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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. …

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 …

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 Mitsui 0.S.K. Lines Building In Kobe, Japan

The Shosen Mitsui Building is another interesting structure in Kobe’s Former Foreign Settlement region. It first opened its doors in 1922 as the local headquarters of a major shipping firm. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is now a conglomeration of container, passenger, and tanker ships with international operations, following a series of mergers. In prewar Japan, 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 …

Tadao Ando TIME’S In Nakagyo, Japan

Nakagy-ku is one of Kyoto’s eleven wards, located in the Kyoto Prefecture of Japan. Its name literally translates to “central capital ward.” The ward has an estimated population of 110,430 persons as of 2021. The main sources of income in the area are tourism, shopping, and entertainment. In the Kawaramachi region of the district, the …

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 …

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 …

Restaurant Hasshokan In Nagoya, Japan

Hasshokan, in Nagoya, is one of the few surviving instances of modern Japanese restaurant culture, where tourists can temporarily forget about the city and relax while enjoying nature. Sonsuke Shibata, a lumber merchant, erected his villa on this site in the early Meiji period. It was renamed the Hasshokan culinary inn in 1910 and is …