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the rice paddy countryside

one last hurrah

May 4th 2008
Kyoto is in a fantastic struggle between past and present. After taking the bullet train through the rice paddy-checkerboard countryside I arrived at Kyoto station, a controversial block-like building cutting through the Kyoto skyline. Across from the station is Kyoto tower. I didn't go up to the viewing deck because of the low-lying fog and smog which hung to the skyline the whole time I was in K ... 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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