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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 …

Megaearthquake: Hour that Shook Japan

On March 11, 2011, the Thoku earthquake and tsunami struck at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC). The submarine megathrust earthquake of a magnitude of 9.0–9.1 (Mw) had an epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 72 kilometers (45 miles) east of the Oshika Peninsula in the Thoku region, and lasted around six minutes, creating a tsunami. In Japan, …

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. …

Nago City Hall In Nago, Okinawa

The Okinawa Islands are historically and geographically distinct from the rest of Japan; they were ruled by the Ryukyu Kingdom from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and they were occupied by American troops from the end of World War I until 1972. When a new city hall was to be erected in Nago, a …

Uchinoura Spасе Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

As an ancillary facility of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science, this space observatory and rocket launch complex was built in 1962. It was designed by Kiyoshi Ikebe, a member of the institute, using his distinctive form theory. Aeronautical research was outlawed in Japan shortly after World War II as part of GHO’s …

Sogi Falls Flood Diversion Channel In Isa, Japan

Sogi Falls, Japan’s widest waterfall, located in a picturesque site on the Sandal River, proved to be a stumbling block during the record-breaking severe rains that wreaked havoc on the river basin in 2006. In 2011, a flood diversion channel was erected at the falls as a precaution against future tragedies. The channel, which is …

Hyugashi Station In Hyuga, Japan

A new public area was built as part of a project to establish a station to accompany the recently elevated railroad tracks, with the goal of revitalizing Hyuga, a regional city in Miyazaki Prefecture. The prefectural and local governments collaborated with Japan Railways to solve a variety of tough challenges in the station complex, which …

Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium In Nakatsu, Japan

Fumihiko Maki, a Kenzo Tange pupil, is recognized for being a firm believer in modernism while maintaining a gentle temperament. Maki’s deft response to an age concerned with the environment can be seen in this crematorium, which was finished in 1996. The structure is located on the boundaries of a historic castie town famed for …

Art Plaza (Former Oita Prefectural Library) In Oita City

To be honest, after the 1970 Japan World Exposition, Arata Isozaki challenged Kenzo Tange’s reputation as Japan’s most influential architect. Before 1970, he only designed a few works, the most important of which is the Oita Prefectural Library. He was still a member of Kenzo Tange’s laboratory at the University of Tokyo when he developed …

Hakusui Dam In Taketa, Japan

Lake water, which is used to irrigate the mountain valley’s crops, forms white foam, which contains air that travels over the curving surface of the levee crown, making a subtle pattern as it slithers down the slope. The stream’s force is gradually reduced as it is separated into steps, until it regains a transparent appearance. …