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THE RITZ – CARLTON HOTEL IN KYOTO, JAPAN

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, named Best Hotel in Japan by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, redefines luxury in a city that defies expectations. The hotel, which is located along the banks of the Kamogawa River and boasts panoramic views of the Higashiyama Mountain, features tastefully outfitted accommodations, four dining options, numerous refined and elegant event …

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. …

Arita In Saga Prefecture, Japan

The cradle of Japan’s porcelain industry is Arita. Its origins are thought to trace back to 1616, when a Korean potter immigrating to Jaran discovered kaolin in the area. The area’s ceramics industry had seen substantial growth as an export industry. Arita ware was widely exported to Europe through the East India Company beginning in …

The Former Takatori Family Residence

Koreyoshi Takatori was regarded as one of Kyushu’s coal mining monarchs. In Saga Prefecture, he was born into a samurai family. Takatori came to Tokyo in the early Meiji Period and studied contemporary mining technologies at the Ministry of Engineering’s Mining Bureau before turning the Takashima Coal Mine in Nagasaki Prefecture into a thriving enterprise. …

Naoshima Town Hall In Japan

The town of Naoshima is a small administrative district in the Seto Inland Sea that encompasses Naoshima Island and numerous additional islands. The population of the town was just about 5,000 people in 1984, when the town hall was finished. Despite this, the town hall building drew a lot of attention. The directness with which …

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 …

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 …

The Japan Mint In Osaka, Japan

The Sempukan, Osaka’s first western-style structure, was built in 1871. It stands out with a second-floor veranda and colonial-style construction. Sempukan boasts lovely sakura in the garden, which, when in bloom, bring out the building’s pink accents. It is located near the Japan Mint, one of the city’s most famous cherry blossom viewing places. The …

Underground Platforms on the Osaka Munіcipal Subway’s Midosuji Line, Japan

The eight lines are the city’s major method of transit, as aboveground trains are significantly less popular in Osaka’s core than they are in Tokyo, which is well-served by Japan Railway trains in addition to the Metro. Foreign Japan Rail Pass holders will find that their passes are nearly useless in Osaka, where they can …

Kyoto International Conference Center

Japan left the League of Nations in 1933, and the Kyoto International Conference Center was built as a symbol of the country’s return to the international community following World War II. A government decision in 1957 expressed this desire to develop a facility comparable to the United Nations building in New York and the Palace …