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Glowing in the flash  

Glowing in the flash

A Canter Through Kansai

September 4th 2009
August 31st to September 3rd 2009 - Kyoto, Himeji So having witnessed the urban insanity of Tokyo and the, well, just plain insanity, of crowds at Mt Fuji, I was off to Kyoto, second city and cultural heart of Japan. If Tokyo is all that is shiny and new, Kyoto is all that is traditional. Famed for its beautiful temples, its gardens, and Gion, where the dwindling numbers of Geisha and ... 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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