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Michael Mcdonagh
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Dec 9, 2001
Young adventurers laid to rest far away
Four graves in a Victorian cemetery near London mark the final resting place of some of the earliest travelers from Japan to the West. Though they traveled separately, years apart, they shared the same aspirations and were fated to meet similarly sad ends. The four gravestones were joined by a monument...
LIFE / Travel
Jul 3, 2001
Sitting for 750 years in Fukui's mountains
Eiheiji, the "Temple of Eternal Peace," is one of the largest and most visited temples in Japan. Located 19 km northeast of Fukui, the elaborate complex of more than 70 buildings nestles on a hilltop amid a forest of towering cedar trees, many more than 750 years old.
LIFE
Jun 10, 2001
Joseph Conder: Enduring legacies of a 'high-collar' expat
Japanese domestic architecture has changed a lot in the last 100 years, but Western-style architecture was slow taking off and in fact the modern Japanese architectural establishment owes its organization, training system and much of its sense of style to one man: Josiah Conder.
LIFE / Travel
May 5, 2001
Stones from the foundation
Japan takes enormous pride in its culture but has a poor record on its preservation. This is particularly true of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), perhaps the most dynamic period in the country's history, when Japan emerged from more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation and laid the foundations of a modern...
LIFE / Travel
May 5, 2001
Aichi's Meiji Mura: Remnants of the Meiji Era
Japan takes enormous pride in its culture but has a poor record on its preservation. This is particularly true of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), perhaps the most dynamic period in the country's history, when Japan emerged from more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation and laid the foundations of a modern...

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