• Travel

    Vacationers Keeping the San Juan Islands Clean

    Each year on National Public Lands Day, the residents and vacationers on San Juan Islands get together to focus on cleaning up the islands. Places like this have such beautiful natural resources. The sea, the beaches, the trees and flowers … they’re all so lovely and tourists really enjoy relaxing in a cabin by the ocean or a cute cottage inland. You can bring the whole family, even the dog and enjoy a week or more of this natural beauty. There are countless things to do and places to see. Every photo is so lovely. But it does require some vigilance from tourists to keep the San Juan Islands in…

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    Are Travel Credit Cards Worth it?

    Summary: If you travel frequently you have probably heard of travel credit cards. If you are interested in getting one, you should first weigh the pros and cons.   Those who travel often might be aware of travel credit cards. There are many different kinds of travel credit cards, which is why it is important to be aware of some of the main aspects of them.   Bonuses for Opening an Account   Some banks will offer rewards just for opening an account with them. For example, if you order a travel credit card, you may have the opportunity to get cash back on transactions, a number of free miles,…

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  • Real Estate,  Travel

    What Can You Do to Increase the Real Estate Value of Your Home?

    By Al Donohue If you have a home in Ridgewood, NJ, you’ve already hit the jackpot in a number of ways. Ridgewood is synonymous with affluence and is easily as safe and pleasant to the eyes. But we all want to do more to increase our property value. For one, this often makes it more enjoyable for us. However, it also means you get a return on your home when you sell it, just like a traditional investment. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do for a Ridgewood home to make sure you get more back when you finally sell it. The obvious recommendation is to first ensure the basement is…

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  • Travel

    Tokyo During the Meiji Era

    Posted By Samuel Phineas Upham The Tokugawa regime officially ended in 1868, with the defeat of the Tokugawa forces at Toba-Fushimi. The prefecture of Edo would forever change, in name and in status. Edo, which meant “estuary” was renamed to Tokyo, which means the eastern capital. At the time, the emperor who would sit on the throne in Tokyo was just 16 years old. Education One of the biggest improvements made during the Meiji era was the consolidation of government schools under the Tokyo Imperial University system. This created a strong emphasis on Western disciplines like science and technology. Heavy emphasis was placed on Japanese nationalism, which became a large…

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