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The Mythical Couple Who Gave Birth to Japan’s 800+ Shinto Deities

Approximately 90% of the Japanese population are followers of Shintoism (神道), Buddhism (仏教) or both. This can be attributed to the high regards paid by the Japanese towards their ethnic origins as well as the value they put on ancient traditions. Shintoism, in particular, has been popular both in traditional and pop culture thanks to…

Why Does This Japanese Town Ban Cucumbers?

During the summer, cucumbers are a great treat in Japan to cool the body. They are cooling, crunchy and healthy so it seems strange that anyone would want to ban them. Nevertheless, in Fukui Prefecture, there is a town called Adose-cho where cucumbers are prohibited from being eaten or even grown. norecipes.com/ Apparently, the town…