fbpx

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. …

Kofuin School By Yasufumi Kijima

This house, which situated at the foot of the majestic Mt. Aso, was formerly a Kumamoto auditorium. Yasufumi Kijima, an architect, relocated the former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall from the Kumamoto University campus to this location and converted it into his personal residence. Kijima obtained a teaching position at Kumamoto University after working …

Former Glover House In Nagasakiі, Japan

Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish businessman who helped modernize Japan, lived in this timber-framed house, which is the oldest extant Western-style residence in Japan. Glover arrived in Japan in 1859, the year Nagasaki Port opened, at the age of 21. His house was built in 1863 and finished additions in 1887, giving it its current …

Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum

Museum of Maritime Folklore The museum is located on a tiny mountain with a view of the sea. Traditional fishing implements and other reference materials linked to the region’s folk culture are on display at the museum. The structure has the appearance of a fort, yet the interior is light and airy thanks to a …

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 …

Tsuyama Cultural Center

The Tsuyama Culture Center opened in 1966 as a “modern castle,” a place for inhabitants to converse and rest, on the site of the previous Tsuyama Castle, which had impressive stone walls rising 45 meters above the ground. The hall is also a symbol of Tsuyama City and is renowned as one of the top …

Shimane Arts Center “Grand Toit” In Masuda, Japan

The Shimane Arts Center in Japan, designed by Architect Hiroshi Naito, is a nationally recognized building that was established in response to Shimane locals’ passionate desires for a facility in the Iwami Region that functions as both an art museum and a theater. The Grand Toit is a compound institution that includes a museum and …

Кoyaguchi Elementary School In Hashimoto, Japan

This single-story timber-framed elementary school building, which was constructed in 1937, has a vast footprint. Its layout is as follows: a roughly 100-meter-long component with a centrally situated entrance is oriented north-south, and four classroom wings are connected to this on the west side in an east-west orientation. The building’s tile roof and magnificent entry …

Hozan-ji Temple Shishikaku In Ikoma, Japan

At the time, the advanced chief priest instructed a temple carpenter to construct a Western-style guest house. In Yokohama, where a foreign residential neighborhood had been established, the carpenter studied Western architecture for three years. He created a stunning structure by combining Japanese and Western features. It is a nationally significant cultural item that is …