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Excited schoolgirls posing in front of a Miyazaki creation - Ghibli Museum, Mitaka  
   

Excited schoolgirls posing in front of a Miyazaki creation - Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The Hushed Sound of Progress

October 8th 2006
Preconceived ideas about foreign destinations are almost always incorrect, but despite my genuine attempts to resist such thoughts, the word 'Tokyo' - the world's most populated metropolis - conjured many words: 'noisy', 'crowded', 'grimy'. From the very first moment of leaving Narita airport, Tokyo presented a far different reality to my imaginings - foremost was the quietness. With so many peo ... 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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