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The Yamashita Standard – A tragedy

Even up to now, I have still doubts as to why Japan entered WWII. The conspiracy theories regarding it are ample and just keep proliferating, but there is considerable evidence to doubt the official...

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Kamikaze – Eastern Fatalism

Official Japanese term for kamikaze units: 特別攻撃隊 (tokubetsu kōgeki tai) or shorter: 特攻隊 (tokkōtai). With a topic this sensitive, where and how to begin is the real question. Ever since they have first flown, they became...

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Kanji study – An opinion…

I got a request for this one, maybe a week ago from a close friend who embarked on the journey of kanji “masterization”. The question he asked me was the suggested method of learning...

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Hikikomori – Individual problem

The term “isolation” is a common term when discussing Japanese history and society. Japan has been secluded from the world until 1858. and Commodore Perry’s entrance. The isolation policy is nothing more than a...

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Vlad Țepeș Dracula – The Wallachian Hero

The birth and rise of Vlad Țepeș: Title: Voivode of Wallachia. Born: 1431,  in Sighișoara. Died: 1476, in present-day Bucharest. The period of Ottoman conquest over the southeastern Europe is characterized by brutality, political intrigue and...

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Popular history – History is not currency

The phrase “History is written by the victors” is something that we received with the coming of the modern age, but constantly abused by some. The byproduct of this, the ominous rise of self-proclaimed...