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Contributed by Jordan Griffin

Some shocking stats in this article. Like 45% of Japanese women between ages 16 - 24 weren't interested in sex, and more than 25% of men felt the same. They're just not producing enough babies to offset the aging population.

Contributed by Chuck Kao

Nara Park

Nara Park is the most iconic sight for Japanese citizens and tourists. Nara Park, as the name suggests, is a beautiful park with wondrous architecture, plant life, and even sika deer. The deer have been residents of the park for hundreds of years. They are considered a sacred animal. Wherever you go a deer is in sight often eating grass, or lying in the sun. There is nothing to fear from the deer; they are not like most deer that will run away upon sighting a human or try to defend themselves. The deer are used to human's presence and even contact; the animals have even learned to mimic humans, bowing when someone bows at them. Around Nara Park there are many stores where you can buy deer crackers to feed the animals.

Contributed by Tearra Brown

Okashi

The making of a popular Japanese pastry, Taiyaki, at a department store.

Contributed by Stephanie Federman

Sakura

Cherry blossom tress in bloom at Ohira Shrine- Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture

Contributed by Stephanie Federman

Lonely and in Japan? Rent a middle-aged man for $10 an hour

Amongst the many odd rental places in Japan is a place called " Ossan Rental" in which you can rental a middle-aged man. What for ? Just about anything , walk , talk with, or even play video games.

Contributed by Tomias Scott

I thought this song was beautiful! Wish we could sing this at graduation!

Contributed by Paulette McDurfee

East Garden of the Imperial Palace.

Contributed by Empriś Durden

East Garden of the Imperial Palace.

Contributed by Empriś Durden

Bamboo in the East Garden and Imperial Palace

Contributed by Empriś Durden