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The Best Ramen in Tokyo

Suzuran<p>1-7-12 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku<p><b>Order:</b> Kakuni Tanmen<p>If there’s a New York-born Jewish guy who knows his Tokyo ramen, it’s Ivan Orkin. He lived in the …

Japan

10 historic castles of Japan

Japanese castles were fortresses constructed primarily of wood and stone. They evolved from the wooden stockades of earlier centuries and came into …

Japan

She left Colombia during the drug wars. Now she runs a major fashion magazine

The fashion world's Nina Garcia is proud of her Colombian roots. But she admits she had to leave her home country in order to achieve the life she has today.<p>"Had I stayed in South America, I think I would have encountered a lot of problems," said the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine and longtime …

Boston University

Why Japan Loves Twitter More Than Facebook

An iconic little blue bird seems to have lost its way. Twitter’s user base is stagnating in the U.S., despite the endorsement of a certain prominent …

Japan

How Trump’s Election Shook Obama: ‘What if We Were Wrong?’

WASHINGTON — Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.<p>“What if we were wrong?” he asked aides riding with him in the armored presidential limousine.<p>He had read a column asserting that liberals …

National Security

All the puzzling things that happen to your body when you masturbate, explained by science

<b>This post is part of Mashable's</b> <b>Masturbation Week</b><b>. May is National Masturbation Month, so we're celebrating by exploring the many facets of …

Sexual Health

Kidnapped as Schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here They Are Now

The New York Times met and photographed dozens of the students abducted by Boko Haram. Now at a university, they say they are the lucky ones. But their celebrity has a price.

Africa

The Real Cost of Cheap Shirts

Mosammot Bulbuli is among the millions of people who work in Bangladesh’s factories that supply clothing to the rest of the world.<p>She is also one of the thousands who were working in Rana Plaza in Savar five years ago when it collapsed. More than 1,100 people lost their lives; more than 2,000 were …

Mosquitoes

A Week In Mountain View, CA, On A $122,000 Salary

<i>Welcome to</i> Money Diaries<i>, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they</i> …

Personal Finance

A Japanese mobile game about a traveling frog is teaching its fans a philosophical lesson about letting go

The hit Japanese mobile game <i>Travel Frog</i> has conquered mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, touching a chord with many people for whom the idea of “winning” in life seems an impossibility.<p><i>Travel Frog</i>, or <i>Tabi Kaeru</i>, has been topping Apple’s App Store across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan since …

Men put her on the ballot as a sexist practical joke; then she won

Meet Susanna Salter, America’s first woman mayor<p><b>By Erin Blakemore</b><p>Susanna “Dora” Salter was doing her laundry when she got the news: She had just been …

2018 January 19 - Clouds in the LMC

<b>Clouds in the LMC</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Josep Drudis, Don Goldman<p><b>Explanation:</b> An alluring sight in southern skies, the Large Magellanic Cloud …

This World Heritage Site in Japan Is One of the Snowiest Places on the Planet

The “bomb cyclone” dumped more than a foot of snow on most of New England last week. But this storm paled in comparison to what happens every year in …

Breathtaking photos of one of Japan’s most beautiful hot springs have us ready to brave the snow

<b>Ethereally romantic</b> images remind us why <b>a wintertime visit to a snow-covered onsen resort is extra special</b>.Many <b>onsen</b> aficionados will tell you that …

Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Dec 11, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018

Post Date: January 03, 2018‘Oumuamua ‘Oummuamua was discovered in October 2017 and is the first known interstellar small body, possibly an asteroid …

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn't it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.<p>There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my breath in winter, why does being …

Deliverance From 27,000 Feet

Two mountain climbers died near the top of Mount Everest in 2016. Their bodies lay frozen there for a year. Then a journey began to bring them home.

Mount Everest

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation<p>“You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could …

Lyndon Johnson

Video of Starving Polar Bear ‘Rips Your Heart Out of Your Chest’

As his boat came around a corner last August, Paul Nicklen spotted what at first looked like a white blanket draped over a rock. And although he kept his distance, it soon became clear the blanket was not actually a blanket at all; it was a polar bear — one Mr. Nicklen thought was surely dead.<p>The …

Photos: Two ancient Egyptian tombs were just opened in Luxor

Egypt is hoping to give tourists a new reason to come visit.<p>For the first time, the country has opened up two small tombs, believed to be about 3,500 years old, in the Nile city of Luxor. Archaeologists displayed artifacts from one of the tombs, including a mummy who was most likely an ancient …

用 Excel 繪畫風景畫 77歲老伯:比繪圖軟件更好用

<b>讚好此文:</b><p>十二月 6, 2017 •生活科技, 科技趣聞 •<p>Microsoft Excel 試算表一般用來處理統計數據,製作圖表,高階用戶用來編寫 VB 程式,不過「神人」就會喜歡用它來繪畫。一位在日本的 77 歲老翁,購入電腦後試過不同繪圖軟件,但最後發現原來最好用的竟然是 Excel!就這樣他就 …

10 Strange Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Earth

The planet we all call home is even more bizarre than you might imagine.<p><b>ONE STRANGE ROCK</b> <i>, a global event series, premiers March 26 at 10/9C on National Geographic.</i><p>There’s no doubt that planet Earth is awe-inspiring. That’s even more true for the handful of humans who’ve seen it from space with …

A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death

TOKIWADAIRA, Japan — Cicadas, every Japanese schoolchild knows, lie underground for years before rising to the earth’s surface in summer. They climb up the nearest tree, where they cast off their shells and start their short second lives. During their few days among us, they mate, fly and cry. They …

11 Neighborhoods To Check Out In Tokyo, For The First-Time Traveler

Tokyo is an intoxicating blend of tradition and progressiveness, modesty and fetishism, stoicism and animation. Youth dressed in cosplay mix with …

Tennessee father has flowers delivered to daughter on her birthday years after his death

Even in death, Mike Sellers refuses to forget his daughter's birthday.<p>Since Bailey Sellers was 16-years-old, her father, who died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56, has arranged for her to receive flowers each year.<p>"My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed …

Welcome to the World's Oldest Surviving Doll Hospital

Nestled among Lisbon's busy storefronts, Hospital de Bonecas gives dolls of all kinds a new lease on life.<p>"Every day people ask if we keep [the] Bride of Chucky," says Manuela Cutileiro, a certified “doll surgeon” at Hospital de Bonecas. Established in 1830 in Lisbon’s bustling Praça da Figueira, …

Tokyo railway 'deeply sorry' after train leaves 20 seconds early

A railway operator has issued a sincere apology for the “tremendous nuisance” caused by a train departing 20 seconds early, surprising even a nation …

Your Complete Guide On Things To See And Do In Japan

Japan is one of those countries that always calls to me. I’m not sure if it’s the country’s strong culture, iconic cities or beautiful landscapes – I …