People of Japan July 24th 2009 I believe that the best experience of travel is getting to know the people who live in the places that the traveler visits. But experiencing people usually requires some effort and time investment because of cultural and language differences that can become a shield that keeps travelers as outsiders.
But even living among a foreign culture for a while is no guarantee that we can pierce this sh ... 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