There is something about the Japanese culture that has both inspired and mystified the Western world at large. The rich history of daimyos, samurai warriors, life under shoguns and the vivid culture of the everyday citizens is so far away from our own that it easily binds us up and takes us into a tiny fraction of their world. A world where your nose is greeted with the enticing scent of brewing tea, and your senses are eagerly awaiting the majestic wonder of the cha ceremony. It is a world that has intoxicated our minds with intense philosophies and art. The Japanese landscapes, watercolors, and woodcut art forms have been admired for their beauty and tranquility. And they have been imitated by the amazingly beautiful art of traditional Japanese tattoo designs known as horimono.
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