"Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself.Ten days' worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs in my fireplace. Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out." The "Land of the Rising Sun" is a country where the past meets the future.Japan has beautiful temples and gardens which are often surrounded by garish signs and ugly buildings.label: "A Bib Gourmand rating means the restaurant is an inspector's favorite for good value.For or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (not including tax and gratuity)." Restaurants awarded the means that they may be in line for a MICHELIN star, or an upgrade from one to two, or from two to three stars. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and produced annually by Restaurant magazine have been marked with have been voted as the world's 51-100 best restaurants based on the votes of the 837 "chefs, restaurateurs, critics and fun-loving gourmands" selected by Restaurant magazine.Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux's mission is "to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character." Prospective and current members are evaluated by the group's traditional "five C" motto: Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm and Cuisine.The members of Relais & Châteaux exclusive collection of 500 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries on 5 continents have been marked with The International Man will in the near future be launching its own PRIVILEGE & BENEFIT VIP MEMBERSHIP CARD - named simply 'The Card'.
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Japanese culture stretches back millennia, yet has also been quick to adopt and created the latest modern fashions and trends.
Japan is often difficult to understand for those educated in the west. Many Japanese corporations dominate their industries, yet if you read the financial news it seems like Japan is practically bankrupt.
Cities are as modern and high tech as anywhere else, but tumbledown wooden shacks can still be spotted next to glass fronted designer condominiums.
On an average subway ride, you might see childishly cute character toys and incredibly violent pornography - sometimes enjoyed by the same passenger, at the same time!