Sleeping on a samurai movie set October 9th 2007 "Yeah, sure, that sounds like a good weekend away" I thought when the invite email came around. A weekend with friends (some I hadn't yet met in person, but knew they'd be good company) somewhere I hadn't been before - I'm always up for that. I checked out the place online, the Hattoji International Villa, 20 km from a middle of nowhere train staion. Yep, that's what you call getting away for a ... read more
Asia » Japan » Okayama 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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