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Noma tableware

Noma selling used forks and spoons from Tokyo pop-up

Noma tableware

Noma has opened an online store that will sell the Japanese-designed chopsticks, forks, bowls and plates used during its pop-up event in Tokyo.

Fans who couldn’t score a seat during the Danish restaurant’s five-week residency at the Mandarin Oriental this month can buy a piece of the experience from their newly opened online store.

In preparation for the temporary takeover of the hotel’s dining room, Noma chef René Redzepi commissioned 14 local Japanese artists, potters and chefs to create locally sourced tableware for his pop-up.

The result is a collection of artisanal and eye-wateringly pricey earthenware plates and bowls and organic lacquer forks and spoons.

A single pair of chopsticks is priced at $65 USD, while a single fork or spoon will set you back $200 USD.

The collection was co-curated by designer Sonya Park, also the creative director of design brand Arts & Science in Tokyo.

The pop-up event in Tokyo ends this week.

Christmas cake for Ducasse

Karl Lagerfeld creates Christmas cake for Alain Ducasse

Christmas cake for Ducasse

Chef ’s Tokyo-based eatery Beige has tapped Karl Lagerfeld to design a one-of-a kind Christmas cake for its 10th anniversary.

The creative director of Chanel, Lagerfeld chose to recreate an iconic lipstick shape combining rich flavors of caramel and dark chocolate.


Lagerfeld’s vision will become a reality in the capable hands of head pastry chef Julien Kientzler, who will take care to add the designer’s personal final touch: the interlocking Cs Chanel logo.

The limited edition pastry will be presented in an exclusive box featuring a sketch by Lagerfeld with only 100 cakes to be sold.

A representative indicated that at this point there are no plans in place to make the product available in Europe.

Collection Esprit Dior Tokyo

Raf Simons taking Dior pre-fall show to Tokyo

Collection Esprit Dior Tokyo

The  creative director will show the brand’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection in the Japanese capital in December.

After last week’s announcement that Chanel will be taking its Métiers d’Art show to Austria (Salzburg, to be precise), comes the news that Christian Dior will be heading to Japan for the same season.

According to a report by WWD, the French brand will be playing to the crowds in the Tokyo with a special show on December 11.

The brand is reportedly also readying a new store in the city’s Omotesando district, as well as an exhibition and photo book by French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

The trend for international shows in between the main Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer fashion weeks is now well established.

Collection Esprit Dior Tokyo 2015

Alongside Chanel’s ventures to Dallas, Singapore and Edinburgh over the past few seasons, Dior has also travelled to Brooklyn and Monaco to show off its collections.

ritz tokyo

The world’s cleanest hotels are in Tokyo!

ritz tokyo

Not all hotels live up to the same standards when it comes to cleanliness.

According to a recent study conducted by Hotel.info, Tourists are most likely to find an immaculate hotel room while traveling to .

In the cleanliness category, hotels in the Japanese capital scored an average rating of 8.93/10 on the website.


Next in the ranking is Warsaw, Poland with an average rating of 8.76, just ahead of Seoul, South Korea. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, also achieved a high score (8.54), tying with Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Hotel Maid

At the other end of the ranking, although the ratings are not catastrophic, Rio de Janeiro holds the dubious distinction of the lowest score with 7.29/10.

Overall, Western European hotels hardly impressed the website’s users in terms of hygiene. Four of the continent’s capitals obtained some of the worst scores: London, England (7.52); Oslo, Norway (7.53); Amsterdam, the Netherlands (7.58) and Copenhagen, Denmark (7.60).

The world’s top tourist destination, Paris also has room for improvement: The French capital scored a paltry 7.63.

Peninsula Tokyo Pokemon

Pokémon comes to the Peninsula Tokyo hotel

Peninsula Tokyo Pokemon

Luxury hotel The Peninsula Tokyo has launched a PR campaign for their littlest guests by inviting characters from Pokémon to invade their hotel.

From October 1, kids staying at the hotel will get the chance to live out an episode of the cartoon with characters like Pikachu, Lucario and friends in an interactive game designed exclusively for the hotel.

Guests five and up will be armed with a Poké Ball and invited to hunt down Pokémon characters in a game that is a bit like hide and seek.

Only instead of hiding behind trees, they’ll be hiding amidst extravagant chandeliers and extravagant furnishings.

To please the silver spoon tastes of their pint-sized guests, luxury hotels know that serving milk and cookies isn’t enough.

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai also provides a personal butler service that includes bonbon and candy delivery service from a Sweet Train, a gold-plated iPad, and child-friendly excursions.

Alexander McQueen Aoyama flagship

Alexander McQueen opens Tokyo flagship

Alexander McQueen Aoyama flagship

  has unveiled its first flagship in Japan, a 4,200-square-foot space in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood.

The new store is set over two storeys, has separate ready-to-wear and accessories sections and follows on from the brand’s accessories-only store, which opened in April 2013.

The retail concept was conceived by the brand’s creative director, Sarah Burton, along with architectural practice David Collins Studio. The design mixes flora and fauna with added influences from painters Francis Bacon and HR Giger as well as nods to the McQueen label’s history.

Alexander McQueen Aoyama flagship store

A heritage tailored jacket and the famous ‘armadillo’ shoe have been etched onto bespoke plaster panel moldings alongside a range of motifs from the natural world.

“The collections are presented in an environment that feels luxurious and precious which is also reflective of our design ethos,” explained Burton.

Alexander McQueen boutique Tokyo

The finishes include Calacatta Oro cracked marble flooring with deep pile carpets, and bronze animal feet on furniture, with the material also used to support marble shelves.

Other key elements include a one-piece marble staircase and a hanging installation by contemporary artists Takeo Hanazawa and Takao Togashi.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship

Givenchy Opens Tokyo Flagship Store

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship

Givenchy has landed in Tokyo with a new flagship, an opening that comes on the back of the brand’s recent debut in Las Vegas, the French brand’s first American store since its New York City flagship closed in 2008.

Located in the ONE Omotesando building, the 392-square-meter space is split over three floors, with its design inspired by the global flagship on rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship Store

The facade features a bald strip of raw natural iron, with elegant aluminum mesh and a golden motif and 11-meter high windows.

Inside series of rooms are made up of black burnt oak (to honor the label’s classic haute couture delivery boxes) with womenswear spaces clad in calacatta marble and the menswear sections in grey basaltina volcanic stone.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship interior

The store stocks the full Givenchy product lines, including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and small accessories.

Givenchy Tokyo Flagship Store photo

To celebrate the Japanese opening the company has also produced a monochrome flower-camouflage print version of the Pandora bag.

The limited edition items come with an engraved serial number on a metal plate to mark the Omotesando debut.

Issey Miyake store Tokyo

Issey Miyake to Open New Concept Store in Toky

Issey Miyake store Tokyo

The Japanese luxury brand has unveiled a menswear counterpart to its Pleats Please line called Homme Plissé as well as a new Reality Lab Tokyo concept store.

Reality Lab Issey Miyake store Tokyo

The Homme Plissé line will feature 10 different styles of pleated pieces, from t-shirts and cardigans to pants. Everything comes in four key colors: light gray, dark gray, blue and black (with a couple of extra accent color options), and the collection is rounded out with some (pleatless) coats and jackets. The pieces range from 12,000 yen ($122) for t-shirts up to 50,000 yen ($507) for outerwear.

Issey Miyake Reality Lab

The Reality Lab concept store, which opened November 11 in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, presents creations by the Reality Lab research team led by Issey Miyake, as well as numerous items from the company’s ranges including the new menswear, the forward-thinking 132 5 line (which includes computer generated prints and recycled plastic pieces), watches and Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags.

Issey Miyake Reality Lab Tokyo

The space, which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and combines concrete panels and expanses of primary colors, also features exclusive pieces inspired by a cool paper theme: items include IN-EI origami lamps created with Italian company Artemide and bags with woven paper elements by Tokyo-based designer Mike Abelson.

Issey Miyake Tokyo

Luanda Angola

Luanda beats Tokyo as costliest expat city

Luanda Angola

The Angolan capital Luanda has regained the top spot in an annual survey of the most expensive cities for expatriates, followed by Moscow and Tokyo. The survey by the Mercer consulting group is published annually to help companies assess compensation allowances for expatriate workers.

“Despite being one of Africa’s major oil producers, Angola is a relatively poor country yet expensive for expatriates since imported goods can be costly,” said Barb Marder, a senior partner at Mercer.

“In addition, finding secure living accommodations that meet the standards of expatriates can be challenging and quite costly.”

Moscow’s high costs for rentals and imported goods accounted for its second-place finish, with a luxury unfurnished two-bedroom apartment in Moscow costing $4,600 a month and a cup of coffee $8.29.

Tokyo was the third most-expensive city in the survey, followed by Chad’s capital N’Djamena, Singapore, Hong Kong, Geneva, Zurich, Bern and Sydney.

Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room Zen

Park Hotel Tokyo completes Artist Room Zen

As part of the Artist in Hotel program, the Park Hotel in Tokyo has handed four of its rooms to four Japanese artists to be transformed into works of art.

Park Hotel Tokyo Room

Art is an important aspect of the philosophy of the Park Hotel located in Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan. The four-star hotel has developed an Art Colors program in order to introduce Japanese culture to visitors. Throughout the year, several exhibitions are planned for the atrium, restaurant and even guestrooms.


Until September 1, visitors will be able to take in the creations of the Yokai Tour exhibition, dedicated to unusual phenomena. They are also invited to spend a night in an actual piece of art. Reservations for the Zen room by artist Seihaku Akiba, have been open since August 1.

The calligrapher, who usually works around the theme of meditation, has just applied the finishing touches to the room as part of the Artist in Hotel program.

Seihaku Akiba

In total, four rooms are destined to be transformed. “Sumo” by Hiroyuki Kimura celebrates famous Japanese wrestlers and has been welcoming visitors since February 2013.

Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room Zen

As for the other two rooms to be unveiled in November 2013 and February 2014, the names of the artists and the themes have not been revealed yet.


Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

amphibious bus

Tokyo’s first amphibious buses were put into service Sunday, carrying 40 passengers through the city’s low eastern side by road before taking to the Naka river during a 100-minute “Tokyo Splash Tour.”

The two buses, dubbed “Sky Ducks”, departed from Tokyo’s new landmark Skytree, the world’s tallest communications tower at 634 metres (2,080 feet).

The bus moves up to 100 kilometres per hour on the ground and up to 13 kilometres per hour in the water. Tickets are priced at 2,800 yen ($30) for an adult and 1,400 yen ($15) for a child under 12.

Rainbow Bridge

World’s Most Expensive Cities to Live In 2013

Rainbow Bridge

Tokyo and Osaka have topped an index of the world’s most expensive cities to live in for 2013, familiar positions for the Japanese megacities which have traditionally dominated the list prepared bi-annually by The Economist.

The Worldwide Cost of Living report put the Japanese capital at the top of the index after comparing more than 400 prices across 160 products and service such as food, clothing, household supplies, rent, utility and recreational costs.

Since 1992, with the exception of six years, Tokyo has been the world’s most expensive city to live in, toppled only by Zurich, Paris and Oslo. Asian cities dominate the index, with 11 of the world’s priciest cities coming from the east, and eight coming from Europe.

Tokyo’s inauspicious reign on the list, meanwhile, comes despite a fall in the relative cost of living in Tokyo that comes with Japanese deflation, a weaker yen and rising prices elsewhere in the world.

Notably, Australian cities have also risen quickly through the ranks due economic growth, ensuing inflation and currency swings, making them more costly to live in.

Here’s The Economist’s 10 most expensive cities to live in for 2013:

1.      Tokyo, Japan
2.      Osaka, Japan
3.      Sydney, Australia
4.      Oslo, Norway
5.      Melbourne, Australia
6.      Singapore, Singapore
7.      Zurich, Switzerland
8.      Paris, France
9.      Caracas, Venezuela
10.   Geneva, Switzerland

apartment Minami-Azabu Tokyo

World’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment

With an astonishing asking price of US$21.1 million, this Tokyo pad is the most expensive one-room apartment in the world.

apartment Minami-Azabu Tokyo

Dubbed “The House”, the luxury penthouse is located in the most expensive neighbourhood in Tokyo, the Minami-Azabu district.

Featuring 4,434 square feet of living space, the owner spent the past 18 months renovating it to become a live-in masterpiece.

The world's most expensive apartment Tokyo

In the living room is an original art piece by Hiroshi Senju painted on-site. Most of the furniture in the home is custom designed by Ceccotti Collezioni, as well as Italian imported stone and wood used for many of the walls, flooring, and doors.

most expensive 1-bedroom apartment kitchen

The dining room is designed for dinner parties in the special Japanese “Ryotei” syle where the chef can serve guests directly from the gourmet kitchen.

Japanese Ryotei style dining room

There is also a separate casual dining room with the Parisian-style terrace overlooking the peaceful Arisugawa Park. The bright and cheerful eat-in kitchen is fitted with all La Cornue appliances.

most expensive 1-bedroom apartment bedroom

The one and only bedroom boasts an extensively fitted walk-in closet space and an extremely luxurious bathroom with hot tub and a 60 inch television.

most expensive 1-bedroom apartment shoes

Also, from the entrance down the long hallway, the walls open up as a massive shoe storage unit that holds up to 200 pairs of shoes.

walk in wardrobe

The focal point of this amazing home is the courtyard garden. The corridor surrounding it is designed as a lounge space for guests to enjoy the charming seasonal garden. Source: Sotheby’s.

most expensive 1-bedroom apartment courtyard garden

Jiro On sushi

The World’s Best Sushi Chef – VIDEO

Jiro On sushi

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 Ono, the first chef in Japan to earn three Michelin stars.
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Tokyo Station Hotel

Tokyo Station Hotel

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 its wedding and function rooms.

Built in an eye-catchingly un-Japanese style, the building embodied Japan’s social and cultural globalization and modernization efforts in the early 20th century.
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Giorgio Armani flagship store Ginza

Giorgio Armani Opens New Wine Bar in Tokyo

Giorgio Armani flagship store Ginza

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 the Italian aperitivo, by offering wine and small bites on the top floor and a full dinner on the floor below.
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Zurich Switzerland

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities In The World – 2012

Zurich Switzerland

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, the other Swiss city surveyed saw a 30 percentage point rise in the cost of living to move up six places into joint third alongside Osaka.
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Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo voted tops for luxury

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo suite

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 countries and regions, as well as an international competition for the best properties to visit.
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