Hill of the Buddha – The Lavender-covered Buddha in Sapporo

A Buddhist shrine at Makomanai Takino Cemetery, designed by Japanese modernist architect Tadao Advertisements


Toho Studios – The home of Godzilla in Tokyo

A fictional monster, originating from a series of Japanese films of the same name. The character first appeared in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla and became a worldwide pop culture icon, appearing in various media, including 32 films produced by Toho, three Hollywood films and numerous video games, novels, comic books and television shows. Toho was created […]

The first Seiko wristwatch in Tokyo

The company was founded in 1881, when Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop called “K. Hattori” in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan. Eleven years later, in 1892, he began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha Hattori quickly recognized the growing worldwide popularity of the wristwatch and predicted that the demand for wristwatches would […]

Toyota – The first passenger car in Nagoya

The production of Toyota automobiles was started in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works devoted to the production of automobiles Three A1 prototypes were completed in May 1935. The A1 was a fully enclosed, 4-door sedan, with normal front doors and forward-opening suicide-style rear doors. Used the 3,389 cc Type A 6-cylinder engine producing […]