Happy 84th Grandpa!!!!!!! April 22nd 2007 Missing you whist far from home! The countdown is on...just over 3 months left. Then we'll be back at the cabin in no time. Until then, Happy Birthday, and I miss you much!
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Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama 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
Having never visited Japan before, making the move for an entire year was very intimidating. I had no idea what to expect, much less an understanding of the language or culture. These barriers have been slowly fading, and I have found the Japanese people to be amazingly accomodating. The term *Minnesota nice* must now be applied to an entire country!... full info