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Edo Wonderland Nikko: Back In Time

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Posted on March 26, 2015 3:58 pm | Leave your thoughts



Edo Wonderland Nikko Nikko is a great city to visit while in Japan because of its beauty, famous hot springs, and historical sites. Located in Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko also has an awesome destination in Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. You are immediately transported back in time to the Edo Period upon entering the gates of Edo...

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Japanese Shrine How to

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Posted on January 15, 2015 10:35 am | Leave your thoughts



Japanese Shrine How to Pray As described below is how you should pray at the Japanese Shrine or Temple. Take off your hat or cap Throw your coin in to offertory box There is no specific amount of coin you should throw. Heart is important, not the amount. Ring the bell (if there is any)...

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Japanese Calligraphy Rundown

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Posted on January 12, 2015 5:08 pm | Leave your thoughts



Japanese Calligraphy Rundown: A Quick Look Japanese calligraphy (shodō) is the artistic form of writing the Japanese language. The master creates a work of art with bamboo brush and ink on rice paper; which transfers harmony and beauty. The parity of simplicity and grace is embodied in calligraphic works as one of the main principles...

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What Is A Ryokan Hotel?

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Posted on January 12, 2015 4:28 pm | Leave your thoughts



What is a ryokan hotel? They are Japanese style inns and they differ a lot from inns in Western culture. They originated in the Edo period (1603–1868), when such inns served travelers along Japan’s highways. They typically feature tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and other public areas where visitors may wear yukata and talk with the...

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Ninja Rundown: A Brief Overview

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Posted on January 12, 2015 12:35 pm | Leave your thoughts



Ninja Rundown A ninja or shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certain situations. They worked for the lord who hired them or who they had the duty to serve. Despite many popular folktales, historical accounts of...

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