Hello Kitty luxury Doghouse

Hello Kitty’s luxurious Doghouse

This luxury doghouse was created in 2007 for a sales event at a department store in Tokyo and designed in collaboration with a maker of high-end pet goods. It’s worth3.9 million yen (32,000 dollars). The most expensive doghouse in the world, large enough for a Chihuahua or terrier, is decorated with 7,600 crystal beads and [...]

Astro Boy encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds

A Japanese boy looks at a 10 cm (4 inch) model of Japan’s rocket-powered boy Astro Boy encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds worth about 100 million yen ($828,720) displayed at a Tokyo department store April 7, 2003. Artist Osamu Tezuka, considered the father of Japan’s animation or “manga” industry, created Astro Boy as a [...]

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$900 for 35 grapes

Fruit is generally expensive in Japan and the locals seem to buy the fruits only as luxury gifts. After the Watermelon auctioned for $6,100 and the $2,000 mangoes, a bunch of grapes fetched a record $900 (for 35 grapes). “We believe the price was probably a record high,” said local agricultural official Hirofumi Isu. Of [...]

A $20,000 coffee maker from Japan

Blue Bottle Café in San Francisco is now serving coffee from the only halogen-powered coffee machine which looks like a machine from a Jules Verne novel. Called a siphon bar, it was imported from Japan at a total cost of more than $20,000. The New York Times reports that a cup of coffee from this [...]

World’s most expensive water

The world’s most expensive water can be found 2,000 feet down off the coast of Hawaii and is bottled by Hawaii Deep Marine. Called Kona Nigari, this water is a seawater mineral concentrate that should be mixed with regular water. Japanese consumers are paying top dollar for desalinated Hawaiian deep-sea water being marketed as a [...]

A country retreat outside of Tokyo

Takei-Nabeshima-Architects (TNA) designed a country retreat in the town of Karuizawa outside Tokyo, Japan, wrapped in rings of glass and wood and has an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the forest. TNA designed rings around the facade so that areas of private spaces and utilities could be met. The height of each ring was decided [...]

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