Spotlight: Dejima (Nagasaki)

It might seem hard to believe today, but Japan was once closed off to the world. Between the 1630s and 1868, the Tokugawa Shogunate essentially followed a closed-door policy - no one in, and no one out. Foreigners entering the country were strictly punished and even killed and Japanese who left were never permitted to return home... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Sixty-seven years ago on August 6th, the city of Hiroshima, Japan, woke up to a day that seemed like any other. By 8:15am, however, the unthinkable had occurred and Hiroshima's residents became the victims of the world's first atomic bombing. Whatever your beliefs on the motive behind the bombing (was it necessary? was it overkill?... Continue Reading →

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