Oscar Wilde once said that “the whole of Japan is a pure invention.”
“There is no such country, there are no such people,” Wilde wrote. He meant that the Japan we think of is mostly a product of the imagination of outsiders. But with the country’s borders closed to tourists for two years now and its international significance dimming, Wilde’s words are closer to becoming reality.
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