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Japan’s Nara Juvenile Prison Will Reopen As The Country’s First Prison Hotel

Take one last peak at the classic design of the ancient Japanese prison.

One of Japan’s Five Great Prisons, Nara Juvenile Prison, closed its door last March 2017. Japanese Ministry of Justice proposed to turn the old prison to the first Prison Hotel in the country.

The Nara Prison existed in the year 1908. The massive red brick walls and beautiful architecture is one of the Five Great Prisons (Chiba, Kanazawa, Nagasaki, Nara, Kagoshima) built in the Meiji Era, designed by the grandfather of jail architect, Keijiro Yamashita, of the Department of Justice at that time.

It is the only remaining prison that was built by the Meiji government.

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It, later on, changed its name to Nara Juvenile Prison in 1946. The switch was done because the old jail has become a correctional institution that focused on the rehabilitation education of all prisoners. The prison was still operating and has become an essential asset to the culture of the country until it closed its doors last year.

The place resembles western palace from the outside.

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The gate has two pillars with an onion-shaped dome at the top. In the midst of a private area, the prison gate is an eye-catching figure.

A spacious courtyard will meet you after passing on the gate.

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In the center across the entrance is the government building. At its back are the prison buildings.

The five buildings and the central guardhouse looks like a spread-out palm in an aerial view.

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The five buildings are proportionately placed from the middle building. It is designed to give the guards a glimpse of all corridors at the central guardhouse.

The prison doors are about 10 centimeters thick with an iron plate on the inside and a sturdy lock on the outside.

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It’s tactically built with a window for monitoring and a small window where the food is passed through.

It also has a yellow plate that comes out by pushing a button from the inside of the cell.

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It is used to call the attention of the guard on duty.

In the middle of the second-floor corridor, an iron grating fitted a hole.

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This hole serves as a window for guards to monitor the floor below.

Japan’s government is rebuilding the old historical jail into a prison hotel.

The purpose for the renovation of the 109-year-old ancient prison is to preserve the cultural property into a historical museum. They will also build accommodation and commercial facilities to promote tourism in Nara prefecture.

Japan’s Nara Juvenile Prison will be reborn as the country’s first Prison Hotel and is said to open the business in the year 2020.

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If you’re driving a smaller vehicle and are not very cautious, big trucks and buses can be potential road risks. Because of their build and size, these large vehicles naturally have “large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability,” according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.

Fortunately, there are safety precautions you can take in order to avoid mishaps involving these vehicles. Here are 7 simple rules to keep in mind when you’re out there on the road:

1. Avoid Blind Spots

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Chichicastenango Cemetery, A Colorful Maya Tribute To The Dearly Departed

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It's hard to miss Cementerio General once you reach the town of Chichicastenango

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Macau’s Newest Ultra Luxury Hotel Looks Like A Place Straight From Your Dreams

Sweet dreams are made of these.

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Macau has long been a mecca of glitz and glamour. Dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia, it boasts of sprawling casinos and luxury hotels to cater to the wealthy tourists who flock Asia’s well-known gambling hotspot.

One look at the newest ultra-luxury hotel located in the City of Dreams Macau and everyone will agree that it rightfully deserves the name it was given: Morpheus - the Greek god of dreams. This architectural masterpiece is the world’s first aluminum exoskeleton high rise. This extraordinary twin tower structure surely stands out amid Macau’s skyline.

Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, an award-winning architect.

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