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Angelique participating in a water/cleansing ritual at the Meiji Jingu shrine.
Day 4: A ride on the bullet train!

October 18th 2009
What do you think of when you think of Japan? Prior to the trip, our list included: godzilla, zen buddhism, samurai, geishas, car manufacturers, WWII bad guys, sumos, green tea, sushi, anime and super fast bullet trains. We've now seen or experienced aspects of all of the above minus sumos and godzilla. Today we got to ride the Shinkansen, the famous bullet train. We spent our last morning ... read more
Asia » Japan » Kyoto

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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