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The World’s Best Sushi Chef – VIDEO

A documentary that goes behind the counter and into the life of a man who’s been called the greatest sushi chef in the world is set to open in New York Friday. Tucked away in an underground Tokyo subway station is an unremarkable-looking 10-seat eatery called Sukiyabashi Jiro which serves Michelin-starred sushi by 85-year-old Jiro … Continued

Tokyo Station Hotel

One of Tokyo‘s historic hotels – The Tokyo Station Hotel – will be reopening its doors on 3rd October 2012. The hotel takes up a large part of the historic red brick building that was originally built in 1914 and has been undergoing a complete renovation since March 2006. The hotel is already accepting reservations for … Continued

Giorgio Armani Opens New Wine Bar in Tokyo

Giorgio Armani has opened a new wine bar in Tokyo located on the top floor of the Armani Ginza Tower. Formally a private, member-only bar, the new space is now a wine lounge open to the general public. Over 300 types of Italian wine are available. Armani hopes to introduce Japanese shoppers to the idea of … Continued

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities In The World – 2012

For the first time in at least two decades of reporting the worldwide cost of living survey Zurich sits atop the ranking as the world’s most expensive city. An index swing of 34 percentage points pushed the Swiss city up 4 places compared to last year to overtake Tokyo which remains in 2nd place. Geneva, … Continued

Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo voted tops for luxury

The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo has been named as the number one Luxury Hotel in the World in the Traveler’s Choice 2012 Awards by TripAdvisor. The awards are based on reviews and opinions provided by travelers and were introduced 10 years ago. The categories for 2012 have been expanded to include top-25 lists for 30 … Continued

Shangri-La Tokyo offers Christmas delights

Even though Christmas is not a traditional Japanese celebration, few places in the world mark December 25 with such gusto as Tokyo. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has announced a WISH.forJapan Christmas package that is available December 10-25. 10 percent of the price, which starts at Y52,000 per night will go to support people affected by … Continued

Tokyo tops out Paris again as world food capital

Tokyo has now more Michelin three star restaurants than Paris, according to the latest edition of the gastronomical guide. Japan as a whole also beats France, with 32 establishments granted the maximum grade, against 25 in the guide’s home country. Paris has just 10 three star eateries. Of Tokyo’s 160,000 restaurants, 16 were awarded top … Continued

Golden Christmas tree on display in Tokyo

A nearly two million dollar golden Christmas tree has been put on display for the holiday season in Tokyo. Tokyo’s jewellery store Ginza Tanaka unveiled its 2.4 meters tall Golden Christmas Tree, which is made from 12 kilograms of pure gold, worth 1.95 million US dollars. It took 15 craftsmen four and a half months … Continued

Japan beats France on three-star restaurants

Japan has overtaken France for the number of restaurants with three Michelin stars, according to the latest guide to the nation’s western cities to be released on Friday. Japan is now home to 29 establishments that hold the highly coveted three-star rating, against 25 in France. The latest version of the Michelin guide to Kyoto, … Continued

Roberto Cavalli Opens First Japan Flagship Store

Italian brand Roberto Cavalli has announced that it will open its first Japan flagship store in September, with the designer behind the label to visit Tokyo to mark the opening of the boutique in early November. The store is located in the city’s upmarket Aoyama district and will also be the first directly owned and … Continued

Asia-Pacific most expensive for expats

The cities of the Asia-Pacific region dominate the list of the most expensive places in the world for expats to live, accounting for 18 of the priciest cities on the planet. The unwanted prize for the most expensive city in the world went to Luanda, the capital of Angola, for the second straight year. Luanda … Continued

Tokyo’s fashion stores slowly reopen

According to local and international media, Tokyo‘s fashion business is gradually getting back to usual. After the earthquake hit Japan on March 11, many brands including Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Cartier acted to bring some of their executive staff back to their home countries and closed local boutiques. News outlets including WWD and Racked now … Continued

Shangri-La stops taking bookings in Tokyo

The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyosaid Monday it would not accept any new bookings “until further notice”, citing the city’s uncertain power supply following Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami. The hotel said it hoped to resume normal operations as soon as possible but the decision highlighted problems the tourism industry will be forced to confront as … Continued

Virgin Atlantic offers helicopter transfers in Tokyo

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline to lay on a complimentary helicopter transfer for its Upper Class passengers between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and the center of the city. Around 75 km to the east of Tokyo, Narita is infamous for its remoteness and poor links to the heart of the metropolis. New bus … Continued

Giant tuna sells for record 396,000 dollars in Japan

A monster bluefin tuna sold for a record 396,000 dollars in the year’s first auction at the world’s biggest fish market in Tokyo Wednesday amid intense pre-dawn bidding. The 342-kilogramme (752-pound) fish — caught off Japan‘s northern island of Hokkaido — fetched a winning bid of 32.49 million yen (396,000 dollars). It was the highest … Continued