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Japan constructed the world’s most magnificent sound garden

Have you ever been on a hike and just stopped to appreciate the sounds of nature? The sound of the wind, rain dripping through leaves, and birds chirping all combine to make an amazing wild orchestra.

In 2012, Morihiro Harano and his team worked with carpenter Mitsuo Tsuda, and sound engineer Kenjiro Matsuo, to create a giant xylophone elevated throughout the forest.

They made the xylophone in one long straight line and then place a small rubber ball at the top. They let it freely fall down, slowly plunking throughout the natural scenery.

As the xylophone bels out the notes, you might notice the tune being played. Bach's famous Cantana 147, with tempos and intrumental subtleties included.

The wooden symphony pierce through the natural silence of the forest. There wasn't much room for mistakes on this project. One incorrectly placed note could distort the entire performance.

Surprisingly enough, the same day the video was filmed a monster earthquake struck Japan. Afterwards, the xylophone's melody brought about a calming experience for the entire nation.

Nowadays, the forest xylophone has found another home at the Daisetsu Mori-no Garden, Japan's famous Hokkaido Garden Show.

If you visit the forest you can buy your own rubber ball from a vending machine and send it down the xylophone. Due to the fact the boards can rot, they have to close on rainy days.

Enjoy watching Morihiro Harano's rubber ball perform Bach's Cantana 147 below!

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Why the strongest women often feel so broken inside

Radiating strength and confidence, she seems impervious to the stress and pressures of life. Her problems never look real, even if they are the same problems that tear you to pieces.

No matter what life throws at her- career stumbles, failed romances, family squabbles, you name it- they all roll off of her like water off of a duck's back. Somehow despite it all, she maintains an impeccable veneer of calm and contentment.

Her smile is guaranteed to light up every room she enters. Not only does she remember every special occasion, but she's the first one to show up with a beautifully wrapped and thought out gift.

She's not just the first one to volunteer, but she stays afterward to clean up and make sure everyone has a safe way home.

On the surface, her life is perfect. She has it all. Everything happens as if she planned her life down to the millisecond.

She is a role model not just for young women, but for all women. By all accounts, she is flawless.

But what people fail to realize is that she oozes power and confidence because that is precisely the persona she wants the world to see. It's because she's strong and successful.

But little do they know, that's exactly what she decides to display of her. But behind her carefully constructed wall lies a heart that is holding in the darkness she doesn't want the world to see.

Her pain is locked away, deep down in places nobody could find. And even if they did scratch the surface of her pain, there is no way they could fathom the depths of her sorrow.

After all, why would anyone think she even can feel pain when all anyone sees is energetic bliss?

The only way anyone could begin to comprehend her pain would be to see her at that moment when she collapses on the bed all alone, the darkness her only companion.

She seeks solace in sleep, but the nightmares chase away any chance of relief. Her vulnerabilities bubble to the surface, and it is all she can do not to drown.

She chooses to suffer the slings and arrows of life in solitude, assuming a burden that nobody should have to endure alone. Her resistance comes not from a place of vanity or narcissism, but from abject fear.

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Because everyone believes she is living her best life without any effort or struggle, she does everything in her power to fulfill that perception. Ironically, her perfect life is the roadblock to that very goal.

Despite her perceived invincibility, she is emotionally rotting from within. She is a ticking time bomb.

But in the midst of all of her internal chaos, she loses sight of one critical fact. She is not only powerful, but she has an inner strength far beyond her realization.

She is the person everyone sees because every morning she wakes up and locks her darkest thoughts away. They don't beat her; she overcomes them.

Every single day the battle begins again, but she not only never fails to fight, she never fails to win. And that drive and willingness to sustain the fight makes her every bit as amazing on the inside as she appears on the outside.

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