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Japan's Second Dimension

May 23rd 2009
When people who have never visited this country think about Japan, the image that most frequently comes to mind is one depicting its super-populated cities. Confirming this commonly-held perception, I have witnessed many times the expression in the faces of new visitors when they arrive for the first time at places like Shinjuku or Shibuya stations in Tokyo. Invariably, they seem to become overw ... 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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