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Key #8: The Tale of Genji. Part II - A Thousand Years Later

The time-machine presents costumes of the epoch in great detail but it's immediately obvious that the exhibition is about so much more than just costumes.

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key#8: The Tale of Genji. Part I - Civilizational Books

The problems, associated with the prescriptive nature of the major religious books, help to shift attention to a different kind of literature known as “literary monuments”

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key #7: Food

One might say that Japanese people don't bite their food, they nibble it!

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key#6: JapaneseGarden

a vast majority of “Japanese gardens” are scattered all over the world outside of Japan, and all their ingredients - be it ponds, fish, flowers or simple plants - are completely domestic.

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key #5: Trees

Japanese trees deserve much better than that, and this whole article could be worth several thousand words - as translated into a few pictures.

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key #4: Hanami

It's to Japan that millions of tourists from all over the globe flock every spring to seek and admire the pink of cherries and the white of plums and apples

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key #3: Language

Japanese language is so different that even the strongest adjectives (like “unique”) don't even begin to do justice to it.

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key #2; Trains

As for Japan, trains never ceased to be a wonder - in many more than just a technological sense.

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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Key #1: Sidewalks

In other words, pedestrians - seemingly the most vulnerable member of the triad - are literally never left alone!

Edward Porper

Edward Porper

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