If you are unsure whether Kinki lies to the east or west of Chugoku, what the principal city of Kagawa is, or which prefectures are landlocked — rest assured that you are not alone. If we have one failing in common, it is geography.

How you look at the world, of course, depends on where you are coming from. Scale for one thing, is relative. If you hail as I do from Britain, then Japan is a big country. If you are from California, it will likely be the opposite.

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