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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. …

Nago City Hall In Nago, Okinawa

The Okinawa Islands are historically and geographically distinct from the rest of Japan; they were ruled by the Ryukyu Kingdom from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and they were occupied by American troops from the end of World War I until 1972. When a new city hall was to be erected in Nago, a …

Uchinoura Spасе Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

As an ancillary facility of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science, this space observatory and rocket launch complex was built in 1962. It was designed by Kiyoshi Ikebe, a member of the institute, using his distinctive form theory. Aeronautical research was outlawed in Japan shortly after World War II as part of GHO’s …

Mike Coal Mine and Miike Port

The Mike Coal Mine had an annual coal output of 6.57 million tons at its peak of operation, and as the largest coal mine in Japan, accounting for 10% of domestic production, it had indeed aided the development of Japanese industry (coal mining was ceased in 1951). The Miyanoharа pit and the Manda pit were …

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 …

Arita In Saga Prefecture, Japan

The cradle of Japan’s porcelain industry is Arita. Its origins are thought to trace back to 1616, when a Korean potter immigrating to Jaran discovered kaolin in the area. The area’s ceramics industry had seen substantial growth as an export industry. Arita ware was widely exported to Europe through the East India Company beginning in …

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. …

Kawachi Reservoir In Fukuoka, Japan

In the Yahala district of Kitakyushu, the Imperial Steel Works was built in 1901 as a hub for national steel production. The Kawachi Reservoir was built in 1927 to address the demand for industrial water that occurred as a result of the unexpected demand for steel following World War 1. The reservoir was built in …