Top 5 Samurai Neighborhoods

Want to get a feel for Japan's feudal past? Wander any one of the samurai quarters scattered about the country to get a taste of how the warrior class lived. While much of Japan's medieval architecture is gone, several cities and towns still manage to preserve their historic neighborhoods. Below are some of my top... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Unzen Jigoku (Nagasaki)

In 1549, the Portuguese missionary Francis Xavier landed in Kagoshima with one main mission - to spread the gospel to the inhabitants of Japan. In the next 100 years, Christianity flourished in various communities on Kyushu (Nagasaki, Hirado and Kagoshima, to name a few) but never seemed to spread much further. In the mid 1600s,... Continue Reading →

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