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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. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Imabari City Hall Complex by Kenzo Tange

If you are visiting Imabari for the first time, you will discover that you must see a really uncommon tourist site. You should go see the buildings at the Imabari City Hall complex. While most people would dismiss such a bizarre concept, if you are familiar with Japanese architects and architecture, you will realize that …

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 …

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 …

Hiroshima Naka Incineration Plant

This incineration factory is situated on a bluff overlooking the sea. The design was created by Yoshio Taniguchi, who had won a competition to redesign the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Although an incineration plant is a “NIMBY” (not in my backyard) facility, there is no need to consider “local inhabitants” in this …

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 …