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Pyramid-shaped watermelon for 52,000 yen

A farmer in the town of Tsukigata in Hokkaido, Japan, has grown watermelons that are shaped like pyramids! The farmer attained this shape by putting the watermelon in a pyramid-shaped plastic casing and hanging it upside down. Sixteen of the pyramid-shaped watermelons have been shipped to shops across the country, including the Iwataya department store … Continued

World’s Most Expensive Cities To Live – 2009

Tokyo is the world’s most expensive city, according to Mercer’s 2009 Worldwide Cost of Living survey released today, with the cost of living up 13.1% from 2008. Japan’s capital is followed by Osaka and Moscow, which held the top spot in last year’s rankings. Geneva comes in fourth. The significant changes from last year are … Continued

Louis Vuitton targets Japanese mobile gamers

Louis Vuitton Japan has created an original game for mobile web SNS and game portal site Mobage Town by DeNA. The free game, called Precious Cargo, will have a limited run from June 25th to July 7th. The game invites participants to arrange the brand’s icons in a specific formation to reveal images of the … Continued

New Armani Flagship Store Tokyo

Giorgio Armani has recently opened a huge new store near Louis Vuitton over Roppongi Hills with limited edition commemorative items and a lineup of the latest from this fashion icon. The interior of the new store was deisgned by Armani himself and includes walls of glass, granite floors and a three VIP lounges for those … Continued

Ferrari F430 by ASI

The Japanese tuners from ASI have released the ASI Ferrari F430 body kit and announced various other carbon fiber body parts for the Italian supercar. The ASI Ferrari sports a unique body kit that consists of a new front bumper, aggressive side skirts and a bold rear bumper. Although the parts were styled to provide … Continued

Gold beer mug launches in Japan

June is the traditional start of the Japanese rainy season and you can be golden for showers with this solid gold mug that is so appropriate for getting through this Great Recession. Worth $50,000, the item has been introduced as part of gold manufacturer Ginza Tanaka’s latest collection. The firm has created the Summer Cool … Continued

Japanese fall out of love with luxury

“Japan’s trend-chasing office workers and ladies who lunch are giving up Louis Vuitton handbags and Chanel jackets for Zara dresses and Gap jeans, making what was a favourite market for luxury manufacturers into one of their biggest headaches. The downturn is forcing customers in Japan to scale back purchases of luxury goods, accelerating a long-term … Continued

Mauboussin Gives Away Free Diamonds in Tokyo

French jeweler Mauboussin gave away 5,000 tiny diamonds as part of a promotion in Tokyo on Monday. The tiny diamonds were 0.1 carat diamonds worth about $50. Mauboussin’s flagship Japan store opened in Ginza, one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Japan, in February. But the store had often been empty because … Continued

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