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Japanese Researchers Capture Giant Squid

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TOKYO  —  A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a  giant squid  live — possibly for the first time — and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday. The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the  Ogasawara Islands  south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24 feet long, died while it was being caught. • Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Natural Science Center. "We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future." Giant squid, formally called  Architeuthis , are the world's largest invertebrates. Because they live in the depths of the ocean, they have long been wrapped in mystery a

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Japan Red Fox, Hokkaido Fox, Kitsune, 狐 - The Animals, The History, and The Myths

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Kitsune (狐 ?, IPA: [kitsɯne])(Kitsune.ogg Pronunciation) (help·info) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; kitsune usually refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives. Foxes and human beings lived in close proximity in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as his messengers. This role has reinforced the fox's supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and inf

Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), Ōsanshōuo (オオサンショ�ウオ/大山椒魚 )

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The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is endemic to Japan, where it is known as Ōsanshōuo (オオサンショウウオ/大山椒魚 ?). With a length of up to almost 1.5 meters (5 ft),[1] it is the second largest salamander in the world, only being surpassed by the very similar and closely related Chinese giant salamander (A. davidianus). Behavior The Japanese giant salamander, being restricted to streams with clear cool water, is entirely aquatic and nocturnal. It has a very poor eyesight, and therefore depends on special sensory nodes on its forehead to detect even the slightest movement in the water. It feeds mainly on insects, frogs and fish. As it has a very slow metabolism and lacks natural competitors, it is a long-lived species, with the record being an individual that lived in the Natura Artis Magistra, the Netherlands, for 52 years. A captive Japanese giant salamander History The Japanese giant salamander was first catalogued by Europeans when the resident physician of Dejima island in Nag

Kai Ken (甲斐犬 ,also called the Tora Inu or Tiger Dog)

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The Kai Ken (甲斐犬 ,also called the Tora Inu or Tiger Dog) is a breed of dog that hails from Japan where it is a national treasure and has been bred for centuries. It is an extremely rare dog even in its native land and is related to the Spitz dog type. Description and Appearance The Kai Ken is a medium sized dog with a wedge shaped head and prick ears. Males are typically 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder, while the females are slightly smaller, 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder. The tail may be curled over the back, or carried in a sickle position. Limbs should be strong and hocks should be well developed reflecting the dogs' history of mountain life. The coat is of harsh texture, medium length, and black or brindle in color. Its coat could be red or black at the "background". The red is the Aka-tora, the black is the Kuro-tora and between them, the Chu-tora. Temperament The Kai Ken is intelligent, agile, alert and brave. They are naturally hunters and make good guard dogs, b

Kai Ken - The Oldest and Purest Japanese Dog Breed

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The Kai Ken is also called the Tora (Tiger) Dog, and it is debatable whether the breed's brindle coloring or fierce temperament contributed to this name. History: The Kai Ken was developed in Japan around the 1700s. The name comes from the ancient province in which it originated, and that today is in the prefecture of Yamanashi. Kai Ken were originally bred to hunt wild boar and deer in the mountainous country of the area, but are not commonly used in this capacity in modern times. The breed was first seen in the US in 1951, but did not become established for some years after that first importation. They are still not common except in their native Japan. It was thought that the breed (along with many others) was declining in numbers after the influx of western breeds such as the Pointer and the German Shepherd after the First World War. In the 1930s, a study done by Mr Harao Isogai attempted to categorize and revive the native Japanese breed, and they are at no risk of extinction

Kai Ken

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Origin The Kai Ken originated in the Kai district, now known as the Yaminashi Prefecture in Japan. The Kai is also known as the Tora Inu meaning Tiger dog in Japanese because of its brindle coloring.Little is known here in the United States about the Kai's history but it is thought in Japan that the Kai's ancestors may have lived in Southeast Asia some 4000 years ago. It is believed that the Kai was originally wild and was domesticated in order to help the" Matagi" or ancient Japanese hunters.They believe the Kai Ken is a natural born hunter. Purpose The Kai Ken has been primarily used in Japan for hunting wild boar and deer in the steep mountains. The Kai is an excellent climber and swimmer and have been known to climb mountains and swim deep rivers in search of game. Types of Kai Originally in Jan there were two types of Kai . The shishi-inu-gata which was a stockier,thicker framed dog with a bear type face used more for boar hunting, and the shika-inu-gata which is

Japanese giant flying squirrel ( Petaurista leucogenys, Japanese: ムササビ: musasabi )

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The Japanese giant flying squirrel (Petaurista leucogenys, Japanese: ムササビ: musasabi) is a type of flying squirrel. Like other flying squirrels it has a web of skin between its legs which it uses to glide between trees. Glides of 160 meters have been recorded. The tail is used for stability during flight. The body is about 25–50cm long, and the tail a further 30–40cm. It weighs between 700 and 1500g. It is much larger than the related Japanese dwarf flying squirrel which does not exceed 220g. The squirrel is endemic to the islands of Honshū, Kyūshū and Shikoku in Japan. It eats fruit and nuts and lives in holes in large trees. The female has a home range of about a hectare and the male about two hectares. Sexual maturity is reached after about two years. From winter to early summer the males compete for females. During mating, after ejaculation, the male produces a sticky protein called a coitus plug from his penis which becomes firm and blocks the female's vagina. This may stop sem

Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel

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The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys momonga, Japanese: モモンガ: momonga) is a type of flying squirrel. Its body is 14–20cm long and the tail length is 10–14cm. It weighs 150–220g. It is much smaller than the Japanese giant flying squirrel which can reach 1500g. Its back is covered with grey brown hair, and its belly is white. It has large eyes and a flattened tail. It inhabits sub-alpine forests in Japan. It is nocturnal, and during the day it rests in holes in trees. It eats seeds, fruit, tree leaves, buds and bark. It can leap from tree to tree using a gliding membrane. It faces threats from habitat destruction. http://Japan-Domains.com - Purchase Domain Names Worldwide http://www.Japan-Domains.net - Start Your Own Internet Company http://bushidobryan.fotki.com - My Photos and Videos http://Japan-Venture-Capital.blogspot.com - Investment Opinions and News

Rare Tosa Fighting Dog

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The Tosa (土佐 ?, also called the Tosa Ken) is a breed of dog of Japanese origin that is considered rare. It was originally bred in Tosa (present day Kochi ) as a fighting dog and still is today. The Tosa varies considerably in size, with the Japanese-bred dogs tending to be about half the size of those bred outside the country. The Japanese breed generally weighs between 80 and 120 lb, while the non-Japanese breeders have focused on dogs that weigh from 130 to 200 lb (89.5 to 100 kg) and stand 24.5 to 32 inches (62 to 82 cm) at the withers.[1] (Citation needed, as many heavyweight Japanese fighting dogs are recorded around 200lb) The coat is characterized by its short and smooth appearance and is often red, brindle, or fawn. Occasionally it can be a dull black, but this is somewhat rare. Maintenance of the coat is usually minimal. Temperament The Tosa has unmatched loyalty to its master and is very good with children and people it knows. They are an intelligent breed that know when ther