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Fireflies in Nagano, Japan | Akinori Koseki I don't see fireflies anymore. Are they still common in Japan?

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Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

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Yushkep Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (Goddess) of the Spiders in Japanese mythology. She is also known as Ashketanne Mat (Long-fingered Woman). She is the familiar of female shamans and is called upon to aid in childbirth. Yushkep Kamuy is a benevolent and wise figure in Ainu (an indigenous people of Japan) mythology.

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Lady Hangaku (坂額御前 Hangaku Gozen?) was a female warrior samurai, one of the relatively few Japanese warrior women commonly known in history or classical literature.

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To finish off this dramatic look the teeth would be stained black with a mixture of oxidized iron steeped in an acidic solution. The custom of teeth blackening ended in the Meiji era and is now only used by kabuki actors and by maiko (training geishas) for the week before they become geiko. The romantic look of the Heian era was then adopted by the courtesans of the pleasure quarters trying to recapture the elegance typical of the long gone “Golden Era”.

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