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Rainy season brings glow-in-the-dark mushrooms

Rainy season brings glow-in-the-dark mushrooms
24 May 2006 With the arrival of Japan's rainy season, a mysterious type of green, glow-in-the-dark mushroom begins to sprout in Wakayama prefecture. The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms, known locally as shii no tomobishi-dake (literally, "chinquapin glow mushrooms"), sprout from fallen chinquapin trees. As they grow, a chemical reaction involving luciferin (a light-emitting pigment contained within the mushrooms) occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green. The luminescent mushrooms were long believed to be indigenous solely to Tokyo's Hachijojima Island after they were discovered there in the early 1950s. The mushrooms thrive in humid environments, popping up during Japan's rainy season, which typically lasts from the end of May to July. [Source: Mainichi Shimbun]

'Cat Island' is a feline's purrfect paradise While many cities are working to curb feral cat populations through spay-and-neuter programs, there’s one place where cat numbers continue to grow and the locals encourage it. Tashiro-jima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, that’s home to more cats than people. Better known as “Cat Island,” it has about 100 permanent residents — most of whom are over 65 years of age — and hundreds and hundreds of cats. During the 1800s, Tashiro-jima was popular with fisherman who would stay on the island overnight. They believed that feeding the cats would bring them wealth and fortune, a belief that continues today. According to local stories, one day when a fisherman was collecting rocks to use for his nets, a stray stone fell and killed one of the cats. There are also 51 cat-shaped monuments, as well as cat-shaped buildings — complete with “ears” on the roof — that dot the island. Check out a selection of photos from Cat Island, courtesy of Japanese photographer Fubirai.

Japanese Fight Giant Jellyfish Invasion With Jellyfish-Infused Space Candy A raw caramel craze is sweeping Japan. At the same time, fishermen in the Sea of Japan are tormented by invasive swarms of Echizen Kurage (Nomura's jellyfish), a giant jellyfish that weighs up to 450 pounds and measures two meters wide. A group of enterprising students at Obama Fisheries High School (located in the Japanese town of Obama no less!) The Obama students aren't content with just producing a a jellyfish caramel treat. Previous to producing space caramels, the Obama students developed jellyfish-infused cookies, dubbed "Ekura-chan saku-saku cookies." Nomura's Jellyfish captured in fixed nets [Via Pink Tentacle]

Japanese map symbols This is a list of symbols appearing on Japanese maps. These symbols are called chizukigou (地図記号?) in the Japanese language. Partial list of symbols for the visually impaired[edit] Official symbols according to the conventions of the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan appear with a circle below. See also[edit] External links[edit] Northern Lights: Breathtaking images of the aurora borealis over the Arctic circle By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 19:28 GMT, 1 February 2012 They are one of Earth's most stunning natural spectacles. Few people are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights which paint a breathtaking colour backdrop across the wilderness of the Arctic circle. The nightime display could be seen across Scotland, Canada, Norway and even the north-east of England last week after the biggest solar storm in more than six years bombarded the earth with radiation. One flyer caught the natural phenonmenon, called aurora borealis, as it lit up the wings of a transatlantic Air Canda flight. The wings glowed red as green lit up the horizon. Scroll down for video Spectacular: An aeroplane's wing is lit up by the Northern Lights. Natural beauty: These rare green and blue northern lights were photographed over the city of Grundarfjorour in Iceland Eerie: A green aurora appears over Svalbard in Norway, an area close to the north pole which is shrouded in darkness for much of the year

Aogashima Aogashima (青ヶ島?) is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea.[1] The island is administered by Tokyo and located approximately 358 kilometres (222 mi) south of Tokyo and 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of Hachijō-jima. It is the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago.[2] The village of Aogashima administers the island under Hachijō Subprefecture of Tokyo Metropolis. As of 2014, the island's population was 170 on almost 9 km2. Geology[edit] Aogashima is a complex Quaternary volcanic island 3.5 km in length with a maximum width of 2.5 km, formed by the overlapping remnants of at least four submarine calderas. Still considered a Class-C active volcano by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the last eruption of Aogashima was during a four-year period from 1781-1785. History[edit] Flag of Aogashima The history of human settlement on Aogashima is uncertain. See also[edit] List of islands of Japan References[edit] External links[edit]

Lifestyle - StumbleUpon We will never tire of the positive effects of nature. Its calming, soothing and inspiring influence will never go out of style. The more we rush, the more time we spend indoors staring at our screens and devices, the more urban our lifestyles become, the more we crave and need time away from it all. It has been amazing to follow the newest solutions to the old dilemmas: How to bring more green space to cities; how to reclaim underused urban land for recreational and other "green" uses; how to provide more and more people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature. Lately, we have seen fantastic examples of how designers and architects, urban planners and citizens' organizations have accomplished both large and small-scale projects, from bringing a bit of greenery, and open space to otherwise bleak surroundings, to large-scale neighborhood-changing undertakings. Getting back to nature is not a new phenomenon.

Kanamara Matsuri Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera. Il grande palanchino Il palanchino in forma di battello Il palanchino Elisabeth senza tetto Voci correlate[modifica | modifica sorgente] Bibliografia[modifica | modifica sorgente] (EN) Lee Khoon Choy, « The Utilitarian 'Gods' », in Japan, between myth and reality, World Scientific, Singapore; River Edge, N.J., 1995, p. 82-84 ISBN 981-021865-6 Collegamenti esterni[modifica | modifica sorgente] festival su ziguline.comYoutube Video del corteo 2007Asia 2803 Resoconto illustrato del Galleria d'immaginider Spiegel Festival di Tyrnavos in Grecia

Fox Village tourists in Japan can feed six breeds of foxes  Entry into Fox Village in Japan costs £4 and visitors can feed animalsFoxes are believed to bring good luck in Japan, their history is celebratedBut visitors warned that foxes are wild animals, and can bite By John Hutchinson for MailOnline Published: 09:53 GMT, 8 February 2015 | Updated: 09:28 GMT, 9 February 2015 With their little faces looking up to the camera, six breeds of foxes stand patiently awaiting their lunch. This is Fox Village, in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, where for less than £4 (700 Japanese Yen) visitors are allowed entry and can feed the animals. Foxes are heralded in Japan, with many believing they have mystical powers, as well as others who believe they bring good luck as they descend from Inari Okami, the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity and rice. The foxes get ready to be fed at the Japanese Fox Village in the Miyagi prefecture Guests are encouraged to feed the foxes, but it's sensible not to put your fingers too close The fox village is split into two sections.