Japan's Second Dimension May 23rd 2009 When people who have never visited this country think about Japan, the image that most frequently comes to mind is one depicting its super-populated cities. Confirming this commonly-held perception, I have witnessed many times the expression in the faces of new visitors when they arrive for the first time at places like Shinjuku or Shibuya stations in Tokyo.
Invariably, they seem to become overw ... read more
Asia » Japan 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
Welcome to my travelblogs!
More than anything, these blogs are a means for capturing my thoughts and experiences as I wander the World. Though they are now useful for sharing these experiences with friends and family, I hope that they will also help me relive the experiences someday when my memories become dulled by time.
I have been fortunate enough during my lifetime to have straddled the developing and developed areas of the planet. During my childhood in my native El Salvador, I was amused but extremely curious about these strange visitors that a... full info