The $100,000 Tuna

This 282 pound Japanese bluefin tuna was purchased at auction for $100,000 at the first auction of the New Year on the Tokyo Metropolitan central Wholesale market, commonly known as the Tsukiji market. The price was about ten times the average price and the highest in nearly a decade. Two sushi owners, one in Hong … Continued

House N by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects designed this unusual house located in Oita, Japan. The house itself is comprised of three shells of progressive size nested inside one another. The outermost shell covers the entire premises, creating an covered, semi-indoor garden. Second shell encloses a limited space inside the covered outdoor space. Third shell creates a smaller interior … Continued

Mitsuoka Himiko: The Classiest Mazda Ever

Mitsuoka, arguably the most interesting car company in Japan, has released another Japanese homage to a classic British automobile. Their latest design the Himiko is an amazing mix of the British sports car- Morgan and the Mazda Mx-5. The company has taken the Mazda MX-5, one of the best driving roadsters in the world, and … Continued

Million-dollar Gold Tableware

Make your every meal luxury! A Japanese jeweler is selling a 13-piece tableware set made entirely of pure gold for $1 million. The set by Ginza Tanaka includes goblets, plates, chopsticks and cutlery, each engraved with a dragon, which symbolizes eternal youth and health. The items are available as single purchases, with spoons priced at … Continued

Hello Kitty Swarovski 2009 Wristwatch

The 2009 Hello Kitty collector edition Swarovski crystal encrusted watches have arrived. These pink and white wristwatches are designed in Italy by Vabene and manufactured in Japan by Citizen. Citizen’s quality is high and the Swarovski crystals shine. Hello Kitty 2009 Limited Swarovski watches are available for $580 at Gizmine.

Louis Vuitton Cuts Prices In Japan

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, the world’s largest maker of luxury goods, lowered retail prices for its Louis Vuitton brand in Japan by 7 percent yesterday to boost sales, bloomberg reported. For years the Vuitton-crazed shoppers in Japan have fueled LVMH’s rapid growth, together the U.S. and Japan account for about a third of … Continued

World’s most expensive Christmas Tree

The world’s most expensive Christmas tree has just gone on display in Japan – and it worth a cool $1,5 million. Despite the recession, the makers have created the dazzling 24k gold tree to create a “gorgeous atmosphere”. The tree is decorated with more than 240 jewels including diamond baubles and strings of pearls, weighs … Continued

Crystal clear sounds from Japan

Made in heat-resistant glass cones, the $167,500 (16 million yen) “Harion” speakers are break-resistant. Made by Japan’s glass maker Hario and 23 different subcontractors, the beautiful speaker setup is composed of two mid-range speakers, a central speaker, couple of acrylic tweeters and a sub woofer. This beautiful and delicate creation has given a whole new … Continued

Nec teams up with Pierre Herme

NTT DoComo, the Japanese telephony operator has asked the French pastry cooker Pierre Herme NTT to imagine mobile phones inspired from its sweet foods.

Coach mobile phone

KDDI au have just released a limited batch of branded Coach cell phones in Japan. According to a KDDI press release, the handsets were created to celebrate the introduction of the new Coach Madison Collection and commemorate Coach’s longevity The phone is not actually built from scratch. While the casing and display have been styled … Continued

Tiffany Diamond Phones sell out in 3 days

The world economy is entering a new great depression, but there are still some people willing to splash out on diamond-encrusted mobile telephones in Japan. Japan’s Softbank Mobile said Friday that its eight limited-edition phones, each studded with 537 diamonds from Tiffany and Co., sold out in just three days. The phone, designed by the … Continued

Comme Des Garcons for H&M

The famously avant-garde Japanese label, spearheaded by design powerhouse Rei Kawakubo, will provide a range of both men’s and womenswear, as well as childrenswear, accessories and a new unisex fragrance for the retailer.In honour of its Japanese roots, the collaborative line will launch exclusively at H&M in Tokyo in November before being rolled out worldwide … Continued

China now has more super rich than Japan

China now has more super rich than Japan, mostly entrepreneurs benefiting from the country’s surging economic growth. According to a survey released by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch on Sept. 25, at the end of 2007 China boasted more than 6,000 people worth more than $30 million a piece, excluding their principal residence. Japan only had … Continued

Diamond studded doll for $935,000

Last week, at the Seibu Department Store in Tokyo, Tomy Toys, a toy company from Japan unveiled a diamond doll. The specially produced doll with the name “Licca–chan” (The Licca-chan doll is a widely popular Japanese version of the Barbie doll) comes clad in a tiara and gown studded with 881 diamonds, a total of … Continued

Hello Kitty’s luxurious Doghouse

This luxury doghouse was created in 2007 for a sales event at a department store in Tokyo and designed in collaboration with a maker of high-end pet goods. It’s worth3.9 million yen (32,000 dollars). The most expensive doghouse in the world, large enough for a Chihuahua or terrier, is decorated with 7,600 crystal beads and … Continued

Astro Boy encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds

A Japanese boy looks at a 10 cm (4 inch) model of Japan’s rocket-powered boy Astro Boy encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds worth about 100 million yen ($828,720) displayed at a Tokyo department store April 7, 2003. Artist Osamu Tezuka, considered the father of Japan’s animation or “manga” industry, created Astro Boy as a … Continued

$900 for 35 grapes

Fruit is generally expensive in Japan and the locals seem to buy the fruits only as luxury gifts. After the Watermelon auctioned for $6,100 and the $2,000 mangoes, a bunch of grapes fetched a record $900 (for 35 grapes). “We believe the price was probably a record high,” said local agricultural official Hirofumi Isu. Of … Continued

A $20,000 coffee maker from Japan

Blue Bottle Café in San Francisco is now serving coffee from the only halogen-powered coffee machine which looks like a machine from a Jules Verne novel. Called a siphon bar, it was imported from Japan at a total cost of more than $20,000. The New York Times reports that a cup of coffee from this … Continued

World’s most expensive water

The world’s most expensive water can be found 2,000 feet down off the coast of Hawaii and is bottled by Hawaii Deep Marine. Called Kona Nigari, this water is a seawater mineral concentrate that should be mixed with regular water. Japanese consumers are paying top dollar for desalinated Hawaiian deep-sea water being marketed as a … Continued