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Central Japan, Fukuoka Japan, Kobe Japan, Kyoto Japan, Nagasaki Japan, Nagoya Japan, Northern Japan, Osaka Japan, Sendai Japan, Tokyo Japan, Tokyo Vicinity Japan, Okinawa Japan

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4th of July games

If youre hosting a 4th of July party, there are hours and hours to fill before the highlight events of the day begin - the fireworks. Youll want to have plenty of activities and games planned to keep everyone busy and entertained. There are a variety of games you can plan that have a patriotic theme. More travel tips at 4th of July games

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Let Things Happen When You Travel

One of the best ways to experience an adventure is to travel: pick a place, pack up your bags and go. But, once on the road, you have to be ready. Any number of things could happen and how you deal with them could spell the difference between a lovely trip and a dreadful one. Stepping onto a plane bound for a spot in the world where you’ve never been before means there are expectations. Your expectations of what you imagine the place to be and the reality of what you will find once you get there. More travel tips at Let Things Happen When You Travel


Japan Etymology

The English word Japan is an exonym. The Japanese names for Japan are Nippon and Nihon . They are both written in Japanese using the kanji 日本. The Japanese name Nippon is used for most official purposes, including on Japanese money, postage stamps, and for many international sporting events. Nihon is a more casual term and the most frequently used in contemporary speech. Japanese people refer to themselves as Nihonjin and they call their language Nihongo.

Both Nippon and Nihon literally mean "the sun's origin" and are often translated as the Land of the Rising Sun. This nomenclature comes from Imperial correspondence with the Chinese Sui Dynasty and refers to Japan's eastward position relative to China. Before Nihon came into official use, Japan was known as Wa or Wagoku.

The English word for Japan came to the West from early trade routes. The early Mandarin or possibly Wu Chinese word for Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 日本 'Japan' is Zeppen; in Wu, the character 日 has two pronunciations, informal and formal. The old Malay word for Japan, Jepang (now spelled Jepun in Malaysia, though still spelled Jepang in Indonesia), was borrowed from a Chinese language, and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Malacca in the 16th century. It is thought the Portuguese traders were the first to bring the word to Europe. It was first recorded in English in a 1565 letter spelled Giapan.


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