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Entering the Gate  
   

Entering the Gate

A huge Lantern hanging in the entryway.
Unexpected Company

June 22nd 2009
Our first day in Tokyo started interestingly enough.. ran into a very friendly school teacher at the Ryokan, Yoshiko. We also met Pablo, a guy from Spain (Basque Country might be more accurate, seems a slightly contentious issue...). Although he speaks very little English or Japanese Yoshiko decided to help us all out and show us around Tokyo. She is quite a talker, stopping to ask for direction ... read more
Asia » Japan » Tokyo

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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