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Sakuraction

April 6th 2007
Sakura = Cherry Blossom. Sakura season has landed in Japan. The blossoms have come early this year- we've been subjected to the same short, mild winter as the rest of the world, and they're a few weeks ahead of schedule. It's hard to underestimate how big a deal this season is to the Japanese- it's probably greater in status than the autumn leaves, and is concentrated into one heavy week- if you ... 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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