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50-year-old video of Japan’s Battleship Island shows life in the deserted isle’s glory days 【Video】

Japan’s most famous urban ruins weren’t always deserted, as shown in this video from the 1960s when Gunkanjima’s ghost town was still alive and well.

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This is easily the most entertaining Japanese history video we’ve ever seen【Video】

This video might not help you ace a final, but it will definitely help you get motivated to study Japanese history.

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Zero Fighter to fly above Japan once more in demonstration this month

Kyushu event will be iconic aircraft’s first flight in Japan since the end of World War II.

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New York Public Library releases digital images of valuable ukiyo-e and photographs of old Japan

From breastfeeding mothers to merchant towns and an evening party with kimono-clad girls in Kyoto, these newly released artworks and photos of old Japan are simply captivating.

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What a powerpoint presentation by the Tokugawa Shogunate would look like in Edo period Japan

In an era of executions and forced suicides, this is one presentation you wouldn’t want to doze off in.

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Merchant shipping posters invoke romance and wonder of Japan’s Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras

There was a time when sumo wrestlers and kimono-clad ladies made shipping companies look beautiful.

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Interactive online map of Kyoto lets you toggle between modern day and the 9th century

If you’re a history buff, or time traveler, this could come in handy.

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Ancient Japanese literary works are now yours to download at the click of a button

Who doesn’t love getting a free book? Especially when that book is over 300 years old!

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See Kyoto’s Nijo Castle in its original design with this virtual tour built in Minecraft!

Nijo Castle is one of Japan’s hottest tourist destinations…but for a truly unique historical tour, you need this Minecraft recreation based on the original design!

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We visit the awesome new Samurai Museum in Shinjuku【Photos】

Experience the samurai spirit first-hand with original swords and armour at the recently opened Samurai Museum.

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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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Old-school Japanese sex guide covers holding hands, doing the deed, and “the shadow nucleus”

Old-school love-making manual helped couples go from touching fingertips to touching naughty parts, and also reminded guys about the importance of finding a lady’s “shadow nucleus.”

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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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The life of Satoru Iwata, late Nintendo CEO, remembered in documentary

Thousands paid their respect when Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata passed away in July, facing the brunt of typhoon at his service in Kyoto or leaving notes and letters at The Nintendo World Store in New York and the Nintendo headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

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Edo-period ukiyoe woodblock prints of animals and mythical beasts now available for free online

Lovers of art, history and animals are celebrating the release of an exclusive set of ukiyoe woodblock prints from 1857 that are now free to download and share online.

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History’s worst job? Japanese noblewomen used to hire servants to take the blame for their farts

What would be the ultimate luxury in personal service for a highborn aristocrat? Someone to draw your bath? Peel your grapes? Fan you with palm fronds? How about a servant whose job it is to take the blame for your farts.

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Colorized photos of old-timey Philippines bring the past to life

Black and white photos of the Philippines from as far back as the late 1800s look shockingly modern with just a splash of color.

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China’s Dynasty Warriors are here to remind Yokohama commuters how to behave

If you take a seat on the Yokohama subway next month don’t be surprised if a warlord from China’s Three Kingdoms period advises you on proper public transport behavior.

Wei leader Cao Cao showing you how to give up your seat, or legendary warrior Lu Bu advising you not to run onto trains are but two of the nine posters recently previewed online. Let’s take a look at them all!

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37 amazing photographs of the people of old Japan living their daily lives 【Photos】

Earlier this month, we looked at a collection of photos taken by the late Kusakabe Kimbei that showed the cityscapes of Japan as they looked in the late 1800s, right before the country’s rapid modernization. But Kimbei didn’t just photograph Japan, he also photographed the Japanese, so today we’re taking another trip back in time, but with a more personal touch, with dozens of photographs that show what daily life was like for the people of Japan generations ago.

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These gorgeous photos of 19th century Japan might as well be a time machine 【Photos】

Take a trip back to 1800s Japan with this collection of breathtaking photographs.

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