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  1. Gardening Blog: Japanese Inspired Gardens - Basic Elements and Symbols

    Japanese gardens are nowadays popular worldwide, because they offer an exotic feeling of the Orient ...
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  2. Japan Travel and Culture: Things to do in Kagoshima

    Kagoshima is a place of natural beauty and rich history and culture, making for a great alternative ...
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  3. Japan Travel and Culture: Japanese Tea Ceremony - Matcha Tea

    The Japanese Tea Ceremony, also called Chanoyu or Chado is a cultural experience meaning 'Way of the ...
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  4. Japan Travel and Culture: Guide to Japanese Fast Food

    Japan still has a delectable array of its own native styles of fast food that are often served in stalls ...
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  5. Japan Travel and Culture: Are Japanese Religious?

    In Japan, it is customary to visit a Shinto shrine to celebrate a baby's birth, and conduct Budhhist ...
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  6. Japan Travel and Culture: Japanese Culture for the Curious

    What follows is my own take on Japanese culture gleaned from more than four years of living in the Yokohama/Tokyo ...
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  7. Japan Travel and Culture: Kendo - The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    It is said that what is called “the spirit of an age” is something to which one cannot return. Thus ...
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  8. Japan Travel and Culture: Guide to Japanese Gift Giving

    Visitors to Japan will more than likely encounter the Japanese style of gift or souvenir giving known ...
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  9. Japan Travel and Culture: Turning Japanese for Food - Popular Japanese Dishes

    Tourists visiting Japan should ensure they try as many delectable Japanese dishes as possible as it ...
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  10. Japan Travel and Culture: Japan Hot Springs - Onsen Hotels

    The Onsen or Japanese term for hot springs is a relaxing and fun experience visitors to Japan should ...
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  11. Japan Travel and Culture: Mount Fuji - Japanese Mountain Experience

    Tourists in Japan will no doubt want to visit it's most famous and highest mountain, Mount Fuji or as ...
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  12. Japan Travel and Culture: The Best of Kansai in One Week

    First-time visitors to Japan often don't know where to begin, but the diverse Kansai region is sure ...
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  13. History Blog: The Samurai Warrior

    Throughout the years, much fame and attention has been given to the Japanese martial arts. Arising from ...
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  14. Asian History: The Ryukyu Islands

    When Saigo Takamori, the so-called Last Samurai, was exiled to Amami of the Ryukyu Islands, he was exiled ...
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  15. Asian History: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan

    When Tokugawa Ieyasu became the shogun of Japan in 1603, he established a dynasty that proved itself ...
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  16. Asian History: The Japanese Occupation of Indonesia

    Japan Opens to the World

    Japan had been a closed society for hundreds of years until ...
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  17. History For Children: One Who Serves

    In the winter of 1274, word reached the southern Japanese province Kyushu that the great Mongol emperor ...
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  18. Garden Design: Ginkaku-ji - Kyoto's Silver Pavilion

    Ginkaku-ji was created by the Ashikaga shogun, Yoshimasa (1436-1490). Yoshimasa was the grandson of ...
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  19. Garden Design: Gardens of Paradise

    Japanese gardens have been so strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism that many people think of Japanese ...
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  20. Garden Design: Katsura Rikyu

    If you aren’t familiar with early Japanese gardens, you should probably read my article, The Roots of Japanese Gardens, ...
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