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Giant bottles of Coca-Cola are floating above Shibuya Scramble, looks like something out of Blade Runner

The installation hopes to bring fun and excitement to Shibuya Scramble. Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble is an iconic landmark. With the intersection constantly swarming with hundreds of people and illuminated with bright, flashing billboards, Shibuya Scramble is instantly recognisable to anyone worldwide. The intersection also happens to be one of the busiest places in Tokyo, with […]

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Court verdict reached on Kyoto schoolgirl who sued bullies for causing her mental illness

Plaintiff sought damages of 90 million yen (US$863,433) from her tormentors and the school itself. Those who suffer bullying at school can often feel that the ramifications last long after graduation. That was allegedly the case for a young woman from a state school in Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto, who filed a lawsuit against her junior […]

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Man arrested in Japan after walking around supermarket in a monkey mask

There’s no law against his monkey business, but something else landed him in trouble with the police. The question of whether Japanese fashion is bold or conservative doesn’t have a simple answer. Yes, as far as baseline tastes go, most people aren’t into loud patterns or flashy colors. At the same time, though, Japan’s cultural […]

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Unsettling scenes outside an abandoned Japanese house

Source: Tokyo Times
discarded clothes outside an abandoned Japanese home

Finding old and long-forgotten personal possessions in abandoned homes isn’t all that unusual in Japan. The houses in this previously photographed village, for example, can’t have been all that different when people still lived there, and in the same mountainous region as the buildings below was a slowly deteriorating little hamlet — its dwellings filled with the belongings of former inhabitants. And yet that said, the sight of mouldy clothes hanging out as if to dry was a first.

Surrounded by vegetation, the dark interior of the solitary house was in a terrible state, making walking in seem very unwise, but perhaps the best, albeit rather odd explanation for the scene that greeted us is that someone braver once ventured in to retrieve the clothes. And if that wasn’t strange enough, they then went a step further by hanging them all up

The only other possibility that makes any kind of sense is that they’ve been there since the property was abandoned, but that doesn’t really account for why the clothes were left outside. Yet regardless of how they got there, and whoever was responsible, stumbling upon them made for a strangely unsettling experience to say the least.

discarded clothes outside an abandoned Japanese home

discarded clothes outside an abandoned Japanese home

Similarly, and at the end of the same day, we found one last house on the way home. No longer lived in, it was completely locked up, but clothes were once again significant. This time hanging in the windows — their presence giving the property a strange, very real sense of still being …continue reading

    

Japanese police search for police search dog that ran away during police search

Prefecture’s youngest dog makes a break for it in the middle of performing duties. Last Sunday, the police box in the town of Fukusaki, Hyogo Prefecture, received a report about a car parked near the entrance of the hiking trail to Nagusayama, a nearby mountain. The car wasn’t in any sort of lot and the […]

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