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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 …

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 …

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. …

Toyota Avensis

To label the second-generation Avensis a lovely car, one must twist one’s soul. Alternatively, he could be so blinded by his devotion to the Toyota brand that he fails to notice the successor to the previous Carina, as well as the Mazda 6 and Honda Accord. Design has never been a strong suit for the …

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris’ major characteristics are fresh, bold, and lively. Its third generation has been on the market since 2011. The current model’s design is based on the Japanese brand’s modern line, with futuristic curves and sharp edges replacing the rounded appearance of the second generation, which was available from 2006 to 2011. Engine: The …

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 …

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. …