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Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for work when the first A-bomb hit, made it home to Nagasaki for the second, and lived to be 93.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for work when the first A-bomb hit, made it home to Nagasaki for the second, and lived to be 93.

This is called “tanbo art” (田んぼアート) or “rice paddy art”. There are no dyes to create the different colours and hues. Instead, farmers used various rice strains in their tanbo canvases.

Japanese Ama - diving well into their elder years

Macaques in Japan know how to use vending machines, and buy items using coins that they find.

Macaques in Japan know how to use vending machines, and buy items using coins that they find.

Star Sand - Japan

The local legends states that star sand was made of the tiny skeletons of the offspring of the Southern Cross and the North Star, who were killed by a giant serpent right after being born in the ocean. But according to science, these beautiful particles are the exoskeletons of millions of foraminifera–marine protozoans–that are believed to be fossil evidence dating back 550 million years ago, one of the oldest fossils known to man.

The best time to find some is just after a typhoon, when the sand stars are stirred up beneath the ocean floor and washed up on the shore in enormous numbers. If you look closely enough, you might even find some that are still alive!

Source:  Whereonearth

Misao Okawa pictured with her older sister, circa 1900
HH:  Too cute, we end up with the same haircut that we had as a child.

Misao Okawa pictured with her older sister, circa 1900

HH:  Too cute, we end up with the same haircut that we had as a child.

World’s oldest person celebrates her 116th birthday: ‘Eat and sleep and you will live a long time’
Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman born in 1898, has told The Telegraph her recipe for longevity: eating lots of sushi and sleeping eight hours a night.
In the year in which Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, the Spanish American War was raging and Horatio Kitchener triumphed in the Battle of Omdurman.
HH:  Who knew — sushi and sleep — I can do this.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10670467/Worlds-oldest-person-celebrates-her-116th-birthday-Eat-and-sleep-and-you-will-live-a-long-time.html

World’s oldest person celebrates her 116th birthday: ‘Eat and sleep and you will live a long time’

  • Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman born in 1898, has told The Telegraph her recipe for longevity: eating lots of sushi and sleeping eight hours a night.
  • In the year in which Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, the Spanish American War was raging and Horatio Kitchener triumphed in the Battle of Omdurman.

HH:  Who knew — sushi and sleep — I can do this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10670467/Worlds-oldest-person-celebrates-her-116th-birthday-Eat-and-sleep-and-you-will-live-a-long-time.html

Prince Hanzoku terrorized by a nine-tailed fox (kitsune). Print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 19th century.

Prince Hanzoku terrorized by a nine-tailed fox (kitsune). Print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 19th century.

Endless fields of purple flowers in foreground, Mount Fuji still capped with snow in the background.  

Endless fields of purple flowers in foreground, Mount Fuji still capped with snow in the background.  

Mount Fuji as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). 
Photo by NASA

Mount Fuji as seen from the International Space Station (ISS).

Photo by NASA

Sakura, Tokyo, Japan

Sakura, Tokyo, Japan

A 3.4 meter-long giant squid in Ajiro, Tottori Prefecture, after being caught alive Monday in a flouder net some 30 km offshore.
Calimari unlimited
Source:  Japantimes

A 3.4 meter-long giant squid in Ajiro, Tottori Prefecture, after being caught alive Monday in a flouder net some 30 km offshore.

Calimari unlimited

Source:  Japantimes

thekimonogallery:

19th century silk wedding kimono (uchikake), featuring yuzen painting and embroidery highlights.  Made in Osaka, Japan.  Exhibited at the Immigration Museum, Victoria, Australia

thekimonogallery:

19th century silk wedding kimono (uchikake), featuring yuzen painting and embroidery highlights.  Made in Osaka, Japan.  Exhibited at the Immigration Museum, Victoria, Australia

laiika:

Hassaku 1 by Sam Ryan Mr. on Flickr.

laiika:

Hassaku 1 by Sam Ryan Mr. on Flickr.

Samurai (ca. 1860-1880)

Samurai (ca. 1860-1880)