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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

Swarovski Mercedes Keys

For those who need more bling in their lives, Mercedes released these limited edition key fobs garnished with Swarovski crystals. A limited edition of 800 of these luxurious keys will initially be offered to customers in Japan. The idea for the Swarovski Mercedes keys came internally, amongst the employees of the company’s Business Innovation Community.

Nagano hotel offers model railroad suite

A hotel in the northern Japan city of Nagano has installed one of the largest scale model railway sets in the country in a special luxury suite. The diorama measures 6 meters by nearly 2 meters wide and displays many of the prefecture’s most popular tourist spots, including Zenkoji Temple and Nagano’s famous mountains. The … Continued

Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe 2011

Michelin unveiled Tuesday its new guide to Japan’s western cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, with a novelty: a selection of 106 top restaurants that offer courses under 5,000 yen (60 dollars). The guide, due to hit Japanese bookstores on October 22 in both Japanese and English, lavished the ancient capital of Kyoto with seven … Continued

Tokyo Mandarin: Yours for a Night and $670,000

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is offering the opportunity to rent the entire property for one night for $670,000. Under the plan, the entire hotel — 178 guest rooms, all nine restaurants and all spas — would be reserved from 3:00 in the afternoon to noon the next day. … Continued

No stop to rise of Asian millionaires

The ranks of Asia-Pacific millionaires are likely to continue growing faster than those from developed countries as regional economies led by China and India power ahead, a report said on Tuesday. The study on high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) — defined as anyone with investable assets of at least one million US dollars — was issued by … Continued

Dolce & Gabbana To Close D&G Shops In Japan

Dolce & Gabbana has announced that is dramatically scaling back operations in Japan of its D&G line, which is aimed at the younger fashion market. They blamed the decision to halt the distribution of the D&G ready-to-wear lines, leather accessories and shoe collections in Japan on the scarcity of available locations for its boutiques and … Continued

Portable watermelon cooler

In Japan, watermelons have become a luxury food that apparently now requires a carry-on luggage-like cooler/warmer, a world’s first. First came the square watermelon creation that was introduced to the global market with the hefty price tag of $75 (€56.41) for 6.8kg. In Japan the same square watermelon can cost Â¥10,000 yen (€90). The Japanese … Continued

Pure gold Stitch, Angel characters displayed in Tokyo

Walt Disney’s animated characters Stitch and his girlfriend Angel made of pure gold are displayed at the jewelry shop Ginza Tanaka in central Tokyo. Made with about 280 grams of pure gold, the 15cm high figure is priced at 5 million yen ($57,000).

Sushi-hungry Japan sells biggest tuna

A monster tuna caught off Japan turned heads at a Tokyo fish market Friday, where the 445 kilogram (981 pound) bluefin — the biggest caught here since 1986 — sold for 3.2 million yen (36,700 dollars). “Many of the people who work at the market have never seen a tuna that big,” said an official … Continued

De Beers Sparkles in 3D

De Beers has created a special exhibition called “The Art of Diamond Jewelry” in the setting of world famous department store, Isetan, in Tokyo. Running through July 21st, the exhibit in the city’s Shinjuku shopping district incorporates photography and multimedia, including a first of its kind 3D film about diamonds that is shown on a … Continued

Ferrari Festival of Japan 2010

Over 600 Ferraris converged on Japan’s Fuji Speedway in the shadow of the famed mountain recently for the 2010 Ferrari Festival of Japan. The event was organized by the Japanese branch of the famed auto marque in conjunction with the Corse Clienti department from Italian HQ. Many of the owners took their vehicles to the … Continued

Gucci Icon Store Temporary Tokyo

The temporary Gucci Icon Store arrives in Tokyo and once again the pop-up sneaker store will be offering a nice line-up of exclusives for the city. Running until July 4, Gucci is set to unveil 14 new models of luxury streetwear done up in premium materials like crocodile, python, patent and suede. The store is … Continued

Michelin covers three more Japanese cities

After exploring the finest eateries of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, the Michelin Guide has set its sights on three more Japanese cities. Yokohama and Kamakura will be added to the 2011 edition of the Michelin Guide Tokyo, while Kobe will be added to the Kyoto-Osaka guide. “Yokohama, Kamakura and Kobe each offer very interesting culinary … Continued

Vertu launches new Kissho Collection

Vertu is to unveil its new Signature Kissho Collection inspired by Japanese culture to mark the first anniversary of the Vertu Ginza flagship store in Tokyo. The new collection will feature handsets adorned with the makie Japanese lacquer technique and designed by Japenese lacquerware artist Kazumi Murose.

Legendary Ginza district loses some of its lustre

All along what has for decades been Japan’s most fashionable and up-market shopping street, the luxury brands are moving out to be replaced by cheap chic. As the country struggles to raise itself out of the global economic downturn, companies such as LV and Gucci are downsizing or leaving Ginza, their former properties quickly snapped … Continued

3D dream becomes in-home reality

Long the dream of television fans, the world’s first high-definition TV capable of projecting three-dimensional images will be released in Japan on April 23. Home electronics companies have been focusing their recent efforts on creating a home-use 3D TV, but Panasonic has beaten its rivals to a launch date. The 3D systems are based on … Continued