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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 …

Toyota Century V12 – Yakuza

In comparison, Japan’s organized criminals make the Mafia look like amateurs. Academics have described yakuza syndicates like the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Sumiyoshi-kai as some of the world’s “most sophisticated and wealthy criminal organizations,” with their own set of rituals, code of honor, and extreme cruelty. Needless to say, yakuza bosses (also known as oyabun or …

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. …

Infiniti G37 Coupe

The Infiniti G37 was developed not on a drawing board, but on some of Europe’s most famous racetracks, including the iconic Nurburgring. As a result, the chassis is given the sporty character D, which is associated with a luxurious interior and cutting-edge automotive technology. The Infiniti G37 coupe is one of the few dvuhdvernikov capable …

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII (2003-2005)

In the United States, the PlayStation generation and a small group of aficionados were well-versed in these vehicles and eager to drink from the rally car well. Subaru’s Impreza WRX arrived in America in 2001, nine years after it made its debut in Japan, and the powerful STi will arrive this summer. Despite Subaru’s reservations, …

Subaru Impreza WRX – Second Generation

Subaru decided to develop a sequel to the WRX project after the first generation Impreza WRX’s success in the World Rally Championship. Many of you have probably wondered what this term means – it officially stands for “World Rally eXperimental,” but it is also known as “World Rally Cross” in some locations. In both cases, …

Honda Element

The Honda Element is a tiny crossover SUV produced by Honda and sold in North America from 2003 to 2011. It is known for its boxy exterior style with bi-parting side doors and its boxy, flexible interior arrangement. The Element was built in East Liberty, Ohio, on a second-generation CR-V platform with front-wheel or all-wheel …

Nissan Micra – Third Generation

The third generation Nissan Micra, unlike its predecessor, drew everyone’s attention with its attractive wide-eyed visage and won the hearts of the female audience. Along with the original look, the model is roomy enough, and the dynamics are more than adequate for a car in this class, but the Micra has a number of technological …