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There are two things about Nara, a small city in Japan just east of Osaka, that everybody knows:

One is that it is home to Tōdai-ji, a 2,000-year-old temple whose central icon is the biggest slab o’ bronze this side of the Mississippi. You can get a globe later and ponder which side of the Mississippi river Japan is on. For now, imagine a 50-foot solid bronze Buddha surrounded by guardians and bodhisattvas, smiling languidly at a mob of loud tourists taking flash photos. I’ll admit that I accidentally took one flash photo.

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Nagasaki is my favorite city in Japan. Despite the fact that my government decided to incinerate it with an atomic bomb in 1945, a lot of the city looks much older than other parts of the country...

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In March, Fukuoka is warm and had the odd blossoming cherry tree even though we thought we would miss the season by a week. Fukuoka is not crowded. It has magnificent ramen which costs very little. It is sister cities with Oakland, California...