• The folks at Google Maps decided it'd be fun if they added a historical map of Tokyo onto the site's existing map and satellite layers. They were wrong.

    The centuries-old woodblock maps, which are already available online, show which districts of Tokyo once belonged to the city's lowest caste, the burakumin. That class of people--so-called death workers who slaughtered animals and dug graves--was so reviled in ancient Japan that the people living on top of present-day buraku villages, long since vanished, are ashamed and outraged.

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