Although the fact that this shooting occurred answers our main question — do the yakuza have guns? Yes, the yakuza do use guns
Author: Callum Howe
So who was the last samurai? That title is usually bestowed upon a man by the name of Saigō Takamori (1828 – 1877). He was one of the most important figures of Japan’s tumultuous transition into the modern era: instrumental in the restoration of power to the emperor and his new government, but also famous for taking up arms against these powers just a few years after!
There are still a few important rules to observe while smoking in Japan to make sure you don’t fall foul of the country’s regulations. You can smoke in a large number of restaurants, bars, and clubs, but smoking on the street is generally frowned upon.
If you’re reading this, I can only assume that you’ve just ordered a ¥1000 Asahi at a Tokyo restaurant, and been served a tiny half-pint
However, when it comes to eating, there are plenty of options available across the entire price spectrum — assuming you know where to look. You can either spend your evenings splashing out on high-end traditional dining, or scrape some pennies together for a (surprisingly delicious) convenience store banquet. Whatever the state of your finances we’ve got your covered.
However, if you’ve been paying any attention to international rugby union in recent years, you’ll be well aware that times are-a changing; many Japanese people have been in the grip of rugby fever for a while now, which reached new heights in 2019 when the Rugby World Cup was held here. Despite their underdog status, the national team managed to dish out devastating defeats to both Wales and Scotland, victories surpassed only by their surprise thumping of South Africa four years prior.
That’s because eating horse isn’t taboo at all in Japan — in fact, it’s very common. Much like in France and Italy, people in Japan tend not to draw a line between horses and their other farmyard friends when writing up their menus. It wasn’t always this way however, as at one time eating horse could land you in some serious trouble with the government and religious authorities.
Skiers and snowboarders here benefit from excellent transport links, high-quality accommodation, and thousands of natural hot springs in which to ease their aching muscles after a long day on the slopes. Whether you want to spend a weekend away from the city or go for a full skiing vacation, you’ll find plenty of options to suit you.
The technological reality in Japan is quite bizarre — equal parts exciting innovation, dusty retrofuturism, and downright outdated analog systems. On one hand, they have some of the fastest trains in the world, but on the other, the companies which run them still use fax machines and pagers!