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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...
Utagawa Toyokuni I "Women and an Infant Boy in a Public Bath House" 1799

Bathing Culture: The History of Sento

Beginnings of Sento A lot of people from various cultures have felt that bathing cleans more than just their bodies; there is also a feeling of cleansing your mind and soul. This is no coincidence,...
Michael Feather Photography from Sanja Festival

The Spirit of Summer Festivals and Portable Shrines

WAttention Tokyo Culture Special Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. One of the three biggest in Tokyo and one...
Sanja matsuri

The Roots and History of Summer Festivals in Japan

Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. 'Tis the Season for Matsuri If you know Japan, you know it breathes with...
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Backstage at Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa

Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. One of the three biggest in Tokyo and one of the earliest,...