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Himeji castle

Nara and Himeji

July 20th 2012
Took the train on two journeys out of Kyoto, first to Nara which is a modern city with an old part full of historic temples. We decided to focus on just a few, started by with Huyuji where there’s a significant temple with the oldest 5 story pagoda and is home to many important Buddhist treasures, many from the 9thcentury. It was a good choice, very old buildings and well displayed mu ... 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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