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Inside The Yakuza, The 400-Year-Old Japanese Criminal Syndicate
The Yakuza aren't just the "Japanese Mafia." They're something entirely different — an organization tied to 400 years of Japanese history.
Otoya Yamaguchi: The Anonymous 17-Year-Old Who Assassinated Japan’s Socialist Leader On Live TV
Otoya Yamaguchi wanted Japan to return to its traditional roots. He would do anything to make that happen, including killing controversial politician Inejiro Asanuma at a televised debate in October 1960.
The Dark History Behind Okunoshima, Japan’s “Rabbit Island”
Rabbit Island, a.k.a Okunoshima was once used as a top-secret location for chemical weapons testing. All that remains today are thousands of feral rabbits, whose lives may still be in grave danger.
Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends
Legend says that his swords were so well-made, their layers went to a point that was but one atom thick.
This Week In History News, Aug. 5 – 11
Mystery of Mayan collapse uncovered, builders and purpose of Stonehenge revealed, thousands of WWII weapons found under Japanese school.
Thousands Of World War II-Era Weapons Found Buried Underneath A School In Tokyo
Authorities say that it's uncommon for such a large cache of World War II weapons to be buried all at once.
21 Classic Images Of Japanese Fart Battles From The 19th Century
Some say the paintings are a kind of political cartoon serving as a commentary on Western influence, but nobody knows for sure.
Explorers Discover 113-Year-Old Russian Shipwreck Believed To Have Cargo Worth Over $100 Billion
An international team of experts located the Russian warship Dmitrii Donskoi that reportedly went down with 5,500 boxes of gold still aboard.
This Bonsai Has Survived 392 Years And Not Even The Hiroshima Bombing Could Kill It
When this tree was planted in 1625, the United States was still 150 years away from even becoming a nation.
From Sunken Tanks To Human Remains, Truk Lagoon Is WWII’s Most Haunting Undersea Graveyard
From shipwrecks to sunken tanks to human remains, Truk Lagoon is among the biggest and eeriest underwater graveyards on Earth.
Unraveling The Deadly Legend Of The Pacific’s Own Bermuda Triangle
The sea is basically the Pacific version of the Bermuda Triangle, complete with mysterious disappearances, sea monster sightings, and ship sinkings.