Why some license plates in Japan are named after a delicious food (and no, it doesn’t mean your car’s been boiled in oil).
“Mama” and “papa” are such ubiquitous parental terms in Japan that it’s easy to forget they’re foreign words – words the government once tried to ban.
In Tokyo, the recent past is often obscured beneath endless concrete. Take a journey through the city’s history to discover why.
In 1873, the newly-minted Meiji government banned the age-old practice of kataki-uchi: blood revenge. Seven years later, the son of a murdered samurai would take his vengeance nonetheless.
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