If you’ve ever been to Japan or other parts of Asia, you’ve probably seen the small maneki-neko ornament waving at you from store windows and restaurants. Also known as the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat, and beckoning cat, the maneki-neko figurine is believed to bring good fortune to businesses.
The world wouldn’t be the place it is today without the sacrifices of those who have come before us.
Isaac Newton is known for his work on gravity and calculus, among his many accomplishments.
As the national dress of Japan, kimonos have a long and colorful history. While today, the costume is being incorporated in modern streetwear, the traditional version of the robe is still celebrated. A new exhibition in Japan explores the evolution of women's kimonos over its 1,500-year history.
Today, candlelight is primarily used for romantic dinners or temporary solutions in power outages.
The bust of Nefertiti is one of the most famous icons of Ancient Egypt, yet the queen herself is still...
Japanese rock gardens—or Zen gardens—are one of the most recognizable aspects of Japanese culture. Intended to stimulate meditation, these beautiful gardens (also known as dry landscapes) strip nature to its bare essentials and primarily use sand and rocks to bring out the meaning of life.
The book Wuthering Heights is a commonly read piece of literature in high school or college.
Most authors find themselves adding elements of their own personality and personal history to their characters—whether they do so consciously or not. Among the great semi-autobiographical characters of modern times is Jo March, the central protagonist of the enduring classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Like Jo, Alcott was one of four close-knit sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century. The similarities do not stop there.
One of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf was an incredible literary figure who was far...
European explorers “discovered” Antarctica in the 1820s.