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The Cat Village in Taiwan1m59s

The Cat Village in Taiwan

The cat village in Taiwan called Houtong has more than 100 cats. The village attract many tourists around the world.

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Published: September 12, 2018
Pancake Art, too adorable to eat2m11s

Pancake Art, too adorable to eat

Keisuke Inagaki, a 48 year old chef who lived in an evacuee camp in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster that followed it, wanted to think of something to bring some joy into the lives of the children living in the camp. When he saw an American doing pancake art on TV, he started making them himself, and has continued, having now made 2,000 of them. His pancakes have become a hot topic on social networking sites and there is now a month-long wait for reservations at his shop. (February 18th, 2018)

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Published: September 12, 2018
The Cave with a heart-shaped image1m30s

The Cave with a heart-shaped image

This cave was well known by the locals, but when a tourist posted pictures of it online in September of 2015, people started saying it looked like it was taken out of a Ghibli film. Now shops line the area around the parking lot, and buses have started coming there, bringing the place to life with tourist activity. (Filmed on 15th March, 2018)

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Published: September 12, 2018
Lala, the climbing cat2m10s

Lala, the climbing cat

There is a rock climbing gym in Okinawa, Japan, called Boulbaka2, with an “employee” who has become quite the topic of conversation online. Her name is Lala (1 year old).It all started in October, 2016, when they were renovating and she jumped from a ladder onto the wall. When a video of her climbing the wall was uploaded to Facebook afterwards, it got more than 7 million views, making her an instant online sensation. Lala came to the gym when she was around 2 months old, in July of 2016. The gym’s owner, Mr. Goan saw Lala alone walking down the busy street in front of the gym and took her in. At the time, her right eye was badly damaged by ticks, but she has recovered fully and strolls about the gym freely every day now. She doesn’t climb much anymore, but even today she awaits customers as the manager of the gym... (Filmed on 20 March, 2018)

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Published: September 12, 2018
Yumeka, the painting elephant2m03s

Yumeka, the painting elephant

Yumeka is originally from Ichihara Elephant Kingdom in Chiba prefecture, Japan. About 20 years ago, the owner of the Elephant Kingdom watched a TV show about a painting elephant. Then he (the owner) knew that training elephants from early age makes drawing skill much better so he decided to teach baby elephant how to draw when he will have one. Then Yumeka was born. The daughter of the kingdom’s owner told me that each elephant has different skills but Yumeka has been trained by same trainer from Thailand since she was 2 so they have a strong bond. And also Yumeka always looks happy when she was praised after drawing. These made her skills better and better. The zoo sells her paintings, goods and also LINE stamps (Please download the pictures from the above link). And Yumeka will use the money to have her baby. So we could say she earns part of her birth fee by herself! Yumeka is planning to go back to Chiba in this Summer hopefully after she gets pregnant.

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Published: September 12, 2018
Funeral for robot dog AIBO1m43s

Funeral for robot dog AIBO

People and a monk are praying for robot dog, AIBO. After SONY stopped preparing service for their first AIBO there are many AIBO who have ''died'' so the owners send their AIBO to this temple and take the souls away before they are broke apart.

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Published: September 12, 2018
Awashima shrine with thousands of dolls1m46s

Awashima shrine with thousands of dolls

In Kada, Wakayama prefecture, Japan, there is a shrine called Awashima shrine which has a huge collection of dolls donated by people across the country. According to atlas obscura ( https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/a ...), ‘’ There are a lot of Japanese superstitions about dolls, and a good number of people in Japan seem to find them a little mysterious or frightening, believing that they have souls or the power to influence human lives. There are a number of shrines and festivals wherein people dispose of their old dolls and toys - they feel that if they just threw them in the garbage, the dolls’ souls might come back to haunt them like ghosts.’’

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Published: September 12, 2018
The artist painting a dragon's full body with one single stroke2m30s

The artist painting a dragon's full body with one single stroke

Hitofude-ryu is a traditional technique passed down since the Edo period in Japan where the artist draws the entire torso of a dragon in a single stroke. Because of this, it has been used as a good luck charm for endless money, customers, and romantic relationships. Dragons that face upwards are said to bring luck while those that face downwards are said to protect. The dragon's scales appear when he presses down hard and light in small spurts. His personal touch is to add "bonji" characters of a god that matches the customer to the dragon's jewel. For example if the customer is in retail, He'll draw the bonji of a merchant god, or if they are sick and want to wish for good health, he draw the bonji of a healing god. He has a studio in Kyoto and paints each day. Since it requires a lot of detailed work and demands a lot of focus, he only paints between 3 and 5 images a day. He takes orders online and gets them from all around the world. When he goes abroad, he goes most often to art museums in Florida for small exhibits, performances, and galleries. He also goes to Mongolia and the Philippines. In the Philippines he does charities with a government official there, and they donate all the money from sales to charities.

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Published: September 12, 2018
Man turns a spider crab into didgeridoo2m07s

Man turns a spider crab into didgeridoo

A creative musician transforms spider crabs into incredible sounding didgeridoos. Not content with carving stunning wooden instruments, Kazuki Kitagawa decided to turn his hand to the crustaceans famous to Heda, Shizuoka prefecture, in eastern Japan. The 34-year-old turned the giant crab into a stunning 320cm long didgeridoo after taking inspiration from the seafood after moving to Heda in July 2016. Receiving his raw materials from a local restaurant, Kazuki unveiled his first spider crab didgeridoo in July 2017.

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Published: September 12, 2018
Monkey park in Kyoto where you can feed 100 monkeys1m59s

Monkey park in Kyoto where you can feed 100 monkeys

There are more than 100 wild monkeys in Iwatayama monkey park in Kyoto, Japan. After 15-20 minutes hike, you will get to the top of Iwatayama and meet wild monkeys. Here you can buy fruits and feed the monkey. Funny thing is that people are inside of cage and monkeys are outside!! Don't look straight into monkeys eyes. It means fighting.

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Published: September 12, 2018