Tag Archive for Japan

Busted: “Samurai” ghost boots

Back in April 2015, we posted two photos going around in tabloid press of “ghosts”. Or apparent ghosts, I should say. Both could easily have had prosaic explanations. One of the photos was of a “mysterious” pair of boots behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach bluff in Japan. ‘Samurai Ghost’:…

Big ol’ sea wolf caught in Pacific (UPDATE: Don’t be ignorant!)

NEAT! (Originally published 16-Sept 2015) Remember, kids. Learn about nature so you can correct people who say this is some sort of “mutant monster” in your Facebook feed. An enourmous sea monster was caught by baffled Japanese fishermen off the island of Hokkaido. A ferocious looking fish with a gigantic head and sharp, protruding teeth has been found swimming in…

For real! A monster salamander in Kyoto

I thought this was a hoax. It’s not. There really are giant salamanders. This isn’t even the biggest. Found this on Twitter courtesy of @Matt_Alt via @TomHoltzPaleo     WOW! Look at that bugger! Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) also known as the Ōsanshōuo, can get up 5 feet long (1.5m) and live a long time. This…

Exorcism death by water

There is not much information on this one but another example of a mistaken assumption of posession and the dangers of being in the hands of the superstitious. It’s not just Roman Catholics that practice exorcisms. Japan woman dies at hands of professional exorcist – Yahoo!7. Japanese police probing the death of a woman who…

Coming to Japanese TV, psychic detective claims

Oh great, let’s bring the idea of psychic detectives to Japan! Spreading the silly… Psychic sisters revisit Yelenic homicide scene for Japanese documentary The April 2006 murder of Blairsville dentist Dr. John Yelenic has inspired books and television episodes since former State Trooper Kevin Foley was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in…

Am I blue? Odd crab found in the Bering Sea

Blue is my favorite color! Red king crab caught in Bering Sea is lavender-colored, baffling experts | GrindTV.com. “I’ve been dealing with crabs for 25 years, but this is the first time to see that color,” Kenetsu Mikami, president of Marusan Ocean Foods, told the Japanese-language Hokkaido Doshin. “It could be a good omen.” According…

Giant squid showing up in Japan

The second giant squid of this year was caught alive in Japanese waters. Giant squid caught in fishing net in Japan – Telegraph. According to the Tottori prefecture fishing cooperative, the squid was caught on Monday evening off the prefecture’s coast, when fishermen were trawling for flatfish and crabs. The squid measured 11 feet long,…

Psychic fishes for Twitter followers with unspecific disaster predictions for Japan

This is an excellent article that takes down a “psychic” who sounds rather desperate to gain Twitter followers in Japan. Self-styled ‘King of Psychics’ predicts major disaster for Japan, asks for new Twitter followers | RocketNews24. Japan’s Twitterverse is abuzz with the news that US-born psychic Ron Bard has predicted a huge natural disaster in Japan…

Japan pulling back recommendation of the HPV vaccine

This is NOT good. Health ministry withdraws recommendation for cervical cancer vaccine The health ministry decided June 14 to withdraw its recommendation for a vaccination to protect girls against cervical cancer after hundreds complained about possible side effects, including long-term pain and numbness. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is not suspending the use…

Jesus of Japan

The strange legend of Shingo, Kirisuto no Sato (Christ’s Hometown): Jesus came to Japan at the age of 21 to study theology. This was during his so-called “lost years,” a 12-year gap unaccounted for in the New Testament. The Little-Known Legend of Jesus in Japan | Smithsonian Magazine. It turns out that Jesus of Nazareth—the…

The Last Ninja… for real

BBC News – Japan’s ninjas heading for extinction. Japan’s era of shoguns and samurai is long over, but the country does have one, or maybe two, surviving ninjas. Experts in the dark arts of espionage and silent assassination, ninjas passed skills from father to son – but today’s say they will be the last. Kawakami…

Sea floor mystery circle maker discovered!

Mystery Behind Deep-Sea Crop Circles off the Coast of Japan Solved . Earlier this year, off the southern coast of Japan, Yoji Ookata, a deep-sea photographer and diver who has been documenting the deep sea for more than 50 years, saw something he had never observed before. A circular pattern of rippling sand about 80…