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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.

Tono: the Enchanting Land of Yokai

Welcome to Tono, home of the most Yokai in Japan Hop on a bicycle and see which ones you can find! Surrounded by 1000-meter-high mountains, the village of Tono in Iwate is the ground zero...

A day in Sumida Ward; Following in the footsteps of Hokusai

For the typical foreign tourist to Tokyo, a stop at Asakusa’s temples and souvenir shops is a must. Visitors tend to stop by the edge of the Sumida river and take pictures with the...

Snow at its Best: Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Toshogu Shrine and Lake Chuzenji are two of the most well-known attractions in Nikko. But do you know that Yunishigawa is also an attraction with historical significance? You don’t have to travel all the...

The History of Yokohama: Perry, Ports, and Progress

Yokohama is a modern day city filled to the brim with originality, a mixture of innovation, and history. Walking along its streets you'll be struck by any number of features that make it unique, from...

Another 3hr trip – Nightlife in Tokyo

It is the last day of your trip and you have three hours left before departing for the airport. Don’t know what to do with the time ? WAttention did the homework for you....

Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: One of Tokyo’s most artistic hotels

Paintings found in hotel rooms and hallways have often been a synonym for tasteless, mass-produced decoration items that fill empty walls; however, in Japan hospitality or omotenashi dictates that the host makes his...

My second minshuku experience with an intense autumn workout in the rice field

There is a Chinese saying which means ‘foreign at first, but familiar the second time around’. If you’ve read the article I wrote previously, you will know that it was my first experience...

Winter Illuminations Spots in Tokyo 2017

Christmas and New Year’s is coming! Have you decided how to spend your break in Tokyo? In recent years, winter illumination shows and displays have become must-see attractions to visit during this season in...

Valentine’s Day in Japan: what to expect?

As with every other imported holiday, Japan puts its own twist on Valentine's Day as well. If you are used to a variety of romantic gifts such as chocolates, candles, jewelry, special dinners, flowers...

Matsumoto Castle: One of the best preserved castles

  You can’t leave Nagano without visiting Matsumoto Castle! This black and white, six-story castle is a magnificent site with the Japanese Alps in the background. Being one of the oldest castles in Japan–built in...