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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 be found in the Toyota Land Cruiser.
And while elsewhere it might be considered unusual for a car firm to dabble in pleasure boats, several of Japan’s other major auto firms also have boat divisions.
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 managed Roberto Cavalli boutique in Asia.
“Tokyo is on the world’s stage of fashion, glamour and sophistication,” said Cavalli. “This is a city of energy and inspiration.
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 to the moon aboard 15 rockets.
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 on sale in Bottega Veneta boutiques and on bottegaveneta.com, at a retail price of $210 USD. All proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
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 ten new designs June 25.
Prints will consist of drawings and scripts, crafted by the likes of Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Cyndi Lauper, Victoria Beckham, and Orlando Bloom.
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 its archive.
“the fact that Gucci is pressing ahead illustrates just how much life in Japan is slowly resuming its normal rhythms after last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.”
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 tomorrow, followed by worldwide distribution in Gucci flagships stores in Europe, United States and Asia.
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 confirm that on March 22, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, and Forever 21 reopened their doors in the capital.
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 Japan recovers from the deadly March 11 twin disasters.
“Following the natural disasters in Japan on 11 March 2011 and the resulting logistical difficulties and hazards, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will not be accepting any new guests until further notice,” the statement said.