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Comprising the string of islands in the Far East, Japan has carved out a distinctly unique culture and attitude based around its history, beliefs, and geographic location. Leading the way in technological advancements, Japan boasts futuristic robots, amazing internet speeds and interactive computing which make Europe look distinctly behind the times. Yet, it is Japan’s history, from the noble samurai to the horrific events at the end of World War 2, which burns most strongly in people’s minds.
After European colonisation in the mid 19th century Japan vowed not to be overtaken by the West and launched a technological and economic offensive that is still ongoing today. The technology and transport sector are undeniably world-leading and huge corporations play a big role in society.
As an island nation, Japan has developed a one-of-a-kind approach that can take longer than usual to assimilate with. People are incredibly polite, but can also be distant though almost everyone will warm to you after a quick hello and a smile. Japan sits at the crossroads of tradition and ambition, and this fragile equilibrium is sometimes disturbed. The mix of ancient customs, still observed in the high rise office buildings, and unrestricted growth leads to a fun and exciting mix that is guaranteed to have a place for you.
Offering just as much natural beauty as man-made wonder, every facet of Japan provides another pleasant surprise. Whether you want to hike in the Japan Alps, go to Karaoke in downtown Tokyo, or travel from castle to temple on the bullet train, Japan will have something that will not only interest but amaze you.