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The main gate to the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu  
   

The main gate to the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu

It's a little over the top, there were others less ostentatious, but I suppose he did complete what two previous guys failed to do, and unite the country, bringing peace to Japan in 1600 for the first time in over 650 years.
Tokyo Temples - Away from the city

December 6th 2008
I think I figured out the bath thing: I need to take my shaving gear in. The 10 minutes it takes gives me time to cool down before the next dip. I must also be doing something else right if when I walk in a guy nods at me (now just wait a second before you get the wrong idea there!), gives me a big smile to say hello, and after I've been washing a while grunts and smiles again, ge ... 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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