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Lotus Flower on a Pond

The cultural encounter in Nara

June 16th 2007
We arrived off our first Shinkansen journey impressed with the efficiency, comfort and speed of the Japanese railway system. I guess you wouldn't expect anything less from a country that is truely mad about trains. It seems the whole country is criss-crossed with railway lines which make travel around cheapish (if you have the railpass) and certainly a million times easier that it would be on a bu ... 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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