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400-Year-Old Japanese Festival Has Babies Compete To Cry The Loudest
The Naki Sumo or Nakizumo Crying Baby Festival celebrates the belief that crying babies bring good health and fortune to their futures as well as ward off evil spirits.
US Navy Shipwreck Of World War II-Era USS Hornet Found 17,500 Feet Underwater After 76 Years
Through a research expedition funded by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the deep sea R/V Petrel vessel located the USS Hornet and captured priceless footage.
29 Yakuza Tattoo Photos That Reveal The Japanese Art Of Irezumi
Discover the 12,000-year history of irezumi, the ancient form of Japanese body art widely seen as a Yakuza tattoo tradition today.
The Eerie Reason Why Ships Full Of Dead Bodies Keep Washing Up In Japan
Small Japanese villages have been visited by abandoned fishing vessels, some awash with dead bodies. But the reason why this may be is even more startling than their discovery.
‘It Was War’: 33 Photos Of The Pearl Harbor Attack That Changed History Forever
See why the Pearl Harbor attack carried out by the Japanese against the U.S. in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 was a "date which will live in infamy."
33 Disturbing Photos Of The Second Sino-Japanese War That Reveal Why China Is World War II’s Forgotten Victim
With as many as 20 million dead, China suffered more casualties during World War II than any other country except the Soviet Union.
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.