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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...

Travel back in time to Kawagoe, the little Edo. A day trip for art...

Have been to almost all major tourist attractions in Tokyo and have no idea where else to go? If you want to escape from Tokyo's hustle and bustle, visiting Kawagoe in suburb Tokyo will...

Eiheiji, the temple Steve Jobs wanted to study at

In Fukui there are two well known temples, Daianzenji and Eiheiji, that differ very strongly from each other. Eiheiji Temple belongs to the "Soto Zen" school of teaching and its name literally means temple...

Eiheiji, the temple Steve Jobs wanted to study at (2)

What do priest trainees eat? With more than 200 people living under one roof there must be a very complex system for cooking, right? On the contrary, the monks prefer to keep the sober lifestyle...

Five Fantastic Fukui Facts

You might not have heard of Fukui but there are many amazing things in this lesser known prefecture. Let WAttention introduce you to some fantastic facts that you can use in your next conversation...

Ichijodani Asakura Ruins, remnants of a powerful clan

The Asakura clan (朝倉氏) was one of the most powerful clans in Fukui during the Sengoku period (1467 - 1603). Ichijodani is the name of the city they built. At its height, Ichijodani had...

Ichijodani Asakura Ruins, remnants of a powerful clan (2)

The City There are many interesting things to see in the reconstruction of the Ichijodani. Actors walk around in historical costumes and mannequins are set up inside the homes to reenact historical scenarios. For safety reasons,...

Visit the Origin of Ninja (2) : Museums and a Ninja Trick House

After accomplishing a tranquil mind like a ninja, we moved on to the ninja house! Just across the road from the entrance from Okusha, we arrived at the Togakushi Folk Museum, Togakushi Ninja Museum and...

Picturesque Matsumoto (6) – Matsumoto Castle –

Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest original castles still remaining in Japan. Besides being designated as a "National Treasure of Japan" and its beautiful surroundings, the castle holds an immeasurable historical value for...

Picturesque Matsumoto (3) – Narai Juku –

Walking along this street makes me feel like a traveler from the Edo period (1603-1868). Narai Juku in Nagano prefecture was the thirty-fourth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendo, one of the old five...