Hiroshima

The bombing of Hiroshima by the US is modern history, but after the bombings, Hiroshima the city slowly slid out of the Western mind. The bombings were behind fifty years of growth, healing, and history when I was born, but even then, all I knew of Hiroshima was the destruction and enormous casualties. A lot can happen in 70 years, though.

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Snowy Adventures

You know them: the monkeys that live somewhere in Japan, spending the cold winters soaking in natural hot springs with snow piling up on their furry heads. When I was little, I only knew these creatures from magazines like National Geographic and Smithsonian, so I assumed that the possibly-mythical monkeys were accessible only to intrepid wildlife photographers who trekked miles through the snow.

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