Bernard Delmas Tokyo Michelin 2012

Tokyo tops out Paris again as world food capital

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 [...]

Kamogawa river

Ritz-Carlton to open property in Kyoto

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 [...]

Yamazaki single malt Whisky

50-year-old whisky goes on sale in Japan

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.

Guide Michelin Japan 2012

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, [...]

Takashimaya gold lunch box

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 [...]

Ponam boat Toyota Motor Corp

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 [...]

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