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Cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji, tatami mats, karaoke, manga, geishas, samurais, sushi, ramen, and sake - all this, and more, is Japan! This lavishly illustrated book invites you to explore the 'Land of the Rising Sun', a country of 6,852 islands and 127 million people, a place of extraordinary beauty with a fascinating cultural heritage. In vivid colour photography and insightful texts, The Japan Book presents fire-spitting volcanoes and steaming hot springs, opulent buildings of the imperial dynasties and graceful temples. From Hokkaido to the island of Honshu, where you'll find the busy metropolis of Tokyo and the imperial city of Kyoto, to the natural wonders of the smaller islands, this journey of discovery brings you to devotional places of tranquility amidst the metropolitan bustle, contemplative lakes picturesquely situated at the foot of steeply rising volcanoes, traditional gardens framed by modern skyscrapers, and much more.
Summer, sand and sunshine - walking barefoot, the sound of the sea, a cloudless sky, a happy ambience, and feel-good temperatures. If only it could last forever! Nothing's easier: our planet offers sunny destinations that promise endless summer all year round with enchanting beaches, vibrant cities, and spectacular landscapes. In January, explore temple complexes in Thailand; in March, soak up the sun on a small, palm island in the Maldives; in October, go hiking on Cyprus. This book will take you to the most beautiful warm weather, sun-lit travel destinations month by month, introduce the sights, indicate the best time of year to travel to each location, and recommend hotels and restaurants - carrying you off to the places where the long summer days seem to last forever.