Bizarre Japan – Forest of Death

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Located at the base of the world’s famous Mount Fuji is a forest called Aokigahara. This forest has many infamous nicknames – Forest of Death, Suicide Forest and Sea of Trees. There are many eerie things about this place that spook human outsiders. Some claim the forest is an eternal maze, trapping its victims inside with few escape paths. Others claim it has high levels of paranormal activities. One thing is clear, however. Suicidal people in Japan love to use this forest as their final resting place. Each year, hundreds of Japanese attempt suicide in Aokigahara, with hanging being the most popular method. Some suicidal survivors claim they were drawn to the forest because of the convoluted sense of direction. This means their loved ones won’t be able to easily locate them in the forest in an attempt to stop the suicide.

To help keep the forest clean and sanitized, local authorities conduct monthly sweeps to remove dead bodies and trash. Additionally, a sign is posted at the forest’s entrance, urging life-weary visitors to think about their children and family before committing the unfortunate act.

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Quotes of the Day – Fear

October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

There are no such things as insuperable mountains and impassable rivers. There are only fears of insuperable mountains and impassable rivers. -Proverb

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. -FDR

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

Always do what you are afraid to do. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future. -Chanakya

Sword of Fury: Chapter II, Part 5

October 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Watching the boy from afar was his adopted father. When he saw the boy managed to rise up using his own will, he was overcome with joys.

“My old friend, your son has finally grown up. It’s only a matter of time before he will avenge your death.” The man whispered.

He then looked down to his crippled foot and took a deep sigh.

“This is the least I could do for you. After all, I owed you my life.”

When he was ten, his family sent him to Tosan to study martial arts. His parents had high hopes for him. They spent a large deal of money on his schooling. His father even sold his pawn shop to pay for his study at Tosan. However, his schooling was not a smooth ride. Frankly, he did not born to be a champion fencer. Although he worked relentlessly on his martial arts’ skills, he made little progress. His social life also shared the same fate. Having a shy personality, he had a hard time befriending with other schoolmates.

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Bizarre Korea – Man’s Best Meal

October 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

If you thought dog-fighting is cruel, here’s something that will definitely make you cringe. Eating dog’s meat is one of Korea’s most valued traditions. There are other countries that also allow dogs to be killed for their meat, but the practice is more widespread in Korea. In fact, dog’s meat (cooked or soup) is one of Korea’s national dishes. Many Koreans raise dogs, in the so-called dog farms, for the sole purpose of slaughtering them for their meat. You can actually enter a restaurant in Korea right now and order a platter of cooked dog’s meat for dinner.

Despite repeated protests from international groups, this practice continues to thrive in the Land of the Morning Calm. Several polls have found that many South Koreans would rather have their government, severing diplomatic ties with any foreign governments that oppose them slaughtering dogs for food, than to give up this deeply rooted tradition.

I wonder how Mr. Obama would react if he is offered a dish of spicy cooked dog’s meat.

Next -> Plastic Surgery 

Sword of Fury: Chapter II, Part 4

October 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

When he reached the forest, darkness had already consumed the place. With his vision became blurrier by the second, he stumbled over a sharply pointed rock. The accident left a deep cut on his left knee. Streams of blood poured out from the wound. The cold night wind added more pain to the boy’s misery. His whole body was overwhelmed by pain, fatigue and soreness from the harsh weather. The boy collapsed and remained motionless on the ground for a long time.

His mind was completely blank. Fatigue had barricaded the channeling of his thoughts. But suddenly, the words of promise he gave to his adopted father when he first learned the fate of his family came back to him.

“I swear to you that I will take revenge on those who murdered my family. I will burn their hearts with fire in the same way they had been done to my family. Let heaven and earth be my witnesses.”

Each of the words was like a strike of thunder, waking the boy up from his fatigue. He felt a robust energy coming from within. Using this new strength, he was able to rise up. The boy took out his axe and started chopping down the trees.

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Poetry: Love in Color

October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

A day without you is a world without color.
Vibrant roses turn black and white.
Black pebbles pave country roads.
I will be a broken kite,
drifting wildly in the lifeless sky.

A day at your side is a world of color.
Sparkling rainbow celebrates a storm’s end.
Rays of light infiltrate the earth.
I will be a gleeful bee,
finding happiness in the garden of dreams.

If you don’t really love me,
Don’t pity me with false hopes.
Time could cure all pains of the heart,
But can’t heal wounds of the soul.

Your candid feeling is all I ask
To gently soothe my longing heart.

~Check out another poem – Parted Ways

Bizarre Japan – Peaceful Guns

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Japan is a gun-banning society. With the exceptions of the police and military, no one is allowed to own or carry a gun. And here is a neat caveat. Japanese police members on duty can carry guns, but they are absolutely prohibited from shooting at a target. The most they could do is to fire warning shots (to the sky). There are of course exceptions for special police forces. Police members who violate this rule could be criminally prosecuted, and Japan is known for its harsh penalties for gun crimes. This information came straight from a Japanese friend, who is currently studying in the United States.

The good thing about this is the elimination of gun abuses by the police. We won’t see tragedies like Michael Brown or Travon Martin in Japan. The downside is that ordinary criminals are less fearful of the police and will occasionally challenge them. Fortunately, crime rates are relatively low in Japan. Most Japanese gang members have abandoned the use of guns, since the country’s stringent gun laws are not worth challenging.

Japanese police has recently added a usable weapon to their arsenal – paintball guns. They can now shoot non-lethal, irremovable paintball at targets for the purpose of identifying and tracking criminals.

Next -> Forest of Death

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