文化

CULTURE

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.

Tokyo Doodle © Simon Kalajdjiev

DRAWING TOKYO’S FUTURES: An interview with Simon Kalajdjiev

– An Interview with Simon Kalajdjiev, an architectural illustrator   Short Bio A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. 2006:...

Traditional Culture Experience Programs for Foreign Visitors!

Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) implement various projects and programs such as Japanese dance, Shamisen of Nagauta, Engei (Japanese...

DESIGN FESTA GALLERY – Art Let Loose

Free admission, free expression, free spirit– Design Festa Gallery is all about freedom and has been giving space to artists for 20 years. In...
kamata hakensha sharpening

Kamata Hakensha: The Soul Balanced on the Knife’s Sharp...

Samurai were said to believe that their soul resided inside their katana swords. Mr. Kamata of the eponymous and worldwide known store in Asakusa...

Discover Niigata from Tokyo. Let’s Go!【Festival】

Festival: Culture, Art and Tradition in the Rural Landscapes of Niigata 【Yuzawa•Uonuma Tokamachi City, Tsunanmachi】 Incorporating Art into the Countryside  Echigo Tsumari Art Festival 2018 Make it a...

The Untouched Soul of Shitamachi

People around the world tend to think of Japanese culture as very monolithic and homogenous. But the truth is that Japan’s modern identity is...
book of tokyo

Art and Architecture-Spotting Tours by WAttention

ART & ARCHITECTURE-SPOTTING ITINERARIES BY WATTENTION Ginza/Mita/Shinagawa Area ALL THE FACES OF ELEGANCE The Ginza area was the heart of Japan's modernity in the early 20th century...
Sakata

The Hina dolls of Sakata

The Shonai area located in Yamagata is formed up of Sakata and Tsuruoka City. In the past, Sakata flourished as a port for Kitamaebune...
Tsuruoka hina dolls

The Hina dolls heirloom of Tsuruoka

Northwest of Yamagata-ken lies Tsuruoka town, an important region during the Edo period due to the powerful Sakai family’s presence in the Shonai Domain...
Hina dolls

The Hina dolls of Murakami

Located in the north of Niigata-ken lies Murakami-shi, a once powerful jokamachi ( 城 下 町 , castle town) back in the Edo period....

Yamadera, Mogamigawa and Kisakata

Nostalgic and Picturesque Yamadera and Mogamigawa On our way to Yamagata-ken, we made a detour to drop by Hojin- no-ie Inn, the only remaining inn out...

Encounter Pure Land Buddhism in Hiraizumi

After arriving at Iwate-ken, we enjoyed a calming cruise down Geibikei, a gorge with impressive limestone features stretching two kilometres long. As we sailed...
Entsuin temple

Spectacular Views of Matsushima Bay

Upon arrival at Miyagi-ken, we headed to our first stop at Shiogama Jinja Shrine. With a long history dating back to the 9th century,...
basho

Journey with Matsuo Basho: Haiku master and adventurer

Spanning 2,400 kilometres, the trail mentioned in Oku-no-hosomichi consists of roads that lead to Nikko ( 日光 ), Oshu ( 奧州 ), Dewa (...
teamLab forest of lamps

Mori Digital Art Museum’s Brand New teamLab Exhibit

New Odaiba museum hosts art collective's first permanent installation: Borderless Japan's famous digital art collective teamLab has held several digital art exhibitions in Japan and around the...
Shinjuku’s main street circa 1935

Legendary Establishments as Landmarks of Shinjuku

Keeping Pace with Time Bearing Witness to the Changes of Shinjuku  Where it all began for Shinjuku? The busiest junction of Shinjuku-sanchome was known in the past...
Robot Restaurant Tokyo

The Dazzling Disarray of the Robot Restaurant

Offering a wholly unique, bombastic spectacle of a show you’re unlikely to find anywhere else Whenever I meet people on vacation in Japan and ask them...
Shinjuku panorama

SHINJUKU – A City of Rebirth

The Humble Origins of Shinjuku Tokyo’s Shinjuku is like no other place in the world, although many like to compare it to Las Vegas. On...
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...
Utagawa Toyokuni I "Women and an Infant Boy in a Public Bath House" 1799

Bathing Culture in Japan – WAttention Special

A nice hot bath is universally enjoyed and communal bathing has been a cultural element in various times and places in history. People have...