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Lucky #18! Japan gets another UNESCO World Heritage site

Lucky #18! Japan gets another UNESCO World Heritage site

Japanese people love visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites. Good thing there are plenty of sites in Japan for people to pilgrimage to–17 before this week started. With the addition of Mt. Fuji in 2013, World Heritage site “completionists” finally had a new location to travel to after two years of waiting.

Well, the list just got a little bit longer, as another site has officially been added to bring Japan’s UNESCO sites to a total of 18. Pack your bags, we’re heading to Gunma!

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Group of Foreigners See Gunma Cycle Sports Center in a Whole New Light

Group of Foreigners See Gunma Cycle Sports Center in a Whole New Light

Some of you may remember our report on Shigenobu Matsuzawa’s visit to Gunma Cycle Sports Center a few months back.  It’s the amusement park where everything has pedals including the roller coaster. While Shigenobu ultimately gave the place four out of five stars in his reviews, the photos he took looked kind of depressing.  However, now a video released on YouTube seems to have captured a totally new angle of Gunma Cycle Sports Center which gives it a much needed image boost.

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“The Life and Sex Museum” Welcomes You, But Remember It’s Not a Sex Museum!

“The Life and Sex Museum” Welcomes You, But Remember It’s Not a Sex Museum!

Sex museums can be found all over the world exhibiting various kinky items.  Japan alone has quite a few.  According to Wikipedia Japan, there are six sex museums or hihokan in Gunma Prefecture.

This is much to the chagrin of the Life and Sex Museum who are listed among them, but don’t consider themselves a sex museum at all.

Thanks to Shigenobu Matsuzawa, the blogger scouring the heartlands of Japan for the oddest attractions like the bicycle theme park, we can take a virtual tour of this tribute to the miracles of life and sex and see what it has to offer.

But remember – It’s not a sex museum!

**That being said, a lot of it is probably not safe for work.**

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Human-Powered Roller Coaster and Other Thrilling Attractions Await at Japan Bicycle Theme Park

Human-Powered Roller Coaster and Other Thrilling Attractions Await at Japan Bicycle Theme Park

The Gunma Cycle Sports Center in Japan may be the most eco-friendly amusement park in the world. As you may be able to guess from the name, every attraction in the park, from the roller coaster to the “steam” locomotive, is human-powered.  

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Traditional craftsmanship meets the modern world

Traditional craftsmanship meets the modern world

Need a little luck? You might be able to get it by using a Darumouse. A Darumouse is a combination of a computer mouse and a traditional Japanese round doll modeled after the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, Bodhidharma. Legend says that Bodhidharma sat on a rock for nine years in a quest to reach enlightenment. Because of sitting in one place for so long, his arms and legs became paralyzed and useless. Thus the doll, or “daruma” has no arms or legs. The daruma is considered to be a symbol of good luck in Japan. Read More

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