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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. …

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 …

The Former Kaichi School In Matsumoto, Japan

The former Kaichi School was built in 1876 and is a lovely school. Despite the fact that kids no longer attend the Former Kaichi School, the current Kaichi School is directly across the street. Kaichi School was the region’s first community school. Kaichi’s kanji literally means “opening people’s intelligence.” Prior to the establishment of this …

Yamanashi Fuefukigawa Fruit Park In Yamanashi

A dazzling display of light! The view from Fuefukigawa Fruit Park at night, which is one of Japan’s new three significant night sights. The Kofu Basin can be viewed at night from all of the park’s hills. Fruit Plaza is a 10-meter-high semi-circular glass dome with a 55-meter diameter and a 1,800-square-meter floor area. The …

Makuhari New City’s AEON Mall In Chiba, Japan

The mall opened in December 2013 as Aeon Complex’s flagship store and is Japan’s first LEED Gold certified shopping mall. Grand Mall, Pet Mall, Family Mall, and Active Mall are all part of Aeon Mall Makuhari New City. The mall opened in December 2013 as Aeon Complex’s flagship store and is Japan’s first LEED Gold …

Gunma Music Center In Takasaki,Japan

The Gunma Music Center is a stunning example of modern Japanese design. It was designed by architect Antonin Raymond, one of Japan’s early Modernists, and built almost completely with donations from locals in 1961. In 2000, DoCoMoMo (an worldwide organization dedicated to preserving and documenting modern architecture) chose the Music Center as one of 20 …

Subterranean Cave, Oya History Museum In Utsunomiya, Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright famously used Oya stone to build the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which is a volcanic green tuff recognized for its warm texture and elasticity. It is a specialty of Utsunomiya City, quarried in its namesake town of ya, and was used to make the Venus of Gyoza. Ya stone was first employed …

Hajimari Art Center In Fukushima,Japan

The starting museum is a small museum that was established in June 2014 after the renovation of Hakkengura, a 140-year-old sake brewery. Since its inception, the social welfare corporation Azumi Aiikuen, which is the management body, has been primarily responsible for aiding persons with intellectual disabilities. We are not confined to “disabilities” in our activities; …

Kakunodate Cherry Bark Work (Museum) In Semboku,Japan

The Kakunodate Kaba-Zaiku Densho-Kan (Kakunodate Cherry Bark Work Museum) opened in 1978 to promote kaba-zaiku, or cherry bark work, as the area’s primary traditional artisanal craft. It was one of just three traditional artisanal crafts centers in Japan when it first opened. The museum itself is a modern structure designed in the traditional architectural style …

Tachikawa Residence and Shop

Tachikawa Residence and Shop was a storehouse built in 1901 that was classified as an important cultural item. It is a fire-resistant structure that escaped the Great Fire of 1907, which destroyed over 10,000 dwellings. It is now used for events such as parties and exhibitions. The next-door Western-style building can be used as a …