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Festivals & Events in Kyoto

–  The Kyoto calendar is jam-packed with fun festivals and events. The following is a list of Kyoto’s most important and interesting annual festivals and events. The major festivals and events are listed here. Check out our monthly events pages for smaller, one-time events that you might be interested in. Simply use the search box …

Yakuza

Yakuza, sometimes known as gokud, are members of Japanese-based global organized criminal syndicates. The Japanese police and media refer to them as bryokudan at the behest of the police, but the yakuza refer to themselves as ninky dantai. The English counterpart of yakuza is gangster, which refers to a member of a Mafia-like criminal organization. …

Naruto Culture Center

In 1982, this multipurpose facility was built. The structure resembles a seaside Parthenon and is situated in a beautiful setting. There was a definite push after WWII to concentrate the country in Tokyo. There is also a popular belief that modern architecture has little to do with regionalism. In fact, following the war, when local …

Watanabe Memorial Hall In Ube City, Japan

Ube is a city in Japan. Watanabeo Memorial Hall was established in 1937 to honor Watanabe Sukesaku (1864-1934), who was known for his kindness and commitment to the growth of Ube. Watanabe Sukesaku was born in Ube village and overcame numerous obstacles to become a coal mine operator. He began a series of businesses, including …

Hiroshima Naka Incineration Plant

This incineration factory is situated on a bluff overlooking the sea. The design was created by Yoshio Taniguchi, who had won a competition to redesign the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Although an incineration plant is a “NIMBY” (not in my backyard) facility, there is no need to consider “local inhabitants” in this …

Toukouen Hotel In Yonago, Japan

The hotel is located in a hot spring resort and is regarded as one of the representative works of Japan’s postwar architecture due to the powerful expression of its construction. A Torii gate, or holy border situated at the entrance of a shrine, is one of the structure’s motifs. Six columns support two girders from …

Yodoko Guest House (Former Yamamura Нouse) In Ashiya, Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect, had a particular relationship with Japan, one of the few countries outside the United States where he completed projects. The Imperial Holel, which opened in 1923 and was named after Wright, was the most famous of these. The hotel’s forms were interpreted as a new type of décor, and …

La Collina Omihachiman In Omihachiman, Japan

If plants and trees can breathe, then so can buildings made of the same soil and wood as the trees themselves. The architect appears to have attempted to replicate the concept of a living building that is in tune with its surroundings. His breathing isn’t always audible. To notice it, you must turn everything off. …

Shima Kanko Hotel In Shima City, Japan

The Ise-Shima region of Mie prefecture may not be on everyone’s radar just yet, but it’s always been a popular domestic vacation destination because to Shinto’s holiest temple, Ise Jingu, and several other sacred places. It has gotten a little more worldwide notice after the G7 summit in Shima Kanko Hotel in 2016. The fact …

Nagoya City Hall & Aichi Prefectural Government Office Building

Nagoya City Hall was completed in 1933 and amazingly survived the city’s bombing during WWII, whereas adjacent Nagoya Castle was demolished. The structure is a blend of Japanese and Western forms, with the imperial emblem above the roof. The tower (seen below) has a total of 12 stories. Many of Nagoya’s administrative offices, including the …