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Description Now fully revised and updated, this widely-praised introductory text explores Japan through the prism of three alternative perspectives: Mainstream, revisionist and culturalist. Beginning with the not... more

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Description Nicholas Bornoff brings a long association and intimate knowledge to a country of contradictions and paradoxes that often bewilder Westerners but which Japanese take for granted. more

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AdvantagesA quiet rural city combining history with modern attractions.

DisadvantagesWithout a car its time consuming and sometimes expensive to get to some of the outlying sites.

...(note - this review refers to Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture) Nagano, where I've called home for the last six years, sits two hours from Tokyo by bullet train and is considered the doorway to the Japan Alps. Within an hour of the city you can find the best skiing and hiking in Japan, jagged mountains, historic temples, ninjas and World War 2 relics. Historic Sites The city itself...

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Excellent

AdvantagesBeautiful and interesting place to visit, lovely polite people, efficient transport systems, clean

DisadvantagesNot the cheapest place to visit, language barrier can lead to confusion.

...Introduction ---------------- Japan is an Asian country, situated close to Korea. The flight time from London to Toyko is around 11/ 12 hours. In September 2010 we flew with Lufthansa, with one stop in Germany (Frankfurt). Although I am scared of flying, the flight was probably one of the best I have experienced. The plane was an A380-800 and I found the in-flight entertainment, air staff...

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AdvantagesA great adventure

DisadvantagesLeave that handkerchief at home!

...Welcome to the second part of my top ten tips for visitors to Japan. As this follows on from Part 1 (surprisingly enough), I'll be kicking off with number 6. By the way, in case you haven't read Part 1 I'll just mention that gaijin is Japanese for foreigner. ◄Eating in Japan► Japan is home to one of the one of the world's great cuisines and the Japanese are passionate about...

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