It's not white, but it's still Christmas December 25th 2006 I was hoping for a white Christmas, but apart from a decent fall a week ago there hasn't been much sign of snow so far - a change from the metre or so that was apparently on the ground this time last year. Snow or no snow, it's still Christmas. Best wishes to all for 2007! ... read more
Asia » Japan » Shimane » Okuizumo 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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