Louis Vuitton underground store in Japan

Louis Vuitton recently opened their new temporary /underground/ store in Tokyo, located in the Seibu department store of Ikebukuro. The store is completely different in terms of interior than other Vuitton spaces and takes a more raw and industrial approach. To celebrate the opening, Louis Vuitton invited American rapper Kool Keith for a performance.

Softbank unveils the 830SC Emporio Armani Model

Softbank Mobile Corp. unveiled its new summer phone lineup Tuesday, including a solar model and a handset designed by Giorgio Armani. This new handset, called the 830SC Emporio Armani Model, was specifically designed for the Japanese market. The stylishly sleek cell phone has LED light embedded in its side spelling out the brand’s name for … Continued

Waza Miyabi Toilet Collection

Toto, the company well known for its innovative toilets, showcased the new, artistic Waza Miyabi collection at the KBIS (Kitchen/Bath Industry Show) 2009. The patterns for these toilet models are based on sho-chiku-bai, which means “pine, bamboo and plum” in Japanese. “Each toilet is hand-painted in vivid colors with intricate detailing, creating a piece of … Continued

Takashi Murakami | Superflat First Love

Following up on the previous post about the new Takashi Murakami in-store decoration for Louis Vuitton and the new Multicolor Spring Pallet, the artist also produced a great little animation movie – Superflat First Love. The plush toys that are in store, appear in the animation movie as well.

The Hana Table by Shige Hasegawa

Japanese designer Shige Hasegawa has created the Hana Table, which he will be exhibiting at the SaloneSatellite event during the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair. “Hana” actually means flower in Japanese, which is pretty clearly the inspiration for this table. Inspired by origami, the Hana table is constructed from five flower pedal-shaped plywood legs which collectively … Continued

Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton “Super First Love”

Takashi Murakami is set to launch another collaborative collection with fashion super-brand Louis Vuitton later this month. Previous work from Murakami led to the creation of the iconic Monogram Multicolore which has become a popular fixture replicating itself on various fronts. To kick off the launch of the Multicolore Spring Pallete, Murakami has created a … Continued

Old Japanese Tortoiseshell Box Up For Auction

An 8th-century tortoiseshell vanity box, said to be a gift from the Tang Dynasty palace to Japan’s Emperor Shomu, will be auctioned in Hong Kong and may fetch more than HK$40 million ($5 million). The octagonal box, measuring 35.6 centimeters across and embedded with mother-of-pearl and amber in shapes of flowers, is the highlight of … Continued

Sumo wrestler debuts as fashion model

The yokozuna Asashoryu has appeared in the Shibuya Girls Collection show in Tokyo this week and entertained a crowd of 20,000 mostly teenage girls. He was wearing a school uniform as a reference to him starring as a high school student in a recent TV commercial. Source: Relaxnews

Lipton collaborate with the Westin Tokyo

Last time, Lipton teamed up with Pierre Herme and this time, collaborate with the Westin Tokyo! These freebies are named “Tea time accessory collection”. Eight kinds of faux cakes or cuties are ready for tea time. Via: 8tokyo

World’s most expensive CD

A sales clerk for Japan’s Takashimaya department store displays a ¥10 million (US$100,000) music CD called â”Woman, Sweet 10 Diamonds,” made with a platinum case and studded with 10 2-carat diamonds, in Tokyo yesterday. Universal Music unveiled the “world’s most expensive CD,” produced by Universal Music and jeweler Nagahori, for a commemorative album showcasing 18 … Continued

Alpha Resort-Tomamu’s Ice Village in Shimukappu

Fancy an “icy” outdoor bath during your next holiday? At Alpha Resort-Tomamu’s ice village in Shimukappu town, you can stay in a hotel where dining room, bedroom and bathroom are all made out of ice. Even dinner is served on an ice plate. Room charges are at 80,000 yen ($900) for two per night. The … Continued

Pierre Herme collaborate with lipton

Access to French macarons is not readily available if you live in the US for the most part. However if you are lucky enough to live in Japan, things are different. Not only are French macarons shops on almost every corner But also there is a ton of macaron toys and souvenirs to be had!

Japanese Castle Love Hotel For Sale

A Japanese Castle, which was operated as a “love hotel,” in Matsuyama city, Ehime prefecture, Japan, has been placed up for sale on Yahoo Japan’s auction site. Opening bid is 145 million yen (around $1.5 million), although it is expected to sell for considerably more. Included in the auction are the 30-room castle, several other … Continued

Momoka Eri’s pimped Aspire One netbook

This glittery netbook belongs to Momoka Eri. If you are wondering who Momoka Eri is…..she is a Japanese artistic model who runs a business of adorning mobile phones, PSPs and so on.. She tried her art on the Acer’s Aspire notebook and the result gave birth to the Momoka Eri Edition of Aspire One netbook. … Continued

Kazuhiko Kawahara

Mesmerizing images by the Japanese architect and photographer Kawahara… Via digital manipulation, he morphs and transforms buildings into kaleidoscope-like sights that explore the limits of form.

Vertu opens a new Flagship Store in Japan

On 19 February 2009, Vertu will open Ginza Flagship Store, its first store in Japan. At the store, pre-orders of handsets will be taken for delivery when VERTU Club is available. Those who simply cannot wait until the launch of the VERTU Club in the second quarter of 2009 will be able to purchase SIM … Continued

Roka: Best Japanese Restaurant in Hong Kong

Fire up your senses at Roka, a trendy restaurant in Hong Kong serving delicious modern Japanese cuisine. This is not your typical Japanese restaurant: I have eaten at Roka several times and have loved it each time ! I must say it is one of the best restaurants I have visited (in Hong Kong) and … Continued

Luxury Crystal Benz at Tokyo Auto Salon 2009

Two customized Mercedes-Benz SL600, Luxury Crystal Benz, studded with 300,000 Swarovski crystal glass, are displayed at the pavilion of custom car accessory company Garson/D.A.D at Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, east of Tokyo, January 9, 2009. The annual auto show, which showcases custom cars and accessories for cars, will be held … Continued

Japanese Kitchens From Toyo

Toyo Kitchens have some of the most decadent and stylish kitchen designs anywhere in the world. They are a Japanese company which have proved to be very popular amongst discerning design enthusiasts from Tokyo to London for many years now. And now here is a look at one of their best kitchen designs. Known as … Continued