Hiroshima

Thanks to these baseball-loving ladies,  even people who don’t care about sports are cheering for their team.

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Hiroshima residents find unexploded WWII bomb while cleaning out closet

Over half a century later, remnants of war can still be found.

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Nunchaku-enthusiast rights victory as 48-year-old chiropractor acquitted of possession charges

Now everyone in Japan is free to exercise their inalienable right to hit themselves in the head – openly and without fear of prosecution.

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“Crazy” new mascot for Kure City is an impressively good dancer with a slick TRF cover【Video】

Mr. Kure may not know karate, but he knows ku-re-shi!

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Christmas light display planned near Hiroshima A-bomb Dome faces backlash

Criticisms have emerged over Hiroshima City’s plans to illuminate Hiroshima Peace Park for Christmas.

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New Japanese Kit Kat captures the taste of Hiroshima with Momiji Manju flavour

Japan’s latest Kit Kat release tastes like maple leaf-shaped red bean cakes!

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This just might be the greatest UFO catcher game ever【Video】

Amazingly generous arcade makes the diabolically difficult game super easy in celebration of something that had the entire town feeling good.

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Japan’s Cat Street View is back with another virtual meet-and-greet with beautiful town’s kitties

Part navigation tool, part feline photo safari, and entirely adorable.

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Hiroshima requests removal of Pokémon GO facilities from Peace Memorial Park

Gyms and PokéStops found near sites including monument to children who died in the atomic blast and from related sickness.

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Japanese family lives and works in a milk carton house in Hiroshima

Forget the little old lady who lived in a shoe; there’s a Japanese family who lives in a milk carton.

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The Obama Bowl — Hiroshima restaurant’s newest dish salutes visit by U.S. president 【Taste test】

Thanks, Obama (for lunch)!

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Hang a Japanese city on your wall with these amazingly detailed 3-D printed maps

These beautiful scaled dioramas let you walk the streets of Tokyo or Hiroshima again and again.

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Neat footage surfaces of life in small Hiroshima town circa the 1930s【Video】

The family of a Baptist missionary stationed in Japan in the 1930s sent DVDs of the Reverend’s home movies of the era to the Hiroshima town of Onomichi.

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Chilling footage shows Hiroshima eight months after the atomic bombing【Video】

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this color footage of the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima should speak entire volumes.

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Want your own private island? We visited one for sale off the coast of Japan【Pics & Video】

Who wouldn’t want to have their own private island? Imagine being able to get away from the world whenever you liked, free yourself from the stress of the daily grind and just relax under the sun or the nighttime stars on the beach.

Well the best place to start looking for such a private island is Japan. There are lots of small uninhabited islands owned by real estate companies that you can buy one almost as easily as you’d buy a house.

We recently visited one such island for sale to see what it was like and decide whether we should start saving up our pennies to buy one ourselves—after all, Rocket Island has quite a nice ring to it. Read on to see what our trip there was like, and to see some of the surprises that we ran into.

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Five nature hikes and trail runs just off Japan’s bullet train

Japan’s major cities offer just about everything, but did you know that includes great nature trails? From forests and waterfalls to ancient temples and shrines, many of Japan’s best hiking trails are literally just a step off the bullet train. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you’ll find it even harder to resist these hikes near Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. Got a day–or even a half-day–to spare? You can still get your hike in!

These hiking routes make it convenient to explore Japan’s natural surroundings. No long drives to get out to the countryside, no great changes in altitude, and there’s always a good view waiting at the top. The trails are sign-posted, well-maintained, and many pass through historic districts and are tailored for sight-seeing by foot. You’ll find eating establishments, public toilets, lockers and even hot springs along the way on some of them. In short, Japan is a day-hikers dream! And if you like to run, these hiking courses make great running trails too.

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Japanese town’s Cat Street View lets you virtually tour its backstreets, meet feline residents

It’s an amazing age we live in, where you can fire up Google Street View and virtually walk the boulevards of many of the world’s cities. But it turns out Google Street View has a bit of a rival in Japan. Granted, its scope is far smaller than Google’s, given that it only covers part of one town, but it shows up the Internet giant by letting you wander its walkways from the perspective of an alley cat, and even provides profiles of all the neighborhood kitties you’ll meet along the way!

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Declassified photos show the US’s final preparations for the only nuclear weapons attacks in history

On August 6th and 9th of 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing significant death and destruction in both places. To this day, the bombings remain history’s only acts of nuclear warfare.

A lot has been established about the immediate preparations for the dropping of the bombs, known as “Little Boy” and “Fat Man,” which were loaded onto airplanes on the North Field airbase on Tinian Island, part of the Northern Mariana Islands to the south of Japan.

Until recently few photographs were available of the final hours before the bombings. But newly declassified pictures shed additional light on the procedures leading up to the nuclear attacks, giving a chilling glimpse into how and where the most destructive bombs ever used in warfare were loaded.

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70 years ago today: The moment the US deployed the most powerful weapon known to man

Released from B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m. (Japanese time), the world entered the unprecedented atomic age with the deployment of the most powerful weapon known to man.

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Panda-cosplaying beetle is possibly the cutest bug we’ve ever seen

Late last month, Hiroshima City’s Asa Zoological Park shared a tweet displaying a picture of a beetle that has a unique black-and-white design on its back. Japanese net users have been getting a kick out of the little guy, who, according to some of them, has been described as being decorated like a panda!

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