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

Giant Tuna Fetches $177000 at Japan Auction

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

Japan’s Mount Fuji in Gold

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

Too much of Louis Vuitton…

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..

Gelman’s masterpiece Chess sets

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

Hermes Window Display Illusion

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has a new installation set up within Maison Hermes in Japan. Based off a window display he presented in 2004, this new set up features a restructured design with an appearance by a famed Japanese actress. The window is designed with an image of woman projected on to a monitor. The … Continued

World’s most expensive cup of coffee in Japan

Japanese cafe chain operator Saza Coffee Co plans to sell Panama’s Esmeralda Especial coffee beans for 1,200 yen per cup ($18) starting Dec 2. Saza is the first company in Japan to buy the high-quality beans through an auction by paying $117.50 per pound for the coffee. And that is almost 100 times more than … Continued

Beaujolais nouveau hot in Japan, literally

Japan’s craze for Beaujolais nouveau has beaten the recession, with tourists taking a dip in a hot mountain spring coloured red with the fruity wine. The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun spa resort celebrated the annual uncorking of the seasonal drop by having a sommelier pour a few bottles into an open-air hot spring bath as holiday-makers … Continued

Tokyo crowned world’s top Michelin three-star city

Tokyo has overtaken Paris as the city with the most Michelin three-star restaurants, cementing its status as the “world capital of gastronomy”. The latest edition of the Michelin guide to the Japanese capital awarded 11 eateries the coveted three stars, against 10 in Paris. Tokyo also kept its title as the world’s most-decorated city with … Continued

Yohji Yamamoto Files For Bankruptcy

Japanese clothing designer Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion house has filed for bankruptcy protection in a Tokyo court. The company said Friday its sales had been battered by sluggish demand amid the global economic slowdown with debts totaling six billion yen ($67 million). Integral Corp., a Japanese investment company also announced today that it will be sponsoring … Continued

Versace to Close Its Japanese Stores

Bloomberg reports that Gianni Versace will shut down its stores in Japan as there is decline in the demand for luxury goods. The fashion company has three stores in Japan, one in Osaka, one in Tokyo and one in Chiba according to the Versace website. Versace, which entered Japan in 1981, isn’t the first brand … Continued