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Sardines Substitute for Cherry Blossoms at Aquarium Event (Japan in Photos)

A Yokohama aquarium provides a pink flurry of sardines for those who cannot wait for cherry blossom season. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise features 70,000 sardines lit up in pink at its Haru no Rakuen (Spring Paradise) event, which runs from March 4 to May 7. (© Jiji)

Skid Row, Yokohama: Homelessness and Welfare in JapanTom Gill

Several major Japanese cities have a slum district known as a doya-gai. The word doya is a venerable piece of Japanese street slang. It is the word yado (an inn) reversed, and it means a cheap lodging place. The nearest English equivalent would be “skid row”—in both cases, we are talking about a slum that is populated almost exclusively by men. The most famous ones in Japan are Kamagasaki, in Osak…

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