A Japanese man noticed food disappearing in his fridge so he set up a security camera and found out there was a homeless woman living in the top compartment of his closet and been there for more than a year. nbcnews.com/id/wbna248893…
That a Japanese ice cream company created a commercial to publicly apologize about needing to raise the price of their ice cream bars for the first time in 25 years from 60 yen to 70 yen independent.co.uk/news/bu…
When a 400-year rare old Japanese bonsai tree was stolen, the bonsai master gave out instructions on how the thief could care for the plant so it doesn't die, as he felt it was his child. edition.cnn.com/2019/02/1…
Japanese Beer maker Asahi makes elderly friendly beer cans that are smaller, with braille, a larger fingerhole and a pressurized can to have the tab elevated from the top. They're also left at shrines to friends and family that have passed. nomunication.jp/2017/09/0…
Today I learned of a "Kotatsu", A traditional japanese table with attached blanket. You can use it to relax, nap, eat/drink/hangout with friends and even has a built in heater underneath. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
In order to misguide Japanese bombers the Taj Mahal was disguised with a huge scaffold which made it look like a stockpile of bamboos. The idea worked and was used again in 1971 at the time of Indo-Pak War. mensxp.com/special-featur…
Today I learned about the Japanese retiree who uses Microsoft Excel as a painting platform because he didn't want to spend money on paints. youtu.be/OrwBc6PwAcY
When Japan's first railway was introduced, the USA, France, and the UK bid to build the system, with the UK winning. The railways they set up were left-side running, and that was later adopted by Japanese cars. Today, Japan is one of the only non-Commonwealth countries with left-side driving tofugu.com/japan/japan-dr…
All current Purple Heart medals awarded still today were created for the Japanese invasion during WWII that never happened historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
In 1943 after Naval intelligence provided them with his exact itinerary, US fighter pilots successfully shot down a transport plane carrying Admiral Yamamoto, commander of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Yamamoto was believed to be responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Al Schmid, a US marine who continued to man his machine gun on Guadalcanal even after being permanently blinded by a Japanese grenade, and later received the Navy Cross for his actions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
The 18-year losing streak of Japanese baseball team Hanshin Tigers is tied to a popular curse that involved a Colonel Sanders statue. The statue, taken from a local KFC restaurant, was thrown into a canal by fans during their team's 1st and only championship run in the annual Japan Series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
, Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto's 1961 song "Ue o Muite Arukō" (I Look Up as I Walk) or more commonly known as 'Sukiyaki', reached number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100 in June 1963, making Sakamoto the first Asian recording artist to have a number one song on the chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suk…
In 2007, a local Japanese railway station β€œhired” a cat named Tama as an official, helping the local economy bring in over 1 billion yen during her service. When she died 8 years later, thousands of people came to her funeral. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
There is a shrine located in Kyoto, Japan dedicated to the 38,000 severed noses of Korean troops and civilians. Japanese warriors would traditionally bring back body parts of enemies as proof of their deeds. A total of 214,752 heads were brought back after the second invasion of Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mim…
In 1803, a UFO-shaped object reportedly washed ashore in Japan. According to legend, a young woman arrived on the beach, aboard the ship. She could not speak Japanese and did not look like anyone else there. Some ufologists claim this as evidence of a close encounter with extra-terrestrial life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uts…
The famous Japanese painting of a giant wave is actually from a series of 36 paintings of Mt. Fuji from different views en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Today I learned of Mariya Tsukanova, a Soviet medic during WW2. She saved dozens of lives, and took up a machine gun, firing until she lost consciousness from injuries. Being outnumbered, she was brutally tortured and executed by the Japanese and killed. She was named "Hero of the Soviet Union." posthumously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Yukio Mishima, a world-renowned japanese writer/artist who recluted over 100 students to form his own private army (Tatenokai). Later, in 1970, he commited seppuku (Harakiri) in public after his failed coup attempt in an effort to restore the imperial rule on Japan. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
The rise of Japanese whisky rests on the efforts of Masataka Taketsuru, a pioneering chemist who brought the craft of Scottish whisky to Japan. He married a Scottish woman and they founded Yoichi distillery in 1934. While the first whisky was maturing, they sold apple juice to make ends meet. chilledmagazine.com/masat…
After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure. bbc.com/news/world-asia-p…
Today I learned about the Battle of Eora Creek. During WWII Australian and Japanese forces fought deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea with the Australians claiming victory in 1942. The battle was largely forgotten about until the site was rediscovered in 2010 with some Japanese still laying where they died. trekkokoda.com.au/kokoda-…
Tom Nook from Animal Crossing is not a racoon in the original Japanese translation, but a tanuki (hence his name.) The animal is portrayed as a mischievous trickster in Japanese folklore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned of Motts Tonelli, a Notre Dame fullback who ran in the winning TD against USC in 1937. 5 years later in 1942 he had his class ring confiscated during the Bataan Death March. A Japanese officer returned his ring, telling Tonelli that he was US-educated and recognized him from his time at USC. armyhistory.org/mario-ton…
After Dec 7, 1941, fearing US currency might fall into Japanese hands if they invaded the islands, the US had 200 million dollars turned in and incinerated. Cash was replaced with bills stamped with the word 'HAWAII'. Plan was to then declare the currency void if Japan seized the islands. coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n…
The only Pre-Colombian Native American Iron Age was caused by Japanese shipwrecks brought to the Pacific Northwest by the Kuroshio Current. By the time Europeans arrived, tribes had been creating iron tools and weapons for years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In WWII, the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany became one of the Western Allies greatest and highest-level sources in Berlin, offering up information on the invasion of the Soviet Union, German defenses at the Atlantic Wall, and more...without ever knowing his cables had been decrypted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
The funeral of Japanese musician Hide was attended by 50,000 fans, not including the 10,000 who attended his televised wake. His death resulted in numerous suicides including one at his funeral. One person died in a car crash and around 200 people were hospitalised due to exhaustion and heat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
The Old Ford Motor Factory, Ford's first assembly plant in Southeast Asia and built in 1941, was the site of the historic surrender of the British to the Japanese in World War II, later described by Winston Churchill as the "largest capitulation in British history" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned about the Battle of Los Angeles, in which a false alarm triggered US military to open fire on the night sky after it was believed to be an invading Japanese aircraft. history.com/news/world-wa…
A Texas 12-year-old Calvin Graham lied about his age to enlist in the Navy during WWII. He was awarded a 'Bronze Star' for his work as a gunner in a fight vs a Japanese destroyer but was later stripped of his award after the Navy discovered his real age. midlothianmirror.com/news…
During WWII there was an event known as that 'Battle of Los Angeles'. Citizens and military thought the Japanese were attacking Los Angeles and fired AA guns into the sky. Turns out it was only a lost weather balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
At the height of the Japanese Real Estate bubble in 1989, Tokyo, on paper, was worth twice the value of the whole United States lynalden.com/economic-jap…
2 Cheap Cars pulled a TV ad in New Zealand because it had a Japanese character saying "ah so" which children started to copy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_C…
, during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, Russian Navy laid a total of 4,275 naval mines. Russia’s mines sank more Japanese Navy warships than any other weapon used by the Russian Navy, during the war. navweaps.com/Weapons/WAMR…
The fire selector on the Japanese Type 64 rifle is labeled γ‚’ (safe), γ‚Ώ (semi) and レ (Auto). Together they spell をタレ (Atare), which means "Hit the target". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned about Kiyoshi Shimizu, a Japanese journalist that helped solved a series of child kidnaping cases and released an innocent man from further prosecution. He also helped solved the murder of Shiori Ino which led to the changes to legal treatment of stalking in Japan mainichi.jp/english/artic…
Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi specifically ordered his army not to oppose the beach landing on Iwo Jima for the first hour to allow the beaches to crowd up with Marines so that they could then inflict maximum casualties. youtu.be/rm4kDR9qMpk
In 2008 a Japanese bikini model was acquitted of trespass charges because a recreation of the alleged crime showed she couldn't have fit through the access hole because of her 44 inch breasts. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
There is a conspiracy theory that Finland, an actual European country, doesn't exist. It is a hoax created by the Japanese and Russians, ensuring Japan can freely fish there as long as they share profits with Russia vice.com/en/article/xyd48…
Today I learned about Anpanman, the titular hero of a Japanese children’s book with a red bean pastry for a head. The Anpanman franchise is estimated to be worth $44.9 billion, more than the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Grand Theft Auto combined. features.japantimes.co.jp…
In Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the Moon where they make mochi, the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the left pounding on an usu, a Japanese mortar. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The last Japanese soldier to surrender was a Taiwanese aborigine. His tribal name was Attun Palalin of the Amis people. ww2db.com/person_bio.php?…
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki named his famous Studio Ghibli after a WW2 Italian bomber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned about Wendell Fertig, a US serviceman who rather than surrender with the bulk of US forces during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, β€œself-promoted” himself to Brigadier General and organized pockets of Filipino fighters and other US serviceman into a highly effective Guerilla force en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
In 1832 a Japanese sailing ship travelling from Nagoya to Tokyo was blown off course. In 1834, it eventually ended up where current day Washington state is, with 3 out of 14 crew members surviving. historylink.org/File/9065
The Phillipines was a colony of the USA during WWII and was attacked by Japanese forces after Pearl Harbor in the same day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The Japanese, other than nobles or samurai class families, did not have surnames until 1868, when the government required commoners to adopt surnames. Names were chosen based on locations, occupations, or simply were made up, explaining the diversity in Japanese surnames (100,000+ present). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned about a Japanese seafood processing company where workers can work whenever they want, and every week they report what tasks they dislike, which they are then not allowed to do. soranews24.com/2018/08/02…
The OSS (precursor to the CIA) Researched Painting Foxes with Radioactive Paint In Order to Scare the Japanese During WW2 smithsonianmag.com/histor…

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