Laughing Buddha Returns I didn’t know about the Laughing Buddha prior to my first trip to China. Back in the late 1980s I used to escort tour groups to China. It was a very different place then, definitely a third world country. But in a very short time it has evolved into arguably one of the…

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  The Shinkansen, Japan’s super-speedy bullet trains are already a pretty fast and efficient way to get around Japan, as they whisk travellers from the country’s cosmopolitan urban centres to its more traditional rural locales. But what if you want to experience a bit of authentic Japanese culture while you’re zipping across Japan at 200 miles…

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