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Cherry blossom, East Gardens  
   

Cherry blossom, East Gardens

Konichiwa Japan

March 25th 2016
We arrived yesterday after a good flight and spent the afternoon in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. The palace is closed to the public as it is home to the Imperial Family, who were moved there from Kyoto in 1868 after the fall of the Edo regime. The area has massive moats, impressive guardhouses and beautifully landscaped gardens. Much was not yet in flower but there was one magnificent ... 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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