Friday, December 13, 2019

Nature

Immerse yourself in Japan’s nature: majestic mountains, fields of vibrant flowers, centuries-old bamboo groves and beech forests, as well as little pockets of paradise hidden among Japan’s high-rise cities.

A Taste of Sh旬n: River Fish

Heading to the river to catch unsuspecting river fish (by hand!) has long been a favourite summertime activity in Japan. Other than being a good family-bonding activity while reigniting that long lost hunting instinct...

World Heritage (2): Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Japanese castle architecture perfected and preserved After 5 and a half years of renovations, Himeji Castle reopened to the public in March in blazing white glory, with not just repainted walls and new roof tiles,...

Mt. Takao, Tokyo’s Mountain Everyone Can Climb

Mention Tokyo and psychedelic neon lights, soaring skyscrapers and quirky otaku shops might come to mind, but did you know that Tokyo also has a mountain and a countryside? As someone from the Netherlands - a...

Awa Odori: Japan’s Biggest Dance Festival

Awa Odori Festival Japan "It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches! If both are fools, you might as well have fun dancing!" The lyrics to the Awa Odori's thematic "Fool's Song" are a fitting...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...

Ise Grand Shrine: Japan’s Top Power Spot

A Shrine For The Bucket List  Since days of old, there has been a saying about the Ise Jingu, or Ise Grand Shrine: isshoni ichido wa omairi o, meaning one should worship there at least once...

Tenjin Matsuri: Osaka’s Festival of Fire and Water

If you are in Osaka tomorrow, you can catch this rare scene of a women-only contingent carrying a 200kg mikoshi (portable shrine) at the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street. This is the lead up to Osaka's...

Speedy Sapporo Sightseeing (5): The Green Trail

Hokkaido may be Japan's largest prefecture but it's largest city - and capital - Sapporo is easy to get about by foot or public transport. In this 5-part series, WAttention brings you some themed...

Kichijoji, casual Tokyo

Enjoy Tokyo like a local Voted as Tokyo's most livable area for an impressive seven years in a row, Kichijoji is the kind of place you can be your casual self. The streets are full of cafes,...

Picturesque Japan: Yakushima

A journey to one of the world's oldest cedar trees With over 90 percent of Yakushima  covered by mysterious forests, this island to the south of Kagoshima Prefecture can boast of over 1,900 species and subspecies of...