Kanji: 墓. Radical: 土. Number of strokes: 13. Meaning: “ grave”. Pronunciation: ボ、はかbo, haka.



Kofun 古墳 “ancient grave”
Megalithic tombs in Japan
From 3rd to 7th century CE
Many of them have distinctive keyhole-shaped mounds

Mozu Tombs 百舌鳥古墳群
UNESCO World Heritage Site
a group of megalithic tombs in Sakai
Among which Daisenryo Kofun大仙陵古墳,
The largest kofun in Japan

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Haunted by the Spanish flu, a small town in Arizona fears that history will repeat itself’

“… “Gone but not forgotten”, can we read on the grave of Carl Axel Carlson, who died in 1918 Spanish flu. It was his body, repatriated from the east coast of the United States, which had spread the deadly virus in the Bisbee area, at the time a prosperous mining town in Arizona. A century later, the town is now trembling in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, which threatens its population of retirees and hippies as well as its tourist industry. The Spanish flu "came by train" with Carl Carlson, local historian Mike Anderson told AFP. The soldier had been sent back to Bisbee to be buried there and "two or three days later, he was already killing people", continues Mike Anderson, pointing to other graves dating from 1918 located around his own.” (AFP – 2020/07)

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