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Japan (Japanese: 日本, [ɲihoɴ] , Nippon or Nihon, and formally 日本国, Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku) is an island country in East Asia. It is in the northwest Pacific Ocean and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 14,125 islands, with the five main islands being Hokkaido, Honshu (the "mainland"), Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the country's capital and largest city, followed by Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Japan has over 125 million inhabitants and is the 11th most populous country in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated. About three-fourths of the country's terrain is mountainous, concentrating its highly urbanized population on narrow coastal plains. Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Japan has the world's highest life expectancy, although it is experiencing a population decline due to its very low birth rate.

Japan has been inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic period (30,000 BC). Between the fourth and ninth centuries AD, the kingdoms of Japan became unified under an emperor and the imperial court based in Heian-kyō. Beginning in the 12th century, political power was held by a series of military dictators (shōgun) and feudal lords (daimyō), and enforced by a class of warrior nobility (samurai). After a century-long period of civil war, the country was reunified in 1603 under the Tokugawa shogunate, which enacted an isolationist foreign policy. In 1854, a United States fleet forced Japan to open trade to the West, which led to the end of the shogunate and the restoration of imperial power in 1868. In the Meiji period, the Empire of Japan adopted a Western-modeled constitution, and pursued a program of industrialization and modernization. Amidst a rise in militarism and overseas colonization, Japan invaded China in 1937 and entered World War II as an Axis power in 1941. After suffering defeat in the Pacific War and two atomic bombings, Japan surrendered in 1945 and came under a seven-year Allied occupation, during which it adopted a new constitution.

Under the 1947 constitution, Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a bicameral legislature, the National Diet. Japan is a developed country and a great power, with one of the largest economies by nominal GDP. Japan has renounced its right to declare war, though it maintains a Self-Defense Force that ranks as one of the world's strongest militaries. A global leader in the automotive, robotics, and electronics industries, the country has made significant contributions to science and technology, and is one of the world's largest exporters and importers. It is part of multiple major international and intergovernmental institutions.

Japan is a cultural superpower as the culture of Japan is well known around the world, including its art, cuisine, film, music, and popular culture, which encompasses prominent manga, anime, and video game industries.

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February 11th, 1999, Serial No. 00153

Serial: NC-00153

Rule of Benedict Novice Class # 2 - 1990s

OSB Cam, Humility, Diversity, Japan, Bell, Concentration
Feb 11 1999

December 31st, 1998, Serial No. 00147

Serial: NC-00147

Rule of Benedict Novice Class # 2 - 1990s

OSB Cam, Separation, Ego, Don't Know Mind, Japan, Transmission
Dec 31 1998

August 16th, 1995, Serial No. 00281

Serial: NC-00281

New Testament Class

OSB Cam, Sanctuary, Diversity, Offering, Japan, Interview
Aug 16 1995

Contemplative Prayer

Serial: NC-00929

Contemplative Prayer class

Anger, Hindrances, Humility, Obstacles, Japan
Sep 21 1994
4 of 7
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Monastic History

Serial: NC-00326

Monastic History Class

OSB Cam, training, Duality, Fasting, Japan, Echo
Dec 16 1993
3 of 34
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Gospel of John Class

Serial: NC-00276

Monastic formation class on the Gospel of John

OSB Cam, Ego, Karma, japanese, Japan, Echo
Sep 22 1990
2 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Gospel of John and the Christian Wisdom Tradition

Serial: NC-00555

Retreat on the Gospel of John

OSB Cam, Intimacy, Japan, Delusion, Continuous, Obstacles
Dec 10 1984
1 of 5

Introduction to Theology, Serial No. 01115

OSB Cam, Obstacles, Compassion, training, Japan, Interview
Feb 1984
19 of 19
New Clairvaux Abbey

Introduction to Theology, Serial No. 01121

OSB Cam, First Principle, Conversation, Japan, Compassion, Cultivation
Feb 1984
8 of 19
New Clairvaux Abbey

Introduction to Theology, Serial No. 01123

OSB Cam, Happiness, japanese, Japan, Bell, lecture
Feb 1984
9 of 19
New Clairvaux Abbey

October 11th, 1983, Serial No. 00707

Serial: NC-00707

Monastic Spirituality Set 12 of 12

Sanctuary, Transmission, Japan, Intuition, training
Oct 11 1983

September 7th, 1983, Serial No. 00387

Serial: NC-00387

Monastic Theology Series Set 2 of 3

Diversity, Obstacles, Japan, Intention
Sep 07 1983

August 3rd, 1983, Serial No. 00382

Serial: NC-00382

Monastic Theology Series Set 2 of 3

Balance, Addiction, Japan, Liberation, Separation
Aug 03 1983

July 27th, 1983, Serial No. 00381

Serial: NC-00381

Monastic Theology Series Set 2 of 3

Japan, Composure, Dragons, Patience, Sanctuary
Jul 27 1983

July 20th, 1983, Serial No. 00380

Serial: NC-00380

Monastic Theology Series Set 2 of 3

Japan, Politics, lecture, training, Intention
Jul 20 1983

June 28th, 1983, Serial No. 00378

Serial: NC-00378

Monastic Spirituality Set 11 of 12

Separation, Politics, Liberation, Sanctuary, Japan
Jun 28 1983

June 8th, 1983, Serial No. 00377

Serial: NC-00377

Monastic Spirituality Set 11 of 12

Diversity, Japan, Forgiveness
Jun 08 1983

April 20th, 1983, Serial No. 00872

Serial: NC-00872

Monastic Spirituality Set 10 of 12

OSB Cam, Commitment, Instruction, Japan, Emptiness, Vows
Apr 20 1983

Search for Wisdom

Intimacy, Balance, Gratitude, Japan, Interview
Feb 1981
1 of 14

October 14th, 1980, Serial No. 00854

Serial: NC-00854

Monastic Spirituality Set 9 of 12

OSB Cam, Separation, Japan, Instruction, Enthusiasm, Fasting
Oct 14 1980

Monastic Life and the Interreligious Dialogue

Serial: NC-00467

Monastic Life and Interreligious Dialogue: What does our life as monks mean to the non-Christian world?

OSB Cam, Interreligious dialogue, Buddhism, Buddha, Attachment, Japan, Renunciation...
Sep 1980
2 of 3
New Camaldoli Hermitage

November 1979 talk, Serial No. 00901

OSB Cam, Diversity, Politics, Darkness and Light, Japan, Intuition
Nov 1979

Unknown Date, Serial 00211, Side B

Serial: NC-00211B

Archival Photo

japanese, Zazen, zen, Japan

Unknown Date, Serial 00214

Serial: NC-00214

Archival Photo

Demons, Suzuki Roshi, Patience, Japan

Unknown Date, Serial 00218

Serial: NC-00218

Archival Photo

Lotus Sutra, Buddha, japanese, Japan, Sutra

Unknown Date, Serial 00219

Serial: NC-00219

Archival Photo

Lotus Sutra, Buddha, japanese, training, Japan

Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue

Serial: NC-00250

Archival Photo, Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue (for Community Use)

OSB Cam, Inter-faith Dialogue, Buddhism, Conversation, zen, Japan, Ego
5 of 5 (#3 missing)

Unknown Date, Serial 00210

Serial: NC-00210

Archival Photo

japanese, Japan, zen, Discrimination, Zazen

Wisdom and History

Serial: NC-00667

Wisdom and History

OSB Cam, Liberation, Duality, Japan, Intention, Funeral
3 of 4

Unknown Date, Serial 00679

Serial: NC-00679

New Testament Books

Compassion, Japan, Separation, Offering, Describe


Serial: NC-00792

Sophia/Wisdom discussion

OSB Cam, Japan, Intuition, Interview, Politics, training
2 of 3

Unknown year, April talk, Serial 00619

Serial: NC-00619

Year Talks 1/2

OSB Cam, Japan, Concentration, Forgiveness, Anger, Repentance
Apr 06

Unknown year, August talk, Serial 00641

Serial: NC-00641

Year Talk 2/2

OSB Cam, Buddhism, Delusion, Offering, Happiness, Japan
Aug 15

Unknown year, December talk, Serial 00647

Serial: NC-00647

Year Talk 2/2

OSB Cam, Liberation, Buddha, Ego, Japan
Dec 01