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Cool Japan: Japanese Swords

Along with samurai and ninja, Japanese swords are very popular around the world. Even in Japan, sword fans, mainly composed of young women, are quickly increasing due to a game in which famous swords are personified. The female fans, who are called sword fan girls, visit museums and sword exhibitionsand events are packed full. Many foreigners visit Japan just to see swords. Why are people fascinated with swords? We investigate their appeal.

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Yui and Bailey The Therapy Dog

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In April 2019, 52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, who is totally blind, succeeded in crossing the Pacific Ocean in his sailboat. This program documents both his spectacular achievement of being the first blind person to make the brutal 55-day voyage, and the life experiences that led him there. When he lost his sight at age 16, Iwamoto contemplated suicide but was saved by a seemingly impossible dream: to sail across the Pacific Ocean. 6 years before this documented success, he had attempted a crossing with a popular newscaster that ended in failure when their boat collided with a whale.

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