In Kamakura, there is a very large Shinto shrine, Hachi-Mangu, where you can really engage with some very cool cultural activities. When I visited Kamakura with my colleague, we were able to visit the shrine and spend some time wandering its grounds.
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It’s not uncommon to host people who randomly show up on your doorstep in Mongolia. My guess is that this hospitality evolved from the herder life and harsh weather: If you were traveling about in the winter, you certainly would want someone to take you in, especially if they were the only shelter for miles. […]
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A man of brittle sticks With sun-starved complexion, Except in the face And perhaps the hands, Enters my home from Someplace I might have Remembered from geography Had I not been writing Love letters in my workbook. He sits at my table And I offer him meat to eat And tea to drink, Which he […]
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Unbeknownst to intrepid youth There was a slaughter going on Right outside his front door. Earlier the family had mentioned Going into the city to buy A sheep, so it was no surprise When on was chained to the fence. He stayed inside, the family Turned phantom, so outside he went. His eyes met with […]
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