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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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Description Offers an introduction to the social, cultural and political history of modern Japan. This book weaves social and political developments and balances a micro with a macro approach, introducing details... more

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Description In 2002, twice Booker-winning author Peter Carey travelled to Japan, accompanied by his twelve-year old son Charley, on a special kind of pilgrimage. more

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Description The world's best full-colour travel guides just got better. This volume in the award-winning "Eyewitness" series shows Japan as it has never been shown before. This book helps you explore shrines and ... more

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Description Drawing on the author's experience in Japan over thirty years, this title takes us on a backstage tour, as it explores the ritualised world of Kabuki, retraces the author's initiation into Tokyo's boa... 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

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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Excellent

AdvantagesSuccessful communication feels like an achievement

DisadvantagesIt pays to invest some time and effort

...Communication Welcome to the third and final part of my top ten tips for visitors to Japan. Having looked last time at the potential pitfalls for gaijin (foreigners) in blowing their noses and taking a bath amongst other hazards, this time I'm dealing with the biggest minefield of the lot - the all-important business of communication. So here is tip number 10. The Devil...

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