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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 their 71 different exhibition spaces they invite all artists, regardless...
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Kamata Hakensha: The Soul Balanced on the Knife’s Sharp Edge

Samurai were said to believe that their soul resided inside their katana swords. Mr. Kamata of the eponymous and worldwide known store in Asakusa gives soul to Japanese blades today. Located in the nostalgic-looking Kappabashi...
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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 and it has stayed the home of stellar architecture to...

Kanagawa Beaches: Guide to Cozy Restaurants with a View

The sweltering concrete jungle that is Tokyo has a few escape routes, one of them being the beaches in Kanagawa, just an hour or two train ride, depending on where you live in Tokyo....

WAttention Tohoku 6th Issue 2019 Spring & Summer Special Edition

WAttention Tohoku 【6th Issue】2019 Spring Summer SPECIAL EDITION Explore Japan’s Rich Heritage in Tohoku’s Six Prefectures and Niigata Tohoku’s Most Fun Spring Outings Heroes and heroines behind the festivals Eco-adventures in Tohoku Read the articles and answer our...
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Swimming Pools in Tokyo

Swimming and sunbathing in Tokyo’s concrete jungle Japanese summer is notoriously hot and humid, even dangerously so at times. However there are silver linings to everything, and in summer there is the joy of swimming...
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 enjoyed bathing together in Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the...
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Why I Love Sento: Interview with Stephanie Crohin

This is a love story of sorts, it truly is. Stephanie Crohin was invited by friends to experience a Japanese public bath or 'sento' one day, took the offer and was charmed by the...
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Bathing Culture: Mysteries of Sento: Q and A

Mysteries of Sento Japanese public bath or sento has been and still is big part of Japanese culture. However, many of those new to Japan are hesitant to visit sento because they don't feel they...
TOYOHARA KUNICHIKA "Naked bodies compared to irises in hot water, comparing hips to a snow laden willow in hot water." 1868

Bathing Culture: Sento Keywords

A lot of the items in a Japanese public bathhouse or sento have very specific names that are usually left untranslated. Instead of translation, they are best understood through explanations. Below, we delve into...