Precious Fruit

  How much would you be willing to pay for a piece of fruit?    A prized piece of Japanese fruit, the Densuke Watermelon, fetched nearly $4,000 at an auction in Sapporo earlier this month.  And apparently, that’s a bargain.   This year’s highest-selling fruit, sold to the Isetan department store for $3,743, is actually…

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SUNFLOWERS FOR DECONTAMINATION

Japanese researchers believe growing sunflowers will remove radioactive cesium from contaminated soil around the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, and are planning a project to plant as many of the yellow flowers as possible this year. They have invited people to sow sunflower seeds near the Fukushima prefecture power station, hoping the sunflower will become…

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Suicide Forest

Aokigahara Forest Signs emblazoned with messages such as “Please reconsider” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” are nailed to trees throughout the forest. However, the woods have such a reputation that these minor deterrents do little to stop the determined. Aokigahara Forest is known for two things in Japan: breathtaking views…

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