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Summer 2005 - a small study group immersed in Japan to learn about Japanese culture & history. Here are some snapshots.
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Japan, 〒384-2307 Nagano-ken, Kitasaku-gun, Tateshina-machi, Yamabe, 長野県北佐久郡立科町大字山部279
fresh spring water and bamboo ladles to wash your hands & face before entering the Buddhist temple at the top of this hill
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Nagawa, Chiisagata District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Japan brings to life the beauty and simplicity of order. This rock garden was one example of thoughtfulness in aesthetic. While traveling this lovely country, keep your eye out for deliberate design in unexpected places, and a deep respect and...
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Nagawa, Chiisagata District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
In a rural rice farm, these guys showed us a good time with this slip-n-slide for noodles. With fresh, cold water from a local stream, we grabbed at the slippery noodles floating on the bamboo slide and dunked them in cups of delicious soy and...
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Nagawa, Chiisagata District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Staying with monks & nuns at a mountaintop Buddhist Shala, we copied some of the chants and sutras onto rice paper. This was the lefty table!
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Koyasan, Kōya, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211, Japan
Garden in the center of the Buddhist Shala where we stayed with monks and nuns. The garden was pristine and carefully maintained with the gentle love of these gentle souls. Buddhism in Japan is a fascinating study. The thoughtful and respectful...
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Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
Deer roam the park freely!! It totally took me by surprise, but the park is one of many beautiful examples of how humankind can co-exist peacefully and gently with nature. Central park in Nara across from the Todai-ji temple. There was also an...
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Japan, 〒739-0588 Hiroshima-ken, Hatsukaichi-shi, Miyajimachō, 10−3
Absolutely breathtaking at night - the entrance gates are lit up in orange and red, and visitors to the island can walk out into the ocean when tide goes down. At high-tide, we'd be up to our necks in the pacific ocean! It's a short ferry ride to...
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1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0811, Japan
Originally started with the 1,000 paper cranes folded by a young girl who believed that folding the cranes would cure her of the bomb's radiation - this memorial and peace plaza for Hiroshima's children is just off the central park and ground zero...
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45-26 宇治東内 Uji, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021, Japan
A beautiful museum that recounts the Tale of Genji through ancient sculpture, painting, and poetry.