The week’s links: Jan. 11-18, 2015

Greetings all. Here is a selection of links that I came across this week. Enjoy.

The blog, GaijinPot, dishes out some Japan travel tips with their list of the top 5 must see places in Japan for 2015.

China’s new and very popular television drama, The Empress of China, has been the object of censorship due to the overwhelming amount of cleavage in the show. The period drama was taken off the air temporarily, only to reappear with all of the cleavage cropped out of the shots. The move has drawn widespread ridicule on the Chinese web. The BBC reports.

The New York Times reports on the efforts being made across China to restore many of its ancient relics which are threatened by widespread industrial pollution. Cleanup efforts are underway to restore the colossal Buddhist sculptures at the Yungang and Longmen Grottoes which have been covered in a thick layer of coal dust, and ancient Ming Dynasty structures may be being eroded by acid rain.

The infamous Yakuza crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, turns 100 years old, and it’s history is being recounted in serials by popular Yakuza-centered fanzines according to the Japan Times.