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Ian Ropke
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Japan private travel expert and destination expert. I design great itineraries for travel to Japan.
Japan private travel expert and destination expert. I design great itineraries for travel to Japan.

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The lotus (hasu) flower springs forth out of muddy pond waters to show large pink or white flowers that survive for only four days through the intense heat of July.  The intoxicating flowers pop open at dawn and are ready for a nap by mid-afternoon.  With…

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Noren curtains or sun shades are a wonderful Japanese handicraft made of cloth and dyed in the traditional Japanese manner.  They have played an important role culturally and historically in Japan.  Noren have been hanging around Japan for a long time,…

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The world of Buddhism is full of stories of amazing human feats achieved through meditation and power of the mind.  In Tibet there are especially powerful monks who travel so fast that they appear to fly; they can travel non-stop for 48 hours and cover…

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Another very familiar figure in every Japanese neighborhood is Jizo who protects travelers, children and firemen for a start!  The Jizo designs have become quite cute nowadays but the old ones are all around you!

 Here is a little more about Jizo . . .

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Zen Buddhism begins in India but it really developed into what we know today in Japan.  But without the founder of Zen Buddhism, Daruma or Bodhidaruma, we would never have the beautiful gardens and architectural masterpieces that Japanese Zen Buddhism is known for.

Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about Daruma . . .
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