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Beautiful dichotomies

The Ancient
I recently returned from another adventure that had me out discovering the world. This time in Japan. I have long since wanted to visit, and had in fact bought a guidebook when I thought a trip could be imminent. Imagine my surprise when I went searching for it and learned it was a 2004 edition.

Though 10 years later than expected, it was well worth the wait. I've travelled a lot and most times people wonder why I've decided to go to the places I've chosen. Let's face it, third world travel is not everyone's cup of tea, I get it. But as a first world, progression nation, Japan was universally differently received. Each person I told expressed their envy, excitement and desire to visit as well.
The Modern

What makes it such an alluring country? I'll tell you. It is a land of dichotomies. A country where traditionalism and innovation coexist in harmony. A place where both conservative and cutting edge values thrive. A world in which the ancient and the modern flourish. Temples, shrines, cherry blossoms, anime, castles, cosplay, origami, geishas...only a few of the many windows into this culture. A truly fascinating place where order guides the day and natural beauty reigns supreme.

Though this is not a travel blog, it is a blog about mindful living. With that said, my travels have always been an important way of grounding me, teaching me about this wonderful planet, experiencing our differences all the while showing me how much we are all the same.

I come away from my experience knowing that there is so much more to learn and that I must return again someday. Hopefully in less than 10 years this time.

Have you been to Japan? Let us know how you liked it!


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