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    Fukuoka Spring 2018: A lovely trek to Atago Shrine

    I’ve always been fascinated with the Shinto shrines in Japan mostly because Shintoism itself is a fascinating thing. I feel like it has and continues to play such a big part in molding the disciplined society of Japan. I often sense that it is because of this belief that the Japanese have this deeper understanding of the importance of respecting all the things around them, whether they be inanimate objects or people.

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    Japan Travel Blog April 2015: Matsumoto Castle

    If I could name one country that has mastered the art of combining breathtaking nature with history and technology, then Japan certainly has done it. They’ve done it with such a sense of zen and order that amazes me at every turn. It’s never a surprise to find that in the middle of a busy metropolis there will be a historical structure that stands proudly, asserting that it belongs to this present time as much as everything else while still maintaining that obvious contrast of being from another era. It was another glorious springtime day in Japan when we paid a visit to Matsumoto City, in Nagano. Since it is…

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    My version of 10 things to experience in Japan

    I don’t think any country has ever imparted such a sense of calm and zen in me before. Japan is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world, but it also houses some of the most courteous people I have ever met. As a first-timer there, I am simply in awe. Japan has left such an impression on me that I wouldn’t mind going back again and again in the next few years. In fact, the reason why it took me so long to get this post up is because I’ve been busy with work and reading up on Japan in between. (Already…