Midnight In The Desert — Japan

Japanese Pet Spa Offers to Exorcise Your Possessed Dog

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Japanese Pet Spa Offers to Exorcise Your Possessed Dog

The D+ Kirishima spa in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture is believed to be the first one in the world to offer a “Pet Dog Exorcism Plan”. The ritual is performed by a Shinto priest at the revered Shingariyu shrine. “Seven-year-old, 10-year-old, and 13-year-old dogs need to be careful of their health, as it’s easier in those years for them to gets diseases of aging,” the D+ Kirishima website reads. To help improve their condition, the spa offers an exorcism plant performed by an actual Shinto priest, which allegedly drives away the evil spirits wreaking havoc on the animal’s health. The Pet...

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This Is the Last Thing Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite Saw Before It Died

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This Is the Last Thing Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite Saw Before It Died

Earlier this year, Japan launched a groundbreaking black-hole-monitoring satellite—only to lose control of it almost immediately under strange circumstances. Now, we finally can see what Hitomi did right before it died. When JAXA launched Hitomi in February of this year, scientists were giddy over the possibilities of what the black hole monitoring satellite might tell us about the mysteries of the universe. It was only up there a month when something went wrong. A series of unfortunate events caused by both human errors and software flaws sent the satellite spinning out of control. Despite attempts to regain control, Hitomi continued...

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The Power of Collective Memory

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The Power of Collective Memory

In China, people remember the period from roughly 1849 to 1949 as the “century of humiliation.” The time was turbulent, from the First Opium War (a defeat by the British) through many other defeats and unfavorable treaties in which Chinese people were dominated by the Japanese, French and English. Although the century was declared over in 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was established, the Chinese remember the sting of those times and still interpret modern events through them. For example, in 1999 during the NATO bombing of Belgrade as a part of the war in (former) Yugoslavia, U.S....

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Man "Possessed by Snake" Dies After Attempted Exorcism By Head-Butting

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Man "Possessed by Snake" Dies After Attempted Exorcism By Head-Butting

A 23 year old Japanese man died on Friday after his father attempted to exorcise his “snake demon” by biting and head-butting him. Takuya Nagaya’s mother thought her son was acting far too strangely when visiting on Thursday, behaving “erratically” and rambling on about being a snake, while slithering about on the floor. Clearly worried about the boy, she made a frantic call to his 53 year old father, Katsumi Nagaya, who proceeded to beat Takuya to death over the course of two days. According to The Mail Online, when police asked Katsumi why he killed his son, he answered...

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Sky Magic Live at Mt. Fuji: Drone Entertainment Show

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Sky Magic Live at Mt. Fuji: Drone Entertainment Show

Beautiful backdrop of the world heritage site Mt. Fuji was used to stage the first Live performance using MIDI controlled LED flying machines, accompanied by Shamisens, the Japanese traditional guitars. This was done so by utilising more than 20 units of these flying machines, flight swarming formations, music, and 16,500 LED lights to combine into a single audio visual extravaganza. Furthermore, we are able to control the flying machines, visual and audio aspects concurrently, using the DMX512.

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