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Japan

Hirohito: Japan's Emperor During World War II (Who Almo...

May 6, 2021

Emperor Hirohito in dress uniform, 1935. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you know him as Michinomiya Hirohito or Emperor Shōwa, he was the longest-...

Kamikazes: What Were They? Who Were They And How Did Th...

April 12, 2021

Japanese kamikaze putting on his forehead bandeau with rising sun, Pacific war, 1944–1945 colorized document. (Apic/Getty Images) By fall 1944, the Pacific th...

Yasuke: The First African Samurai Who Was A Shogun Body...

November 29, 2020

A black man wrestling with Japanese circa 1605. This is a possible artwork depicting Yasuke, but unconfirmed. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Yasuke was mo...

Super Mario Bros.: Stories, Facts, And Trivia You Didn'...

September 12, 2020

Released in 1985, Super Mario Bros. began as the last gasp of the cartridge era for Nintendo and became the game by which everything that followed was measur...

The 1940 Olympics Were Canceled Because Of World War II

May 2, 2020

(Wada Sanzō/Wikimedia Commons) The 1940 Olympic Games were supposed to be a coming-out party of sorts for Japan. Initially scheduled to take place from September...

Gas Mask Island: Inside The Place Where Residents Are R...

April 7, 2020

For the most part, the island of Miyake-jima is like many of the beautiful enclaves of Japan. Its flora and fauna are awe-inspiring, and its people are friendly a...

A Good List Of Great Americans Who Were Held In Japanes...

February 19, 2020

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 90066, A.K.A. the deeply unconstitutional order to the military to round up ...

Giri Choco: On Valentine's Day, Japanese Women 'Traditi...

February 13, 2020

Women buy boxes of chocolates as gifts before Valentine's Day at a Tokyo department store. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images) If you're in Japan around Fe...

The Rape Of Nanking: A Brief History Of One Of The Wors...

December 13, 2019

On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army committed one of the greatest wartime atrocities of history when they carried out a systemic slash-and-burn campaign again...

Color Photos Showing Life In Japan In The 1860s - 1900s

October 29, 2016

Prisoner, 1860 Woman in front of the mirror, photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried, 1860 Two tattooed men, photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried Pilgrim g...