Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ninja Blog

See Japan through the eyes of WAttention Ninjas, foreign students and foreign residents in Japan who blog for WAttention, bringing you fresh and offbeat news and information. 【Breaking News】 Recruiting new Ninjas! Are you interested in an opportunity to share your unique Japanese experience with a greater audience? You’ve come to the right place. We’re looking for foreign students and foreign residents in Japan who can contribute to our Ninja Blog! Provide fresh information and ideas about Japan from a foreigner’s perspective and get rare opportunities to participate in invite-only receptions and events, or travel around Japan with the WAttention editorial team as a certified WAttention Ninja! For more information click here.

History of Christmas in Japan

If you're in Japan during the Christmas season you might be wondering why Christmas decorations are so prevalent. After all, only about 2% of the Japanese population is Christian and as good as all...

History of Christmas in Japan (2)

The reason why Japanese people have strawberry shortcake for Christmas While many countries serve a type of fruitcake for Christmas, Japanese people will more likely serve strawberry shortcakes: light and airy sponge cakes topped and...

History of Christmas in Japan (3)

The reason why Japanese people have fried chicken for Christmas After the end of World War II Christmas became synonymous with "peace", something the people desperately needed. The Christmas celebrations made a return and so...

Gundam and Japan: ode to the statue

Bandai Namco recently announced that it will remove the iconic Gundam statue in front of Tokyo Odabai's Diver City next year (Model RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Ver. GFT to be exact). Its last public appearance...

Winter Solstice in Japan

Winter Solstice is the day of the year when the night is the longest. This year for Japan this day falls on December 21st with a sunrise from 6:48am and a sunset at 4:32pm. Winter...

Why are Japanese homes so cold during winter?

The cold weather is creeping in and many foreigners start wondering why Japanese homes are so cold. Compared to Western houses that are insulated and equipped with central heating, most Japanese homes don't have...

Winter Illumination at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture

Not even 2 hours away from Tokyo by train you can watch Japan’s No.1 Illumination Show at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture. 3,5 million warm and sparkling lights will surround you at this...

The Kotatsu Trap

Invented in the 14th century, the kotatsu has been trapping people with its warmth ever since. Forget all plans for a productive day once you turn on this toasty, motivation-sucking device. Has it been...

Tobu Treasure Garden in Tatebayashi (Gunma Prefecture)

The Tobu Treasure Garden located in Gunma Prefecture about 55km away from Tokyo, can be reached within only 1hour from Asakusa Station (Tokyo) and is perfect for a day trip during spring, summer or...

Beyond the Beaten Track : Finding Japan’s Lesser-Known Magnificence

WATTENTION AUTUMN TRIP REPORT Never underestimate Japan. It’s a mistake to confine yourself to the sprawling, labyrinth-esque borders of Tokyo on a visit to Japan. The incessant gleam of neon lights has a sedative effect that...