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Long rows of retail tempations near the Senso-ji  
   

Long rows of retail tempations near the Senso-ji

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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