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Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Florale Edition

Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Florale Edition

Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Florale Edition

Perrier-Jouët unveils “Belle Epoque Florale Edition by Makoto Azuma” in Japan, the first designed Limited Edition of Belle Epoque since Emile Gallé in 1902.

The launch, held in Tokyo last week, marked a historical event for the company and fortified its ties to one of the thirstiest markets in the world for luxury goods.
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mixed compote of raw and stewed fruits

Pierre Hermé creates desserts for ANA Airways

mixed compote of raw and stewed fruits

The man who’s been described as the ‘Picasso’ of the pastry world has been tapped by All Nippon Airways to cater its dessert menu.

Passengers on international flights traveling in First and Business Class will tuck into a range of in-flight desserts created by French pastry wizard Pierre Hermé, best known for his inventive macaron flavors and gourmet cakes.

The trio of desserts will debut in June for First Class customers and in September for Business Class passengers.
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Lady Gaga teacup

Lady Gaga teacup hits $50,000 and rising in Japan

Lady Gaga teacup

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) by Tuesday.

The china cup and saucer set was used by the star at a press conference in Tokyo three months after the massive tsunami of March last year swamped a large stretch of coastline.
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apartment Minami-Azabu Tokyo

World’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment

With an astonishing asking price of US$21.1 million, this Tokyo pad is the most expensive one-room apartment in the world.

apartment Minami-Azabu Tokyo

Dubbed “The House”, the luxury penthouse is located in the most expensive neighbourhood in Tokyo, the Minami-Azabu district.

Featuring 4,434 square feet of living space, the owner spent the past 18 months renovating it to become a live-in masterpiece.

The world's most expensive apartment Tokyo

In the living room is an original art piece by Hiroshi Senju painted on-site. Most of the furniture in the home is custom designed by Ceccotti Collezioni, as well as Italian imported stone and wood used for many of the walls, flooring, and doors.

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The dining room is designed for dinner parties in the special Japanese “Ryotei” syle where the chef can serve guests directly from the gourmet kitchen.

Japanese Ryotei style dining room

There is also a separate casual dining room with the Parisian-style terrace overlooking the peaceful Arisugawa Park. The bright and cheerful eat-in kitchen is fitted with all La Cornue appliances.

most expensive 1-bedroom apartment bedroom

The one and only bedroom boasts an extensively fitted walk-in closet space and an extremely luxurious bathroom with hot tub and a 60 inch television.

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Also, from the entrance down the long hallway, the walls open up as a massive shoe storage unit that holds up to 200 pairs of shoes.

walk in wardrobe

The focal point of this amazing home is the courtyard garden. The corridor surrounding it is designed as a lounge space for guests to enjoy the charming seasonal garden. Source: Sotheby’s.

most expensive 1-bedroom apartment courtyard garden

Jiro On sushi

The World’s Best Sushi Chef – VIDEO

Jiro On sushi

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 Ono, the first chef in Japan to earn three Michelin stars.
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Tokyo Station Hotel

Tokyo Station Hotel

Tokyo Station Hotel

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 its wedding and function rooms.

Built in an eye-catchingly un-Japanese style, the building embodied Japan’s social and cultural globalization and modernization efforts in the early 20th century.
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Naomi Watts

Fujifilm to launch skincare range in Europe

Naomi Watts

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 well as Germany and Spain.

Launched by the film and digital camera company Fujifilm in 2007, Astalift last year unveiled its plans to follow in the footsteps of Japanese beauty giants such as Shiseido, SK-II and Shu Uemura by entering the European market.

The European range will be similar to Japan’s existing line, including the company’s signature product — an anti-aging serum called Astalift Jelly Aquarysta, which contains astaxanthin, an antioxidant taken from seaweed. Collagen is also an area of expertise at Astalift, since it’s a component of film.

Actress Naomi Watts was recently announced European Brand Ambassador, explaining her appreciation for Jelly Aquarysta.

“I’m proud to be the ambassador for Astalift as it’s really important to me to look and feel my most radiant self. I love Jelly Aquarysta and I really feel Astalift will become the favorite skincare too of women everywhere,” she said in a release.

As well as being popular in Japan and China, Astalift recently opened its first flagship skincare boutique in Malaysia. A spokesperson for Astalift last year told WWD the company eventually expects to enter the US market after the European launch.

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bluefin tuna

Single tuna fetches record $736k at Japan auction

bluefin tuna

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 32.49 million yen paid at last year’s inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market in Tokyo.
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fukubukuro

Japan store offers $250k jewel lucky dip bag

fukubukuro

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.

The “fukubukuro” (lucky bag) — a feature of the New Year in Japan, one of the country’s most important holidays — will go on sale on January 2.
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Laduree make up

“Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée” Makeup Line

Laduree make up

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.

Laduree cosmetics

The range will launch in Japan this February before reaching Europe in fall 2012, followed by the US and elsewhere in Asia.

Ladurée’s decision to enter the cosmetics industry follows the launch in 2007 of a beauty line comprising items such as face and body cream using almonds to moisturize the skin, as well as selling home fragrances and candles.

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Foie Gras Rossini Burger

Foie gras burger in Japan

Foie Gras Rossini Burger

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 still there but are joined by the foie gras burgers, which cost 1,280 yen ($16), and avocado and wasabi burgers (820 yen) as well as grilled chicken served with truffle and porcini mushroom sauce (920 yen).
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ferrari car crash

Fleet of Ferraris ruined in Japan sportscar pileup

ferrari car crash

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 a wet curve of China Road in Yamaguchi Prefecture when he hit a median creating a catastrophic chain reaction.
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Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo suite

Shangri-La Tokyo offers Christmas delights

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo suite

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 the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan in March.
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Bernard Delmas Tokyo Michelin 2012

Tokyo tops out Paris again as world food capital

Bernard Delmas Tokyo Michelin 2012

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 marks, 52 got two stars and 179 were deemed worthy of one star by the authors of the Red Guide.
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Ritz-Carlton to open property in Kyoto

Kamogawa river

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 spring.

Strict regulations on the construction of buildings within the metropolis — which remains one of the few low-rise cities in Japan — mean that the hotel will have a maximum of four floors above ground but a further three levels underground.
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Yamazaki single malt Whisky

50-year-old whisky goes on sale in Japan

Yamazaki single malt Whisky

Japan‘s top whisky distiller has started accepting orders for a limited run of a whisky that has been aged in oak barrels for more than 50 years.

Shipments of the Yamazaki Single Malt 50-Year-Old Whisky will begin on Dec 13, in response to orders taken at department stores and liquor shops across Japan.

Suntory said it is only producing 150 bottles, but added that demand had already been strong and that it is considering another similar release in the future.
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Japan beats France on three-star restaurants

Guide Michelin Japan 2012

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, Osaka, and Kobe this year adds the former capital Nara and will be available both in Japanese and English.
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Takashimaya gold lunch box

The World’s Most Expensive Lunch Box

Takashimaya gold 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 and is accepting orders until Oct 11.
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