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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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hongan-ji Dendoin In Kyoto, Japan

This edifice, which is located near Nishi Hongan-ji and was created by the renowned architect It Chta, who also designed the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple in Tokyo, now houses a museum and an exposition hall. It was initially built for an insurance firm linked with the Hongan-ji sect 123 years ago, in the midst of the …

Lake Biwa Canal In Kyoto, Japan

The Lake Biwa Canal is a historic Japanese waterway that connects Lake Biwa with Kyoto. The canal, which was built during the Meiji Period, was originally intended to transmit lake water for drinking, irrigation, and industrial reasons, but it also served to move waterborne freight and passenger traffic. Water from the canal powered Japan’s first …

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 …

Toson Memorial Museum In Nakatsugawa, Japan

Toson Memorial Museum is a museum dedicated to Shimazaki Tson’s life and works in Magome-juku, Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The author was born in 1872 in the former Honjin, but his birthplace and boyhood home were largely destroyed in the 1895 inferno. The museum was rebuilt in 1947 following plans by Taniguchi Yoshir and opened …

The Former Kaichi School In Matsumoto, Japan

The former Kaichi School was built in 1876 and is a lovely school. Despite the fact that kids no longer attend the Former Kaichi School, the current Kaichi School is directly across the street. Kaichi School was the region’s first community school. Kaichi’s kanji literally means “opening people’s intelligence.” Prior to the establishment of this …

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 …