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Torii: The Structure of Japan

A symbol that classically defines Japan is the Torii, though most people foreign to Japan recognize it as: “those big red things…you know… from Japan.”  While that understanding of the Torii is expected, there is far more to them than just their appearance. These “gates” positioned primarily at the head of a Shinto shrine, represent an entrance to the shrine; a kind …

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6 Most Iconic Sights In Kyoto

Before my visit to Japan I envisioned busy streets, bright lights and a ton of sushi.  Of course that is only what I know about Tokyo and Osaka.  More subtle and relaxing, Kyoto is a place for travelers to escape the busy city and immerse themselves in the Japanese culture. Kyoto is full of character and charm where you will ...