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From omotenashi and kimono to anime and cosplay, explore the fascinating world of Japan’s cultures and subcultures as well as the intricate aspects of Japanese traditions and customs.

Noh Theater Workshop in Tokyo

What is Noh? The word literally means "skill", and is a form of classical drama, created in Iga by Kan'ami Kiyotsugu during the Muromachi period in Japan (14th century). Kiyotsugu incorporated story, dance and...

WAttention 29 Special: ARCHITECTURE & ARTS IN TOKYO

Tokyo – the metropolis of organized chaos, where buildings seem to have grown at will. And they have grown in all shapes and sizes: thin stick-like buildings wedged between bigger ones, wooden temples...

Tokyo Through Architects’ Eyes

Tokyo has been bottomless inspiration for many architects and architecture admirers from all around the world. As Keisuke Oka, an independent architect we interviewed, put it — buildings are a form of street performance...
Tokyo Doodle © Simon Kalajdjiev

DRAWING TOKYO’S FUTURES: An interview with Simon Kalajdjiev

– An Interview with Simon Kalajdjiev, an architectural illustrator Short Bio A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. 2006: editor in chief and designer of “Comicus Magnus” magazine; 2008:...

Traditional Culture Experience Programs for Foreign Visitors!

Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) implement various projects and programs such as Japanese dance, Shamisen of Nagauta, Engei (Japanese art performance) and more throughout the year that not only...

DESIGN FESTA GALLERY – Art Let Loose

Free admission, free expression, free spirit– Design Festa Gallery is all about freedom and has been giving space to artists for 20 years. In their 71 different exhibition spaces they invite all artists, regardless...
kamata hakensha sharpening

Kamata Hakensha: The Soul Balanced on the Knife’s Sharp Edge

Samurai were said to believe that their soul resided inside their katana swords. Mr. Kamata of the eponymous and worldwide known store in Asakusa gives soul to Japanese blades today. Located in the nostalgic-looking Kappabashi...

Discover Niigata from Tokyo. Let’s Go!【Festival】

Festival: Culture, Art and Tradition in the Rural Landscapes of Niigata 【Yuzawa•Uonuma Tokamachi City, Tsunanmachi】 Incorporating Art into the Countryside  Echigo Tsumari Art Festival 2018 Make it a point to catch this triennial showcase of colorful artwork inspired by...

The Untouched Soul of Shitamachi

People around the world tend to think of Japanese culture as very monolithic and homogenous. But the truth is that Japan’s modern identity is a complex mix of the country’s two old cultural heritages:...
book of tokyo

Art and Architecture-Spotting Tours by WAttention

ART & ARCHITECTURE-SPOTTING ITINERARIES BY WATTENTION Ginza/Mita/Shinagawa Area ALL THE FACES OF ELEGANCE The Ginza area was the heart of Japan's modernity in the early 20th century and it has stayed the home of stellar architecture to...