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Todaiji Temple.
Day 6: Close Encounters with Japanese Wildlife

October 20th 2009
Today we made a major discovery: a real French bakery about three blocks away from our ryokan. It's called Rauk and if you are ever in Kyoto, even for just a few hours, you must go find it. At 8:48am, with pastries and coffee in hand, we boarded a train for Nara, a small but historically very significant town about 25 miles away. It's the perfect day trip from Kyoto. (alas, the bullet tr ... 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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