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Yet another beautiful building (near the Kiyomizu-dera) in Kyoto  
   

Yet another beautiful building (near the Kiyomizu-dera) in Kyoto

The Strength of Silence

October 12th 2006
Great cultures are normally associated with large geographic areas with which to assert their tradition - take the Chinese and Islamic/Arabian cultures as examples. However, Japan, restricted to a few small islands, has managed to maintain one of the world’s great national identities yet defy the ability to control large tracts of lands in order to maintain their heritage. Perhaps the rarefied ... 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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