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 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
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
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 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
Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D TV that does not need special glasses later this year.
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 (â‚¬56.41) for 6.8kg. In Japan the same square watermelon can cost Â¥10,000 yen (â‚¬90). The Japanese … Continued
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).
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 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
Over 600 Ferraris converged on Japanâ€™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
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
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 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.
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
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
A giant bluefin tuna fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) in an auction Tuesday at the world’s largest wholesale fish market in Japan. The bluefin tuna weighs 232 kg – nearly four times as much as the average Japanese man. It was caught off the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu, in waters famed … Continued
Renowned jewelry maker Ginza Tanaka has shaped out Mount Fuji in pure Gold. The gold creation weighing 3 kg and sized at 6cm in height and 22cm in width has a price of 11.73 million yen ($132,000 USD). Touted to be one of the three Holy Mountains of Japan, Mount Fuji is also the highest … Continued
Nigo is a Japanese music producer, DJ and the creator of the urban clothing line A Bathing Ape, otherwise known as Bape. He has 4 Murakami LV limited prints on his bedroom wall..
Media artist, Alexander Gelman, in collaboration with traditional Japanese artisans has designed an exquisite limited edition series of master chess sets. The sleek and stunning sets are made of lacquer, silver plating and gold leaf — there are only 5 in the world, each is unique and priced up to $55,000. Gelman and the artisans … Continued