November 20, 2020

Japanese Village Hosts “Water Hose Festival” To Test Its Impressive Fire Extinguishing System

Twice a year, the picturesque and quiet village of Kayabuki no Sato puts on a popular water display. Though the event does attract tourists, its true purpose is to test the 62 fire extinguishers scattered across the historic site. Just before the houses (and the passersby) are doused with water, small huts designed in the traditional style of the village open up their roofs to reveal hidden mechanical sprinklers.

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October 15, 2020

A Closed Machu Picchu Reopens Just Once For Stranded Young Tourist

Most travelers dream of visiting the 15th-century Incan city of Machu Picchu. Traveler Jesse Katayama was excited to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site nestled 8,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains, but it was closed to tourists due to the coronavirus pandemic. Months later—with the help of the Peruvian government—the young Japanese traveler finally got the chance to visit the famed site, which opened just for him.

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