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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.

Niigata, a Feast for the Eyes and the Stomach – Gastronomy Cycling Tour in...

Gastronomy Cycling Tour in Niigata: Day 2​ Wrapped in cozy down comforters, we woke up in our ryokan, a wonderful traditional Japanese inn. As I slid open the paper screen window, the sunlight poured through....

My Niigata Dreams – Gastronomy Cycling Tour in Niigata

Gastronomy Cycling Tour in Niigata: Day 1 For years I’ve been saying that my dream was to stay in one of Japan’s traditional inns, a ryokan. I wondered when my dream would finally come true. We...

Deja Vu: Experience Tokyo’s Olympic History First-Hand

The rags to riches story of Tokyo in the 1960s only continued over the subsequent half-century. The old cliche of Tokyo inspiring Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner stands for a reason. But it’s only half...

The Everlasting Allure of the Ginza Shopping District

The glamorous Ginza area has a long history as being the most refined shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo, where top brands from around the world come to share their best products with Japan....

A Tale of Two Olympics – Interview with Robert Whiting –

Tokyo 1964: A View of the City In 1959, when Tokyo won its bid for the Tokyo 1964 Games, it was scarcely more than a glorified collection of shantytowns, as the Japanese nation was still...

A New Year in Ginza Blends Nostalgia with Modern Flair

2020 marks the beginning of the first calendar year for the Reiwa era. With the new year comes an enthusiastic desire for change and renewal, and rejuvenated shoppers will be walking among the glamorous...

ROBOT RESTAURANT: The Melting Pot of Everything Japanese

Many images are likely to come to your mind when you think of Japan: traditional culture and music, exaggerated fighting styles, colorful cuteness and futuristic robots. Now bring all those elements together in the...

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS: A Garden’s Carol

I thought it would be an interesting challenge to paint a painting that would evoke both my childhood Christmas and a Japanese New Year. I wanted it to be equally holy and celebratory by...

WAttention Tokyo 34 Tokyo Hot News

Bringing you the latest hot news Winter2019-20 Meet travelers from all over the world at shibuya-san ​With the opening of the mixed-use commercial facility “Shibuya FUKURAS” on December 5, the Shibuya district has undergone a makeover....

Another 3hr Trip Kagurazaka

Although Kagurazaka is close to Tokyo’s entertainment district, Shinjuku, it has a character all of its own. As a prominent hanamachi (geisha district) that thrived from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the Showa Period...