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Wadōkaichin coin

  • ... that the Heian period Japanese story Torikaebaya Monogatari is the tale of a man who lives as a woman and his sister who lives as a man, who eventually swap places in order to lead happy lives?

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Seiden (main hall) of Shuri Castle


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Restored Type 89 Yi-Go tank


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Aizu Matsudaira's Royal Garden


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Tokyo Big Sight convention center


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Kyoto Tower

  • ... that the 430-foot-tall (131 m) Kyoto Tower (pictured) is the tallest man-made structure in the city of Kyoto, Japan?

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Kōtetsu, Japan's first ironclad warship, as CSS Stonewall c.1865


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Hasekura in Rome, 17th century painting


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Toyota 7


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Hokkaidō Shrine's haiden


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Atrium in the Sapporo Factory


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Midtown Tower in Tokyo, Japan

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Shichirigahama beach


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Kuga Katsunan


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Shinbashi Enbujō Theatre


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Kaba class destroyer


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Yuzuru Hiraga


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The downed Akutan Zero fighter


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Shigeko Higashikuni


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Japanese recycling bins


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A. c. japonica forming a "bee ball" in which two giant hornets (Vespa simillima xanthoptera) are engulfed and are being heated

  • ... that when a Japanese honeybee hive is invaded by a giant hornet scout, the honeybees "bake" the hornet in a ball of about 500 bees (pictured)?

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Kutani ware

  • ... that Kutani ware (pictured), first produced about 1656 near the current city of Kaga, is a type of Japanese porcelain known for its use of multicolored glazes in bold designs?

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Japanese artilleryman, c. 1882


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Firearms


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The Hon-dō at Shin-Yakushi-ji


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Depiction of Naoe Kanetsugu in a rice field, an example of Tanbo art

  • ... that tanbo art (example pictured) is a Japanese practice where giant pictures are created in rice fields?

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left side view of beige snail with a bit darker head and with brown oblong shell


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Kicho – a Japanese silk partition


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  • ... that the 1945 loss of German U-boat U-864 during Operation Caesar, a secret mission to deliver technology to Japan, is the only known incident of one submerged submarine sinking another?

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  • ... that in the Battle of Sio, Papuan Corporal Bengari and his five companions ambushed 29 Japanese soldiers and killed them all before they could fire a shot?

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  • ...that the story of Sada Abe, a woman who cut off her dead lover's genitals and carried them around with her for days, is one of Japan's most notorious scandals?

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  • ... that Japanese anime director Rintaro has worked in animation for 50 years and co-founded the animation studio Madhouse?

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  • ... that over the course of five decades, Toshio Masuda directed 16 films which made the top ten list at the Japanese box office, a record surpassed by only one other director?

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  • ... that of Japanese band Supercell's eleven members, only one of them makes the music and the rest are illustrators and designers?

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  • ... that in 1967 Kōji Seki directed Perverted Criminal, Japan's first 3-D film and the world's first 3-D sex film?

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  • ... that Masako Katsura's participation in the World Three-Cushion Billiards tournament of 1952 was the first time any woman ever competed in any billiards tournament for a world crown?

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  • ... that two of the members of Japanese idol group HKT48 are in elementary school?

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  • ... that delay certificates issued by railway companies in Japan and Germany to passengers for tardy trains are considered valid reasons by superiors for reporting late to school or work?

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  • ... that Ichitaro Kanie grew Japan's first tomatoes in 1899, founding the ¥157 billion Kagome tomato empire?

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  • ... that 22-year-old Ling Ling was the oldest panda in Japan at the time of his death in April 2008?

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  • ... the Safety Promotion Center, established by Japan Airlines after the worst single aircraft accident in history, has passengers' farewell letters and wreckage on display to educate employees about safety?

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  • ... that there are 30 million smokers in Japan, making the country one of the largest tobacco markets in the world?

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  • ... that the Japanese novel Kanikōsen is one of the best-selling books of 2008, despite being published in 1929?

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  • ... that Japanese pop R&B singer-songwriter Mai Kuraki's 2009 album, Touch Me! became her first album in five years to top the Japanese album chart?

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  • ... that the Japanese art film Megane, described as "an ode to the pleasures of unhurried living", was given its name after the director realized most characters wore glasses?

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  • ... that the single "My Girl" by Arashi currently holds the third largest first-week sales of 2009 in Japan?

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  • ... that the trailer for the Japanese horror film Henge was described by a reviewer as "a minor work of art"?

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