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Chestnut-cheeked Starling or Violet-backed Starling or Red-cheeked Starling; or Japanese Small Starling or Red-cheeked Myna(Sturnus philippensis). Breeds on south Sakhalin Island (Russia), northern Japan and several small islands in the Sea of Japan (like Askold Island, off Vladivostok). Winters on Ryukyu Islands (Japan), the Philippines and northern Borneo. Fairly common in Japan, uncommon in other parts.


The Oldest (known) Human Image The Great Mother, most ancient goddess, shaped from rock by our ancestors 1/4 million to 3/4 million years ago. Until the past few decades, the famous Willendorf Goddess, carved of bone 30,000 years ago, was held to be the earliest human-crafted work of art and veneration. The Acheulian Goddess predates Willendorf by an amazing quarter-million years, and may be as old as 800,000 years!It is remarkable to note the similarities

from Travel on the Brain

Get the Most out of Travelling Japan for Two Weeks

from BBC News

Study reveals 'extraordinary' DNA of people in Scotland

Study reveals 'extraordinary' DNA of people in Scotland - The DNA of people living in Scotland has "extraordinary" and "unexpected" diversity, according to a new study.


Kyoto - Philosopher's Path a pedestrian path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji.