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Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple

September 15th 2014
I happened to stumble upon this, what I first thought was just an extensive shopping area, but later learned it is the site of the Asakusa Shinto Shrine and Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple Senso-ji. It was an interesting area so I decided to spend a couple of more hours there on the morning of 21 Sep prior to my long awaited first trip on a Shinkansen train down t ... 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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