French pastry wizard Pierre Hermé, best known for his inventive macaron flavors, has been tapped by All Nippon Airways to cater its dessert menu.
Fans bidding in a charity online auction to buy a teacup used once by pop diva Lady Gaga had offered more than four million yen ($50,000).
After being awarded four more 3-starred restaurants by Michelin guide last week, Japan widened the gulf between it and its closest culinary rival, France.
With an astonishing asking price of US$21.1 million, this Tokyo pad is the most expensive one-room apartment in the world.
A documentary that goes behind the counter and into the life of a man who’s been called the greatest sushi chef in the world is set to open in New York Friday. Tucked away in an underground Tokyo subway station is an unremarkable-looking 10-seat eatery called Sukiyabashi Jiro which serves Michelin-starred sushi by 85-year-old Jiro … Continued
One of Tokyo‘s historic hotels – The Tokyo Station Hotel – will be reopening its doors on 3rd October 2012. The hotel takes up a large part of the historic red brick building that was originally built in 1914 and has been undergoing a complete renovation since March 2006. The hotel is already accepting reservations for … Continued
Fujifilm’s Astalift anti-aging skincare line will begin its European expansion by launching in France March 8, giving women the opportunity to benefit from the technology behind one of Japan‘s best-selling skincare brands. The line has been prepped to go on sale in France on International Women’s Day before reaching the UK in the spring as … Continued
A deep-pocketed restaurateur shelled out nearly $750,000 for a tuna at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Thursday, smashing the record price for a single bluefin. The 269-kilogramme fish stood at an eye-popping 56.49 million yen ($736,500) when the hammer came down in the first auction of the year. The figure dwarfs the previous high of … Continued
A Japanese department store is offering anyone with a quarter of a million dollars a lucky dip bag stuffed with expensive jewellery to ring in the New Year. One lucky customer prepared to hand over a numerically significant 20.12 million yen ($259,000) can celebrate the turn of the year with a fistful of precious baubles. … Continued
French luxury macaron brand Ladurée has announced the launch of a color cosmetics range called Les Merveilleuses de Laduree. Created by Albion Cosmetics, the collection will include 20 different blush colors in the form of cameos as well as liquid foundation and lip color. The range will launch in Japan this February before reaching Europe … Continued
US fast-food chain Wendy’s, known for its square beef patties and baked potatoes, on Tuesday unveiled a foie gras burger as it sprang back into life in Japan. Two years after shutting up shop because of falling profits, Wendy’s is hoping its exotic new menu will tickle the sophisticated Japanese palate. The regular buns are … Continued
A fleet of luxury sportscars has been involved in one of the most expensive accidents in history after an astonishing multi-car pile-up in Japan. The wreck included several Ferrari 355s, Ferrari F430s, Ferrari F360, Ferrari F512, Lamborghini Diablo and three Mercedes models as well as a Nissan Skyline. The Ferrari driver reportedly lost control round … Continued
Even though Christmas is not a traditional Japanese celebration, few places in the world mark December 25 with such gusto as Tokyo. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has announced a WISH.forJapan Christmas package that is available December 10-25. 10 percent of the price, which starts at Y52,000 per night will go to support people affected by … Continued
Tokyo has now more Michelin three star restaurants than Paris, according to the latest edition of the gastronomical guide. Japan as a whole also beats France, with 32 establishments granted the maximum grade, against 25 in the guide’s home country. Paris has just 10 three star eateries. Of Tokyo’s 160,000 restaurants, 16 were awarded top … Continued
Ritz-Carlton is planning to open its third hotel in Japan in the ancient capital of Kyoto in spring 2014 by rebuilding the Hotel Fujita Kyoto, which closed in January. The hotel will be built alongside the Kamogawa river, which is one of the most popular walking spots, particularly during the cherry blossom season in the … Continued
Suntory has started accepting orders for a limited 150-bottle edition of the “Yamazaki Single Malt 50-Year-Old Whisky” at 1 million yen per bottle.
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
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
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
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