The Week’s Links: March 1 – 7, 2015

Insanity! The United States’ ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was stabbed in the face with a 10-inch knife while giving a speech in Seoul on Wednesday. The attacker was opposed to the annual joint US-SK military drills that began this week. SK president Park Geun-hye says the attack was “an attack on the South Korea-U.S. alliance” itself.

Awful and unsettling news out of Kanagawa prefecture in Japan this week as a gang of teens modeling themselves after ISIS murders a young boy and terrorizes the community.

Some more light-hearted news as we wish a happy birthday to the world’s oldest living person, Misao Okawa, who turned 117 years old on Thursday.

And finally, writer Mark Guthrie describes his experience joining in the festivities of the Konomiya Naked Festival in Aichi prefecture. It sounds like a pretty wild time, getting naked, drunk on sake, freezing your ass off, and more or less joining a moshpit of 9000 other naked, drunk dudes in this yearly ritual of cleansing at the Konomiya Shrine.

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Participants in the Konomiya Naked Festival, Hadaka Matsuri, Kanagawa, Aichi, Japan.

 

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