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    Shoyoen garden in autumn

    Just an hour or so north of Tokyo by train lies the town of Nikko, famous for its complex of centuries-old temples which showcase the best of medieval Japanese architecture.  Many of the ornate, intricately carved buildings are designated as national treasures as well as being a Unesco World Heritage site.  If you’re interested in Buddhism and Shintoism then you should definitely visit Nikko.

  • The wrestlers face each other, squatting in the ring.  Perfectly mirroring each other, they sweep their arms around in a circle, then clap their hands together in front of them, arms outstretched.…