Why does the Tobacco and Salt Museum in Tokyo combine two such random products?

They were government monopolies under the control of the same government ministry, who like most Japanese government bodies set up a museum.

Highly recommended, btw, second only to The Meguro Parasitological Museum for quirky museums in Tokyo I have been to. You can find the official page of the Tobacco and Salt Museum here and lots more quirky museums here.

Why does karate have less philosophical bs than other Japanese martial arts?

It was being used as a practical way for the Okinawans to defend themselves from the Japanese invaders at a time when the Japanese samurai had had 200 years of peace to get all navelgazy about kendo, kyudo etc

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