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Please refresh the page and retry. Though the spectre of coronavirus has put a dampener on anticipation somewhat, the Japanese government is still confident as many as 40 million tourists will descend upon the nation for the events. The Olympic committee for Tokyo is acutely aware of the health crisis in the region, but says "counter measures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of our plans to host a safe and secure games". With more than days before the opening ceremonies it is too soon to say how the Games will be impacted, but hopefully the answer for the masses expected in Japan for the summer is not at all. Yet, it goes without saying that there is so much more to the country than the conventional visitor routes — from the cool climes and flower fields of the northernmost island Hokkaido to the white sand surf beaches and hot springs of Kyushu in the south plus countless spots in between. How to get there : One hour 20 minute flight from Tokyo Haneda, or a four-hour bullet train. Lake Towada is a highlight: a vast caldera lake cocooned in wild mountains a fraction cooler than steamy hot summertime Tokyo , its still waters are mirror smooth, with countless surrounding picturesque hiking routes, forested beaches and hidden shrines. A livelier highlight is the summertime Nebuta festival in Aomori City, complete with parades of towering washi paper lantern floats featuring mythical creatures and gods. Aomori is also a mecca for apples and seafood — and visitors can experience the latter at Furukawa Fish Market, by enjoying a local nokke-don — a bowl of rice topped with a personalised pick of seafood from around the market.
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Kakure Kirishitans are called the "hidden" Christians because they continued to practice Christianity in secret. They worshipped in secret rooms in private homes. The Bible and other parts of the liturgy were passed down orally, because printed works could be confiscated by authorities. In some cases, the communities drifted away from Christian teachings. They lost the meaning of the prayers and their religion became a version of the cult of ancestors , in which the ancestors happened to be their Christian martyrs. Approximately 30, secret Christians, some of whom had adopted these new ways of practicing Christianity, came out of hiding when religious freedom was re-established in after the Meiji Restoration.
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