history

What do Chicago hot dogs, a Japanese admiral, and a gold tooth have in common?

This is guaranteed to be the extra-credit question on your next history exam!

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Amazing exhibition of Japan’s legendary “cursed katana” is going on right now【Photos】

Don’t forget to purify your soul before heading to this museum’s display of samurai swords that were designed to do just one thing: kill.

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Modern Primitives: New exhibit wonders what Jomon-period tattoos might have looked like【Photos】

The Jomon Tribe project delves into Japan’s prehistoric mystery with a stunning new photographic exhibition.

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Traditional guesthouse in Kyoto is like a beautiful samurai residence

Japanese visitors are falling in love with the gorgeous gardens and traditional rooms at this atmospheric inn.

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Tour Japan’s former capital dressed as a samurai or noble lady on awesome day trip from Tokyo

History buffs and cosplay fans won’t just look like samurai, but eat like them too on their visit to Kamakura.

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Tokyo photo studio turns you into street samurai with armor photo shoot in the heart of downtown

Shibuya photography session will give you a literal snapshot of two of the coolest aspects of Japan.

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Tokyo’s new samurai photo studio sends you to Japan’s feudal era with awesome digital backdrops

And poses from Kill Bill’s fight choreographer ensure you’ll look fearsome when you get there.

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Japanese artist creates eerie 3-D magnet head of Yukichi Fukuzawa, the man on the 10,000 yen bill

It’s hard to touch money when the person on the note is popping its head out, glaring at you from the bill.

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Japan Archives offers a (free) trip back through Japanese history via visual media

A new website looks back on 150 years of modern Japanese history in visual format.

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Studio Ghibli releases second short adaptation of Japan’s oldest manga【Video】

800 years after its creation, the Scrolls of Frolicking Animals are still inspiring new content, thanks to the anime studio Hayao Miyazaki built.

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What is Teru Teru Bozu? The tragic history behind the Japanese fine weather doll

While many believe the tradition of making the ghost-like doll can be traced back to a bald-headed monk, history suggests it actually began with a small girl.

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Katana coasters! Samurai sword tableware brings bushido to your home

Just like their inspirations protected swordsmen’s hands, these coasters will guard your kitchen table’s varnish.

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Upgrade your hairpin arsenal with Japanese kanzashi shaped like samurai swords and rifles

Fashion accessories will have you ready to turn heads, defeat foes.

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AI learns how to colorize photos, makes old Japan pictures look like they were taken today【Pics】

And the process it uses to color them isn’t what you might expect.

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Stunning 4K videos of Dazaifu shrine will make you want a nicer screen and a ticket to Fukuoka

Unlike yours truly, Japan looks even better in super high def.

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This map predicted how Japan would attack the US during World War II

On November 7, 1937, the Los Angeles Examiner published a prescient map predicting how Imperial Japan could attack the US during World War II.

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Go back in time and hang with geisha and samurai in virtual reality Edo-period Tokyo 【Video】

Just be sure you’re wearing proper 19th-century attire – you don’t want to get any funny looks.

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Ancient Japanese earthenware plate with pawprint proves cats have always done their own thing

Centuries-old earthenware plate gets a special assist from a kitty in becoming an ultra-rare, ultra-cute antique.

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Famous Japanese painter’s centuries-old cat artwork proves Japan has always loved felines

One of the Meiji Period’s most prolific artists painted more cats than you might have expected.

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These photos show how Japanese architecture has changed over the last 100 years

Japanese commenters aren’t so impressed with modern cityscapes, but are they just being nitpicky?

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