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What’s life like in Japan?

It’s a question I had only asked when learning Japanese in school or maybe after the 2011 tsunami. But the more I learn the more I want to understand. Our Japanese Culture Series is perfect for understanding key cultural points in Japanese life. More than that I noticed how much Japanese like to explore their own country. Unlike most of the travelers who I knew who desired to go overseas and far away, Japanese often found joy in the park a few hours away for special ice cream from Hokkaido. I enjoy learning about the Japanese way of life and hope to bring their simplicity and joy at home into my own heart as I spend time in Japan and with Japanese people. Let’s all learn from them how to eliminate excess and waste while finding through in the creation we see wherever we are in the world.

“How you think is how you live,” said the relaxed traveler.

“How you think is how you live,” said the relaxed traveler.

  Do you want to be a spontaneous traveler?  Do you want to be an influential leader?  How about having a clear mind in the face of conflict?   How you think is how you live. During my nursing schooling many years ago, I was continually advised to go with my gut. Whether it be answering test questions or responding to a form of conflict at the hospital. I would inevitably answer wrongly on the test or transition to the…

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Self Guided Walking Tours in Japan Just Got Easier

Self Guided Walking Tours in Japan Just Got Easier

Walking in Japan happens all the time. If you are preparing to go to Japan you are already prepping yourself for the walks to the rental car, the train station, the bus station, around the neighbourhood school. Wherever you plan to be you will need to walk. Let’s use that time and actually make that walking time one of the best parts of your trip. Walking around Japan’s uttermost hinterlands can be lots of fun or it can be super draining…

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Japanese Apprenticeship

Japanese Apprenticeship

Japanese Apprenticeship In Japan, the Do (pronounced ‘dough’) spirit exhibits distinct Japanese cultural values as well as their unique way of learning. Originating from a combination of thought from Ancient Chinese Taoism as well as Zen Buddhism, Do literally means “the way” or way to be followed. The Do spirit follows a distinct pattern as follows: 1) A formal rule-bound pattern to be followed. 2) A constant repetition of the pattern. 3) Mastering the pattern through different levels. 4) Perfecting…

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