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The Man with First-Ever Master’s Degree in Ninja Studies

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A man in Japan has become the first person to hold a master’s degree in ninja studies. The man has completed the course that involved learning martial art skills and climbing mountains like a real ninja.

Genichi Mitsuhashi, who spend two years learning and studying at Mie University about the fighting techniques, history, and traditions of ninjas.

According to Japan Times, Mie University has set up the first-ever research center devoted to the ninja back in 2017. A year later, a graduate course was open to learning.

It was located in Iga, a place where many ninja lives a long time ago.

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“Iga is where Ninja used to live. The climate of this area created the very nature of ninja,” said Mitsuhashi.
To better understand how ninjas lived, Mitsuhashi has moved to the mountainous province of Iga, 220 miles from Tokyo. It is believed that he runs a local inn and has his own dojo, teaching ninja skills to people.

“I read that ninjas worked as farmers in the morning and trained in martial arts in the afternoon,” added Mitsuhashi.

He then grew vegetables on his own in Iga while honing his ninja techniques. “With this combination, I thought I could learn about the real ninja,” he said.

Yuji Yamada, a professor of ninja studies in the university even surprised by Mitsuhasi’s dedication to learning ninjas.

“We provide historical classes and courses on ninja skills. But I didn’t expect him to engage to this extent like a real living ninja,” said Yamada.

To learn about the course, students have to take an exam on Japanese history and a reading test on historical ninja documents.

“We get many inquiries from overseas but I have to say one thing: This is a course to learn about the ninja, not to become one,” added Yamada.

Mitsuhashi, who wants to continue his ninja studies in a doctoral degree also added that the course has made him learned about past and present.

“Living independently for your own survival and prosperity is important for modern Japan. The world for each of us is not global, but local. The era for globalism is over.” he said.

Source: CNN, Japan Times

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Ariana Grande And Dalton Gomez Are Officially Married In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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Famous singer, Ariana Grande was confirmed to have secretly married her partner, Dalton Gomez last weekend. Sources close to the singer told the international media, the wedding was attended by less than 20 guests and it was very intimate and filled with a lot of love.

“They got married. It was tiny and intimate – less than 20 people.

“The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier,” said the representative for the singer.

It is reported that the wedding ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito.

News of Ariana and Gomez’s romance began to gossip in February last year after the popular singer broke up with her ex-boyfriend Mikey Foster.

A month later, Ariana started sharing her happiness with Gomez on Instagram.

In May last year, Ariana and Gomez were more open about their love story when they both appeared in the music video of Ariana’s duet song with Justin Bieber, Stuck With U.

Ariana and Dalton were engaged before Christmas and had spent a lot of time together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sources: BBC, People, TMZ

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Majority Of Malaysians Still Adhere To SOP, But Some Are Tired

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SHAH ALAM, May 18  –The recent viral on social media of pictures and videos of various quarters violating the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) has sparked public outrage, especially with the high number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the country.

Nevertheless, majority of Malaysians are steadfast in adhering to the SOPs set by the government, which they have been doing since last year and has now become part of the new norms in their daily life.

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) counseling psychologist Dr Fauziah Mohd Saad said this could be seen during the recent Hari Raya celebration which saw majority of the people complying with the government’s directive not to go on house visits.

“However, in terms of enforcement, there must be empowerment by the authorities such as by the management of shopping centres in controlling the number of patrons at their premises which should control the number of visitors,” she told Bernama.

A survey by Bernama at shopping malls in Shah Alam found there were not as many people at the premises as had been viralled on the on social media last weekend in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.

A counselling and motivation expert, Hushim Salleh, opined that the SOP violation by some people was  because they had been under the movement control order for too long, causing them to feel restricted.

“They are suffering from pandemic exhaustion to the point of triggering psychological and emotional effects that bring to a level where they no longer care about the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not that they do not know about the number of the COVID-19 infections and advice on complying with the SOPs as all the information can be obtained from their smartphones.

“It is the current situation that can sometimes leads to irrational thinking,” he added.

Selangor still recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,650 new cases recorded yesterday.

An expert in public health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr Malina Osman regarded the SOP non-compliance by some quarters in Selangor, especially in Shah Alam, as the cause of the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, a survey by Bernama at the COVID-19 Assessment Center (CAC) at the Malawati Stadium near here found that the situation was no longer as crowded as was viralled on social media before.

This followed a decision by the state government in setting up tents outside the CAC for the convenience of patients and staff.

Sources: BERNAMA

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(Video) 5 Recommended Moisturizers To Get From Your Nearest Drugstore

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Moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine. It is to keep your skin hydrated and away from blemishes, dullness, dryness, and more. A good moisturizer will lock in moisture on your skin and moisturizing your skin regularly, it will make your skin looks brighter and younger.

A girl posted a video of recommended moisturizers for oily or combination and acne-prone skin that can be bought from the drugstore and it was really helpful because skincare products from the drugstore are mostly affordable and the products mentioned are the ones with good reviews and high ratings.

@skincarethreadmyMoisturizer recommendation drugstore version! ✨ #pendidikankulit #skincare #skincaretips #buwatjetiktok #fyp #fypdongggggggg #tiktokmalaysia

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These are five moisturizers that you can get from your nearest drugstore:

1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Rating: 4.3/5

Price: RM66.90

It is formulated with Patented Superior Technology with 5% Prebiotic Kiwi yeast extract that will hydrates skin up to 72 hours. This moisturizer will also stimulate the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid.

2) Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Plus Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM29.90

It is infused with Prebiotic from France and Rice Water from Korea that will soothe skin by 96.9% and keep your skin moisturized for up to 24 hours.

3) Hada Labo Hydrating Snow Dew

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM73.20

It contains ceramide that can strengthen the skin barrier and four types of hyaluronic acid for perfectly moisturized skin.

4) Bio Essence Water Gel

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Rating: 4/5

Price: RM57.90

This moisturizer helps skin to repair, replenish and renew itself. It also enhances the intake of oxygen to let the skin breathe making it active and energized.

5) Safi Acne Solutions Soothing Gel Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM26.00

It has a non-oily formula that is lightweight and water-based. It is also pH balanced and absorbs quickly which is suitable for oily skin types. The main ingredients are AHA, BHA, and Neem.

Sources: TikTok

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