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Breakfast setting

The 88 year old senior monk's mother talked to us for 30 minutes whilst sitting on her knees. Most of us couldn't do that for 5 minutes and found it quite difficult to sit comfortably without chairs!
Ross & Helen's postscript - trains and monasteries

December 16th 2006
And you thought you didn't like trains - well you need to explore Japan by rail and you will be amazed! We discovered the ultimate method of travel - Japan Rail of course using economical JR passes available only to foreign tourists and that have to be purchased before leaving Australia. For under $500 Australian dollars each of us had unlimited travel on all but the very fastest Nozomi trains ... read more
Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji

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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