Japan beats France on three-star restaurants

Japan has overtaken France for the number of restaurants with three Michelin stars, according to the latest guide to the nation’s western cities to be released on Friday. Japan is now home to 29 establishments that hold the highly coveted three-star rating, against 25 in France. The latest version of the Michelin guide to Kyoto, … Continued

The World’s Most Expensive Lunch Box

Japanese Department store Takashimaya is selling three commemorative gold boxes for New Year “Osechiryori” food delicacies to mark its 180th anniversary. The luxury lunch boxes, with three layers, are made from 18-karat gold and weigh 3.35 kilograms. Takashimaya said it is selling only three of them for 18.9 million yen ($229,000) each for New Year … Continued

Toyota Ponam-35 Luxury Boat

More renowned for its prowess with wheeled vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. is increasing its seaborne fleet with the launch of a new leisure boat, the Ponam-35. But the 11.95-meter cruiser is still related to the car manufacturer’s mainstream products as its two V8-cylinder engines are adapted versions of the 4.5-liter V8 diesel engine that can … Continued

Roberto Cavalli Opens First Japan Flagship Store

Italian brand Roberto Cavalli has announced that it will open its first Japan flagship store in September, with the designer behind the label to visit Tokyo to mark the opening of the boutique in early November. The store is located in the city’s upmarket Aoyama district and will also be the first directly owned and … Continued

Domino’s plans pizza on the Moon

The pizza restaurant chain Domino’s has claimed that it intends to sell its pizzas by opening a store on the moon. Domino’s Japan President, Scott K. Oelkers states this outer-space program needs an estimate of 1.6 trillion yen ($21 billion). Around Y560bn will be need to carry 70 tonnes of construction materials and pizza-making equipment … Continued

Bottega Veneta Japan Charity Keyring

Bottega Veneta have launched a special keyring for Japan and in particular to help the people struck by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Designed by Creative Director Tomas Maier, the keyring is made from a hand-woven intrecciato nappa leather and will be available in a run of only 1,000 pieces. It will be … Continued

Uniqlo teams up with Gaga and Lagerfeld

Japan’s biggest clothes retailer continues to take the lead in relief efforts following the country’s earthquake and tsunami disaster, partnering with a star-studded cast of designers for a new t-shirt collection. Uniqlo, whose CEO Tadashi Yanai already donated $12 million of his own money and a lot more in clothes, will release a range of … Continued

Gucci chooses Japan for anniversary celebrations

While fashion brands have recently turned to China to stage prestigious events, Gucci will fete its 90 years at Kyoto’s Golden Temple, Women’s Wear Daily reports. The Japanese city being the sister city of Gucci’s native Florence, the Italian brand deemed it an appropriate place to showcase a selection of rare and unique items from … Continued

Gucci Loves You Bracelet for Japan

Gucci have created a limited edition bracelet to help support the relief efforts in earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan. Featuring a white-red-white web that recalls the colors of the Japanese flag, the bracelet carries a medal with a message that reads, “Gucci loves you.” The bracelet will go on sale in Gucci stores throughout Japan … Continued

Tokyo’s fashion stores slowly reopen

According to local and international media, Tokyo‘s fashion business is gradually getting back to usual. After the earthquake hit Japan on March 11, many brands including Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Cartier acted to bring some of their executive staff back to their home countries and closed local boutiques. News outlets including WWD and Racked now … Continued

Shangri-La stops taking bookings in Tokyo

The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyosaid Monday it would not accept any new bookings “until further notice”, citing the city’s uncertain power supply following Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami. The hotel said it hoped to resume normal operations as soon as possible but the decision highlighted problems the tourism industry will be forced to confront as … Continued

Virgin Atlantic offers helicopter transfers in Tokyo

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline to lay on a complimentary helicopter transfer for its Upper Class passengers between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and the center of the city. Around 75 km to the east of Tokyo, Narita is infamous for its remoteness and poor links to the heart of the metropolis. New bus … Continued

Japan’s young generation closes ‘luxury wallet’

According to a Women’s Wear Daily report, young Japanese shoppers are less impressed by designer brands and more value-driven than their parents. The consulting firm McKinsey & Co. already reported last July that “almost 30 percent of shoppers under 30 in Japan named price as the most important factor they consider when shopping, compared to … Continued

Smart ForTwo chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Mercedes Benz on Wednesday unveiled a chocolate-themed version of its Smart car in Tokyo, just a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day. In Japan, there’s a tradition which says that women have to buy chocolate for men on this occasion. Designed by designer Tadaaki Wakamutsu of Japanese luxury jeweler/chocolatier Q-Pot, the unique Smart city car … Continued

Franck Muller Luxury iPhone 4 Case

Swiss luxury watch maker Franck Muller has designed a special case for the iPhone, which is now available for pre-order in Japan for a whopping $1,270. The cases will be sold as a limited edition, with Japanese iPhone provider SoftBank offering a total of 6 different models that will be produced 500 times each.

Giant tuna sells for record 396,000 dollars in Japan

A monster bluefin tuna sold for a record 396,000 dollars in the year’s first auction at the world’s biggest fish market in Tokyo Wednesday amid intense pre-dawn bidding. The 342-kilogramme (752-pound) fish — caught off Japan‘s northern island of Hokkaido — fetched a winning bid of 32.49 million yen (396,000 dollars). It was the highest … Continued

Japan bakery scores surprise hit with ‘edible iPhone’

Fans of Apple’s iPhone who just can’t get enough of the popular gadget can now travel to Japan to gobble up a tasty cookie modelled on the popular smartphone. A small bakery in Japan has enjoyed a surprise hit with its “iPhone cookie”, a handmade chocolate biscuit decorated with colourful, edible application icons. Green Gables … Continued

Pure Gold 2011 Miffy Rabbit Calendar

Japanese jewelry maker Ginza Tanaka has put on sale a 2011 calendar made of 6 kilograms of pure gold featuring popular Dutch rabbit character Miffy. The calendar measuring 64 centimeters by 40 centimeters is on sale at eight outlets of the company as well as online. The special solid gold Miffy calendar celebrates the “Year … Continued

Tokyo remains top gourmet city in Michelin Guide

Tokyo is now the city with the most Michelin three-star rated restaurants in the world trumping Paris, once considered the gastronomic capital of the world. The Tokyo metropolitan area, which unseated Paris from the No. 1 spot and this year, the number of three-star restaurants increased from 11 to 14. The total number of restaurants … Continued