Japan: Photo Gallery
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A Zen Buddhist temple priest rakes gravel in a Kyoto garden.
, or "dry gardens," are abstract representations of natural landscapes in which stones, gravel, sand, and moss are used to depict mountains, rivers, and islands.
Photo Credit: Michael Yamashita
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Discover More About Japan
Discover why the Japanese have the sixth-highest life expectancy in the world—and how modern lifestyles are taking their toll on the nation's health.
From eating less and walking more, to following the advice of an old cultural saying, learn the secrets of longevity with these health tips from Japan.
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Follow a National Geographic photographer as she explores Mount Fuji and the culture of reverence and celebration it inspires.
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Information and History
Learn more about Japan, a land of temples and high-speed trains, with facts, maps, music, and more from National Geographic.
Map of Japan
Zoom in on Japan, a country of islands extending along the Pacific coast of Asia.
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