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Japan’s Space Agency Successfully Lands Rovers On Asteroid

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but this website erupted in a nightmare the other day. Stranger Dimensions went down for nearly a full 24 hours. I’m talking down. I had to use a backup from August 11 to get things running again. Let’s just say it was a fun and enlightening experience, and it’s …

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Robot Dinosaurs Manage Front Desk At Japanese Hotel

There’s a hotel in Japan staffed by robots. But not just any kind of robots. As you walk up to the front desk, you might feel a bit confused when you see the two gesticulating robot dinosaurs greeting you in a handful of languages. Don’t worry; they’re wearing bellboy hats, so you’ll know they’re employees …

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Yuki-Onna, The Snow Ghost of Japan

In Japanese folklore, supernatural entities and phenomena are known as yōkai, and they come in many different shapes and sizes, good and bad. Some are monsters, some are demons. Others are shapeshifters, ghosts, or various inexplicable manifestations. You know, the sorts of things we often cover here. They’re all unique in their own strange ways, but …

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Kuchisake-Onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman

“Watashi kirei?” she asks. Am I pretty? Your answer will determine your fate. Say “No,” and she will cut off your head. Say nothing, and she will cut you in half. Say “Yes,” and she will give you scar, a cut from the corners of your mouth up to your ears, something called the Glasgow …

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Tsunami Survivors See “Ghosts” In Japan

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan in 2011 left many far-reaching scars on the land and its people. The effects of nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the collapsed infrastructure, and the over 15,000 confirmed deaths are still felt to this day. This day, in fact, which marks the …