i> over the last few days, but based on recent ratings, it seems that <b>Bill O’Reilly</b>‘s viewers …

New York Times

Sixth Formers Go To The United Nations To Discuss Gender Stereotyping - Meet The Next Generation Of Feminists

Gender stereotyping continues to be strongly evident in all aspects of girls' lives, with societal views and lack of awareness conditioning young …

Feminism

John Oliver Buys Ad Space on The O'Reilly Factor to Teach Donald Trump About Sexual Harassment

John Oliver has a message for President Donald Trump — and he knows exactly where the business mogul will see it.<p>After the <i>Last Week Tonight</i> host …