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Honbo Garden – Osaka, Japan | Photograph by 63highland Japanese Gardens can be found at private homes, in neighborhood or city parks, and at historical landmarks such as Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and old castles around the world. In Japanese culture, garden-making is a high art, intimately related to the linked arts of calligraphy and ink painting. Japanese gardens were first developed under the influences of the distinctive and stylized Chinese gardens.
Yakuza ( ヤクザ or やくざ ? ) [ needs IPA ] , also known as gokudō ( 極道 ? ) , are members of Transnational organized crime syndicates in Japan . The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan ( 暴力団 ? , "violence group") , while the yakuza call themselves " ninkyō dantai " ( 任侠団体 or 仁侠団体 ? , "chivalrous organizations") .
It seems that my sushi kick is not totally over yet – will it ever be? I have never heard of inarizushi before. I accidentally read about while browsing the Internet and it made me want to try one. So what is inarizushi and how is it different from the “normal” sushi that we eat?
I love learning something that flips my head upside down. So, let's look at one of the coolest head-flippers I've found: Japanese addresses . Imagine you're standing in Chicago and a Japanese man asks you, “What's the name of this block?” Thinking you've misunderstood the question, you say, “This is Erie Street. We're between Wabash Ave and Rush Street.”
Justifiably designated as a Unesco World Heritage site ( Japan ’s first) in 1993, Yakushima is one of Japan ’s most remarkable travel destinations. More than 75% of Yakushima is covered with thickly forested mountains, and while the high peaks are snowcapped in winter, the mangrove-dotted flat lands around the coastline remain subtropical. The island’s towering terrain also manages to catch every inbound rain cloud, which gives Yakushima one of the wettest climates in Japan .
Tenryu-ji Temple Ashikaga Takeuji converted the Kameyama Detached Palace into a zen temple in 1239, which was the start of Tairyuji Temple. Behind the main hall is the Sogenchi Garden, Japan's first nationally designated place of scenic beauty. The shrine's autumn leaf display is particularly beautiful, and the garden features a view of Arashiyama Mountain in a famous example of the “borrowed scenery” landscaping technique. Koke-dera Temple The proper name of this temple is Saiho-ji Temple.
Jul 10, 2010 6:27:08 AM Japan’s Southwest Islands, or Nansei-shotō, are the other Japan : a chain of semitropical islands that feel more like Hawaii or Southeast Asia than the main islands of Japan. Stretching from Kyūshū in the north to within sight of Taiwan in the south, these coral-fringed islands are sure to be a revelation to those who make the journey. First and foremost, the islands are a nature lover’s paradise: starting with the islands of Kagoshima-ken in the north, you’ll find lush primeval forests hidden among the craggy peaks of Yakushima.
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Commanding shoguns and fierce samurai warriors, exotic geisha and exquisite artisans – all were part of a Japanese renaissance between the 16th and 19th centuries when Japan went from chaos and violence to a land of ritual refinement and peace. But stability came at a price: for nearly 250 years, Japan was a land closed to the Western world, ruled by the shogun under his absolute power and control. Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire brings to life the unknown story of a mysterious empire, its relationship with the West, and the forging of a nation that would emerge as one of the most important countries in the world. The Way of the Samurai .