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Emperor of Japan

The Emperor of Japan is the country’s head of state. It is “the symbol of the state and the unification of the people,” according to the country’s 1947 constitution. He was also the most authoritative Shinto figure in the past. The emperor is known in Japan as Тenno, which means “heavenly sovereign.” The Emperor of …

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 …

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 …

Naruto Culture Center

In 1982, this multipurpose facility was built. The structure resembles a seaside Parthenon and is situated in a beautiful setting. There was a definite push after WWII to concentrate the country in Tokyo. There is also a popular belief that modern architecture has little to do with regionalism. In fact, following the war, when local …

Tsuyama Cultural Center

The Tsuyama Culture Center opened in 1966 as a “modern castle,” a place for inhabitants to converse and rest, on the site of the previous Tsuyama Castle, which had impressive stone walls rising 45 meters above the ground. The hall is also a symbol of Tsuyama City and is renowned as one of the top …

Hozan-ji Temple Shishikaku In Ikoma, Japan

At the time, the advanced chief priest instructed a temple carpenter to construct a Western-style guest house. In Yokohama, where a foreign residential neighborhood had been established, the carpenter studied Western architecture for three years. He created a stunning structure by combining Japanese and Western features. It is a nationally significant cultural item that is …

The Japan Mint In Osaka, Japan

The Sempukan, Osaka’s first western-style structure, was built in 1871. It stands out with a second-floor veranda and colonial-style construction. Sempukan boasts lovely sakura in the garden, which, when in bloom, bring out the building’s pink accents. It is located near the Japan Mint, one of the city’s most famous cherry blossom viewing places. The …

Nagoya City Hall & Aichi Prefectural Government Office Building

Nagoya City Hall was completed in 1933 and amazingly survived the city’s bombing during WWII, whereas adjacent Nagoya Castle was demolished. The structure is a blend of Japanese and Western forms, with the imperial emblem above the roof. The tower (seen below) has a total of 12 stories. Many of Nagoya’s administrative offices, including the …

Genbe River In Mishima City, Japan

With Mount Fuji to the north and Mount Hakone to the east, as well as rivers running with fresh spring water, Mishima is a naturalist’s dream. Take a walk along the city’s historic rivers if you prefer calm treks. There are beautiful running tracks for all levels of jogging. At the end of town, you …

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History In Yokohama

The Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History is a museum dedicated to Kanagawa Prefecture’s history. It is located on Bashamichi Street’s north side. The former Yokohama Specie Bank, erected in 1904, is now a museum. Until 1964, it functioned as a bank. The building was later purchased by Kanagawa Prefectural and established as the current …