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Sakamoto swordsmanship scroll declared authentic

Nov 9, 2015

Sakamoto swordsmanship scroll declared authentic

A swordsmanship scroll issued to legendary samurai Sakamoto Ryoma has been declared authentic by an expert at the Kyoto National Museum, confirming he was indeed a master swordsman. Despite Sakamoto’s deadly reputation, his true prowess with the sword had often been debated by experts. ...

Emperor Yoshihito's coronation; crowds pack Tokyo dance halls before ban; Hikari superexpress now world's fastest; nearly 600 dolphins slaughtered in Nagasaki

| Oct 31, 2015

Emperor Yoshihito's coronation; crowds pack Tokyo dance halls before ban; Hikari superexpress now world's fastest; nearly 600 dolphins slaughtered in Nagasaki

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100 YEARS AGO Thursday, Nov. 11 1915 ‘Divine’ Coronation for Emperor Yoshihito The Coronation of His Majesty the Emperor Yoshihito, the 123rd Emperor in an unbroken line of illustrious sovereigns, was held today in the ancient Imperial Palace in Kyoto with impressive simplicity befitting ...

Bees a barometer for Japan's ills, expert says

Oct 25, 2015

Bees a barometer for Japan's ills, expert says

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Mineo Kogenji, a 79-year-old retired honey farmer, has been endeavoring to plant trees across Japan to increase the amount of forests suitable for apiculture, or beekeeping. For nearly half a century, Kogenji has cultivated bees by traveling with them south to north each spring, ...