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10 Reasons Hokkaido Should Be the Next Place You Go

The exquisite and under-the-radar Japanese island offers incredible food, serene hiking trails, and first-rate skiing.<p>Kyoto has temples, Okinawa has …


A new residential complex in Japan is built into the side of a mountain

We’ve seen homes and villas built into mountainsides. But a recently completed project in Japan puts an entire seven-unit residential complex into one.<p>Located in the Kagawa prefecture’s capital Takamatsu, the Miyawaki Gurindo complex is built into the foot of Mineyama mountain. Since about 75% of …


Speak Japanese? Speak Korean, too!

In the first few months of being in Japan, my husband was hard at work, learning Japanese. I, on the other hand, could not discipline myself to do …

Japan is at risk of fading from existence

It's a small community of some 35 people, most in their 60s or older. The place is so sparsely populated that the locals consider their 150-plus dead a part of their community.<p>OK, so they aren't literal dead bodies. Instead, the locals erected scarecrow-like figures in their likeness. Scarecrows …


Land of the rising bunny: Rabbits take over Japanese island, in pictures - Telegraph

Los Angeles Lakers Playing with Fire Having Kobe Bryant at Small Forward

Kobe Bryant and shooting guard have been synonymous for so many years.<p>The future Hall of Famer took over as the Los Angeles Lakers' starting 2-guard at the beginning of the 1998-99 campaign, and he was so successful in his role that Eddie Jones almost immediately became expendable. Despite the fact …