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Japan My husband teaches an ancient Japanese martial art and travels to Japan every year for training. My 8-year-old son, following in his father's footsteps, also loves the idea of all things Japanese. I appreciate the fact that its culture is rich in the arts. We would like to take a cultural immersion that explores Japanese fabric dyeing and painting, possibly explores brush painting and calligraphy, visits ancient castles, tours homes in the country-house style and visits hot spring resorts. Ideally, the tour would have us stay in one or more little villages dedicated to the arts. --Patricia Tsoiasue, Long Beach, Calif. Pictured: The Path of Philosophy leading to the Ginkakuji temple in KyotoBeatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times