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Day 7: A country home made of gold

October 21st 2009
If you could build your dream house, what would it look like? Apparently for a shogun named Yoshimitsu, it would be a gold pavilion on beautiful grounds, which he called Kinkakuji. It was his retirement estate, built around 1394. Mr. Yoshimitsu seemed to like many different architectural styles because the stunning gold pavilion, beautifully situated near a gorgeous pond (the reflection makes a ... 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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