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Traditions

In Japanese society, tradition is of the upmost importance and even modern traditions are held with reverence as being integral to the Japanese way of life. Everything from businesses, celebrations, shopping and food are effected by and display the various traditions important to the different elements of this timeless society.

Overnight trip from Tokyo- (2) Nostalgic Nagano

Located to the northwest of Tokyo, Nagano is easily accessible with Hokuriku Shinkansen and serves not only as an ideal overnight trip from Tokyo, but also a great stopover on the way to Kanazawa....

Kyoto by the Sea. Enchanting places. Engaging locals

So you’ve seen the golden splendour of to Kinkaku-ji, and walked the famed paths of Fushimi-inari taisha and Arashiyama. Perhaps you’ve even wondered the back alleys of Nishiki market and peered around town from...

Japanese Tea Ceremony: History & Philosophy

To gain an overall grasp of Japanese culture, why not try “tea ceremony?” The tea house or tea room is a miniature museum of “wa”—all things Japanese. Tea ceremony includes various highlights that symbolize Japan,...

Tokyo Edo Week : Wattention reports

Last week Tokyo organized a new event called the Tokyo Edo Week to promote traditional Japanese dress. There were definitely more people out in kimono than usual and Wattention was there to catch them all...
Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

  Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art created by Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940). This bamboo-lined path leads to the entrance of the museum. Information Nezu Museum [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3241.5992841993248!2d139.71490381525817!3d35.66224318019879!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60188b63fb3c4ec5%3A0xd0ca2110e541cb1c!2z77yI6LKh77yJ5qC55rSl576O6KGT6aSo!5e0!3m2!1sja!2sjp!4v1456120919456&w=700&h=300] ACCESS: 8-minute walk...

Teru Teru Bōzu

A てるてる坊主 (teru teru bōzu) is a small doll used to pray for good weather.  Teru (てる) means "shine" as in sunshine, while bōzu (坊主) refers to a Buddhist priest. It is believed that when you...

Waraji Festival Japan [Waraji Matsuri]

Waraji Matsuri Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture Aug. 3 - 6 Named after the traditional straw sandals for traveling, the 300-year-old festival features a huge waraji that measures 12 meters in length and weighs 2 tons. The...

Let’s welcome the New Year with a Japanese Nengajo

As the end of year approaches, we reflect on what happened this year; our triumphant moments, embarrassing accidents, endearing memories, new relationships, and sad goodbyes. Whatever happened, we can look forward to starting over...
Tokyo Bay Odaiba

Tokyo Bayside Story

WAttention Tokyo Culture Special Tokyo is a large, vibrant city with a long, colorful history. This summer, WAttention Tokyo takes magnifying glass to the south of the city and the Tokyo Bay area. Focusing first...

The Matsuri Manual : Festival Style Guide

In Japan, it is common to attend a summer festival (Matsuri) in a traditional Japanese outfit. Men usually wear a jinbei while women wear colourful yukatas matched with a pair of geta (Japanese wooden clogs) and a drawstring...