A bit disturbing but fascinating, are the "Living Mummies" or sokushinbutsu (即身仏)- Buddhist monks who voluntarily ate nothing for years except nuts and bark before drinking poison and entering a tiny sealed room to meditate until death. Less than 24 successfully left behind a preserved body. I have heaps of respect for someone with that much self-control. Not for the faint of heart, more information and pictures here and here.
Song of the Day: This time the notable point is not the song itself, but rather the video. "Karada no V" by the ARROWS is a good song, but the dance featured in the MV is something amazing. "Frog in a Well" by Okayama University Modern Dance Club is based on the saying, 井の中の蛙大海を知らず. The frog in a well knows nothing of the large ocean.