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Sentō
SENTō (銭湯) is a type of Japanese communal bath house where customers pay for entrance. Traditionally these bath houses have been quite utilitarian, with a tall barrier separating the sexes within one large room, a minimum of lined up faucets on both sides and a single large bath for the already washed bathers to sit in among others. Since the second half of the 20th century, these communal bath houses have been decreasing in numbers as more and more Japanese residences now have baths. Some Japanese find social importance in going to public baths, out of the theory that physical proximity/intimacy brings emotional intimacy, which is termed skinship in pseudo-English Japanese. Others go to a sentō because they live in a small housing facility without a private bath or to enjoy bathing in a spacious room and to relax in saunas or jet baths that often accompany new or renovated sentōs
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Yakuza
Principal clans * Yamaguchi-gumi * Sumiyoshi-kai * Inagawa-kai YAKUZA (ヤクザ, ), also known as GOKUDō (極道, "the ultimate path"), are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan
Japan
. The Japanese police , and media by request of the police, call them BōRYOKUDAN (暴力団, "violent groups"), while the yakuza call themselves "NINKYō DANTAI" (任侠団体 or 仁侠団体, "chivalrous organizations"). The yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and organized fiefdom -nature. They have a large presence in the Japanese media and operate internationally with an estimated 102,000 members
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Legionella
Legionella adelaidensis Legionella anisa Legionella beliardensis Legionella birminghamensis Legionella bozemanae
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Chlorine
CHLORINE is a chemical element with symbol CL and atomic number 17. The second-lightest of the halogens , it appears between fluorine and bromine in the periodic table and its properties are mostly intermediate between them. Chlorine
Chlorine
is a yellow-green gas at room temperature. It is an extremely reactive element and a strong oxidising agent : among the elements, it has the highest electron affinity and the third-highest electronegativity , behind only oxygen and fluorine. The most common compound of chlorine, sodium chloride (common salt), has been known since ancient times. Around 1630, chlorine gas was first synthesised in a chemical reaction, but not recognised as a fundamentally important substance. Carl Wilhelm Scheele wrote a description of chlorine gas in 1774, supposing it to be an oxide of a new element
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Buddhism
BUDDHISM ( /ˈbʊdɪzəm/ or /ˈbuːdɪzəm/ ) is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions , beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha
Buddha
. Buddhism
Buddhism
originated in Ancient India
Ancient India
sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia
Asia
, whereafter it declined in India
India
during the Middle Ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism
Buddhism
are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada ( Pali : "The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ( Sanskrit : "The Great Vehicle"). Buddhism
Buddhism
is the world\'s fourth-largest religion , with over 500 million followers or 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists
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Hokkaidō
HOKKAIDO (北海道, Hokkaidō, literally "Northern Sea Circuit ") (Japanese: ( listen )), formerly known as EZO, YEZO, YESO, or YESSO, is the second largest island of Japan
Japan
, and the largest and northernmost prefecture . The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido
Hokkaido
from Honshu
Honshu
. The two islands are connected by the undersea railway Seikan Tunnel . The largest city on Hokkaido
Hokkaido
is its capital, Sapporo
Sapporo
, which is also its only ordinance-designated city . About 43 km north of Hokkaido
Hokkaido
lies Sakhalin
Sakhalin
island, Russia
Russia
, whereas to its east and north-east are the disputed Kuril Islands
Kuril Islands

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1923 Great Kantō Earthquake
The GREAT KANTō EARTHQUAKE (関東大震災, Kantō daishinsai) struck the Kantō Plain on the Japanese main island of Honshū at 11:58:44 JST (02:58:44 UTC ) on Saturday, September 1, 1923. Varied accounts indicate the duration of the earthquake was between four and ten minutes. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.9 on the moment magnitude scale (Mw), with its focus deep beneath Izu Ōshima Island in Sagami Bay . The cause was a rupture of part of the convergent boundary where the Philippine Sea Plate
Philippine Sea Plate
is subducting beneath the Okhotsk Plate along the line of the Sagami Trough
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Shampoo
SHAMPOO (/ʃæmˈpuː/ ) is a hair care product, typically in the form of a viscous liquid, that is used for cleaning hair . Less commonly, shampoo is available in bar form, like a bar of soap. Shampoo
Shampoo
is used by applying it to wet hair, massaging the product into the hair, and then rinsing it out. Some users may follow a shampooing with the use of hair conditioner . The goal of using shampoo is to remove the unwanted build-up in the hair without stripping out so much sebum as to make hair unmanageable. Shampoo
Shampoo
is generally made by combining a surfactant , most often sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate , with a co-surfactant, most often cocamidopropyl betaine in water
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Pumice
PUMICE ( /ˈpʌmᵻs/ ), called PUMICITE in its powdered or dust form, is a volcanic rock that consists of highly vesicular rough textured volcanic glass, which may or may not contain crystals. It is typically light colored. Scoria is another vesicular volcanic rock that differs from pumice in having larger vesicles, thicker vesicle walls and being dark colored and denser. Pumice
Pumice
is created when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from a volcano . The unusual foamy configuration of pumice happens because of simultaneous rapid cooling and rapid depressurization. The depressurization creates bubbles by lowering the solubility of gases (including water and CO2 ) that are dissolved in the lava, causing the gases to rapidly exsolve (like the bubbles of CO2 that appear when a carbonated drink is opened)
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Cosmetics
COSMETICS are substances or products used to enhance or alter the appearance or fragrance of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use of applying to the face and hair. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds ; some being derived from natural sources (such as coconut oil ), and some being synthetics. Common cosmetics include lipstick , mascara , eye shadow , foundation , rouge , skin cleansers and skin lotions , shampoo , hairstyling products (gel , hair spray , etc.), perfume and cologne . Cosmetics
Cosmetics
applied to the face to enhance its appearance are often called MAKE-UP or MAKEUP
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India
INDIA, officially the REPUBLIC OF INDIA (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia . It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people ), and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal
Bengal
on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan
Pakistan
to the west; China
China
, Nepal
Nepal
, and Bhutan
Bhutan
to the northeast; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India
India
is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and the Maldives
Maldives

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China
CHINA, officially the PEOPLE\'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC), is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia and the world\'s most populous country , with a population of over 1.381 billion . Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres (3.7 million square miles), it is the world's second-largest state by land area and third- or fourth-largest by total area . Governed by the Communist Party of China
China
, it exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces , five autonomous regions , four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin
Tianjin
, Shanghai
Shanghai
, and Chongqing
Chongqing
) and the Special Administrative Regions
Special Administrative Regions
Hong Kong and Macau
Macau
, also claiming sovereignty over Taiwan
Taiwan

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Tokugawa Shogunate
The TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE, also known as the TOKUGAWA BAKUFU (徳川幕府) and the EDO BAKUFU (江戸幕府), was the last feudal Japanese military government, which existed between 1600 and 1868. The head of government was the shogun , and each was a member of the Tokugawa clan
Tokugawa clan
. The Tokugawa shogunate
Tokugawa shogunate
ruled from Edo
Edo
Castle and the years of the shogunate became known as the Edo
Edo
period . This time is also called the Tokugawa period or pre-modern (Kinsei (近世))
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Prostitution
PROSTITUTION is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment either as money, goods, services, or some other benefit agreed upon by the transacting parties. Prostitution
Prostitution
is sometimes described as COMMERCIAL SEX or HOOKING. Depending on the jurisdiction, prostitution law may deem commercial sex to be legal or illegal. A person who works in this field is called a prostitute, and is a type of sex worker . Prostitution
Prostitution
is one branch of the sex industry , along with pornography , stripping , and erotic dancing . The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country (sometimes from region to region within a given country), ranging from being permissible but unregulated, to an enforced or unenforced crime, or a regulated profession. It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession" in the English-speaking world
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Soapland
SOAPLAND (ソープランド, SōPURANDO), or sōpu, is a Japanglish word constructed from the two English words "soap " and "land" and is part of Japan's nighttime entertainment industry, also known as Mizu shōbai . Since sexual intercourse for money is officially prohibited in Japan , many different types of brothels in Japan
Japan
have been developed. Although the main clientele for soaplands are males, there are also a few soaplands specifically for female clients. There are various kinds of soaplands, and they are usually located in complexes with varying numbers of soaplands
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Kansai
The KANSAI REGION (関西地方, Kansai-chihō) or the KINKI REGION (近畿地方, Kinki-chihō) lies in the southern-central region of Japan
Japan
's main island Honshū . The region includes the prefectures of Mie , Nara , Wakayama , Kyoto
Kyoto
, Osaka
Osaka
, Hyōgo and Shiga , sometimes Fukui , Tokushima and Tottori . While the use of the terms "Kansai" and "Kinki" have changed over history, in most modern contexts the use of the two terms is interchangeable. The urban region of Osaka
Osaka
, Kobe and Kyoto
Kyoto</