Across the vast continent of Asia there are many isolated corners and remote outposts.

Usually the power of Google Maps and Street View lets you zoom into these distant parts of the world, but even so, there are many unexplained mysteries in this region.

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We’ve travelled virtually from Japan to Kazakhstan via the recently photographed North Korea to pick out some of the strangest sights from across the continent.

Pigeon People, Japan

Pigeon people

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Street View cars capture some bizarre sights as they drive around. However, the 360-degree camera rig certainly saw a strange scene when it caught these folks performing pigeon role-play at Tamagawa-Josui Station near Tokyo, Japan.

The hobby is apparently popular in Japan, but the Google Street View cars haven’t been back since March 2013. Can you blame them?

Devil-worship in Kazakhstan?


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It certainly looks eerie – strange, satanic symbols that have been scorched into the ground in the extremely remote Lisakovsk region of Kazakhstan.

But this is no satanic stronghold - the rational answer, according to an historian, is that it's actually a park built back in the country's Soviet era where paths were inspiringly laid out in the shape of a star, and not a gigantic 1,200ft pentagram.

Taipei, Taiwan


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This facility is the Republic of China Air Force in the Daan District of Taiwan’s Taipei. Can you see anything suspicious? 

Look closely at the colours of the trees and you'll see that the space is shaded differently to surrounding areas, which could mean that this view has been replaced with a doctored image.

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Blacked out island, East Siberian Sea

Russia blacked out

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There is a censored island off the coast of Russia in the East Siberian Sea. Reddit users have identified it as Jeannette Island, but they do not seem to have an answer as to why the area is blacked out.

It was discovered by US steamer in June, 1881 and claimed as American territory by the Jeannette Arctic Expedition.

A popular conspiracy is that the US still owns this group of islands in the Arctic, but it’s just a theory as US does not recognise them as part of their nation, according to borders ratified in 1990 in the Maritime Boundary Treaty.  

Abandoned plane on Diomede Island, Bering Strait


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On Big Diomede, one of the two islands that lie in the 55-mile strait between Russia and Alaska, you can see a plane sitting in the middle of a patch of barren land; follow the tracks next to the aircraft and you'll pass what seems to be a helipad on the way up to a small collection of buildings - a weather station and border patrol centre. 

The plane is likely to be a remnant of the Cold War where the section of the border between the US and the USSR which separates Soviet Big Diomede with American Little Diomede became known as the Ice Curtain.

North Korea

North Korea

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The secretive Communist nation of North Korea was only put on Google Maps in 2013, and the details that are revealed give an insight into what life is like under Kim Jong-un.

The capital Pyongyang is captured in great detail by satellite cameras. As well as the 114,000-capacity May Day stadium - the largest stadium in the world - you can spot the huge Kumsusan Memorial Palace which is the tomb of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, and the imposing 60-metre high Arch of the Triumph of Ideals.

Alongside the nation's great monuments, you also able to see the chilling location of gulags around the country which house prisoners and some users have even been able to spot military sites and weapons stockpiles using Google Maps.

In addition, Newsweek reported this year that Google Earth is being used by deflectors to identify where atrocities have been taking place.  

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