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A monkey steps in to ruin my photo of some snow  
   

A monkey steps in to ruin my photo of some snow

( ...well you try sitting here thinking up captions all the time )
Nagano

March 25th 2006
Before we left the mountains we decided to spend a day or two in Nagano and its surroundings. We had a quick look at the local temple though we're starting to see a bit of a theme there, so maybe not too many more Japanese temples. The following day we headed out to Yudanaka Onsen famous for its bathing monkeys who seem to live a happy life of mostly sitting in hot springs up a snowy mountain. The ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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