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Worst weather disaster in Japan

By Floro Mercene JAPAN’S record rainfall last month unleashed floods and set off deadly landsides in Western Japan, killing more than 200 people, while forcing millions more to evacuate and leaving dozens missing. Thirteen prefectures on Japan’s mainland received deadly amounts of rain. It was Japan’s worst weather disaster in 36 years. Parts of the […]

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Gachapon  capsule toys (1)

By Floro Mercene While capsule toys originated overseas, gachapon or gashapon are uniquely Japanese. The terms gachapon or gashapon refer to a variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys popular in Japan. ‘gacha’ or ‘gasha’ is onomatopoeic from Japanese sounds for the hand-cracking action of a toy-vending machine, and ‘pon’ for the toy capsule landing in […]

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The story behind  the tulip (1)

Its long spring season and cool nights make Holland the perfect country for tulip growing. Tulips signal the arrival of spring. It starts with crocus season in March, which is followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally the tulips show their vivid paint-box colors and transforms big parts of Holland into a vast sea of tulips. […]

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Everest Base Camp with modern-day perks

Lukla is a town in the Khumbu area in Nepal at 2,860m above sea level, where the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, the gateway to the Everest region, is located.

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Wanted – Canine blood donors

Wanted – blood donors of a different breed! More than 6 million dogs are registered as pets in Japan. Due to both the increase in overall number and of elderly population of animals, there has been a noted increase in medical complications. The most common use of transfusion is for blood loss and also for […]

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Cautions to headphone users

A study conducted on music volume of headphone that people use in a busy street showed many people increased the volume because of the environment noise. Any sound over 85 decibels is considered to be dangerous to the ears and your hearing. Majority of people use dangerous levels of vol­ume in noisy, public areas. People can protect their hearing by keeping the volume down on personal audio devices and also with short listen­ing breaks.

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