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, Osaka, and Kobe this year adds the former capital Nara and will be available both in Japanese and English.
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 managed Roberto Cavalli boutique in Asia.
“Tokyo is on the world’s stage of fashion, glamour and sophistication,” said Cavalli. “This is a city of energy and inspiration.
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 sits atop the cost tree due to its high number of oil workers and the nation’s reliance on imports, according to the annual study by Mercer.
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 confirm that on March 22, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, and Forever 21 reopened their doors in the capital.
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 Japan recovers from the deadly March 11 twin disasters.
“Following the natural disasters in Japan on 11 March 2011 and the resulting logistical difficulties and hazards, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will not be accepting any new guests until further notice,” the statement said.
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 and train links have reduced the time required to make the transfer to under an hour, but Virgin has realized there would be solid demand for a faster and more efficient method of beating the traffic.
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 such bid yet, topping the previous record of 20.02 million yen paid for a bluefin tuna in 2001, the officials said.
Tokyo is now the city with the most Michelin three-star rated restaurants in the world trumping Paris, once considered the gastronomic capital of the world.
The Tokyo metropolitan area, which unseated Paris from the No. 1 spot and this year, the number of three-star restaurants increased from 11 to 14.
The total number of restaurants rated in the Tokyo guide was 266 — with 54 two-star rated venues and 198 one-star rated venues.
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is offering the opportunity to rent the entire property for one night for $670,000.
Under the plan, the entire hotel — 178 guest rooms, all nine restaurants and all spas — would be reserved from 3:00 in the afternoon to noon the next day.
There will also be the option to have a cocktail party for 500 people featuring pastries from an award-winning Japanese pastry chef.
Walt Disney’s animated characters Stitch and his girlfriend Angel made of pure gold are displayed at the jewelry shop Ginza Tanaka in central Tokyo.
Made with about 280 grams of pure gold, the 15cm high figure is priced at 5 million yen ($57,000).
A monster tuna caught off Japan turned heads at a Tokyo fish market Friday, where the 445 kilogram (981 pound) bluefin — the biggest caught here since 1986 — sold for 3.2 million yen (36,700 dollars).
“Many of the people who work at the market have never seen a tuna that big,” said an official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which runs the Tsukiji fish market, the world’s biggest seafood market.
De Beers has created a special exhibition called “The Art of Diamond Jewelry” in the setting of world famous department store, Isetan, in Tokyo.
Running through July 21st, the exhibit in the city’s Shinjuku shopping district incorporates photography and multimedia, including a first of its kind 3D film about diamonds that is shown on a custom screen and requires no 3D glasses.
The film was created by Holition, a company that markets a 3D virtual reality application allowing customers to “try on” luxury goods such as watches.
Luanda in Angola is the worldâ€™s most expensive city for expatriates, according to the latest Cost of Living Survey from Mercer.
For the first time, three African cities – Luanda, Ndjamena and Libreville in Gabon (7) – were among the 10 most expensive cities.
The top ten also includes three Asian cities; Tokyo (2), Osaka (6) and Hong Kong (jointly ranked 8).
Moscow (4), Geneva (5) and Zurich (joint 8) are the most expensive European cities, followed by Copenhagen (10).
The temporary Gucci Icon Store arrives in Tokyo and once again the pop-up sneaker store will be offering a nice line-up of exclusives for the city.
Running until July 4, Gucci is set to unveil 14 new models of luxury streetwear done up in premium materials like crocodile, python, patent and suede.
The store is clean, bright, and relates simple Gucci luxury with the luxury houseâ€™s signature red and green stripes.
If you are looking for another new limited edition Fiat 500, then look no further than the Fiat 500C by famous clothing label Diesel.
This latest cabriolet version will be launched today, April 12 in Japan. The new vehicle will be unveiled outside Diesel flagship store in Piazza S. Babila.
Just like the 500 by Diesel saloon of which nearly 6,500 units have been sold, the special edition 500C is distinguished by unique cosmetic features inside and out.
Paris is the most expensive city to live in according to the latest survey from Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company to The Economist.
The survey assesses the cost of living by comparing housing, food, clothing, transport and utility bills and the like in 132 cities around the world.
The study is aimed at helping companies calculate allowances for executives and their families being sent overseas.
Tokyo comes second, up from sixth place a year ago. The fall in Russia’s currency against the dollar has made Moscow cheaper than it once was.
A giant bluefin tuna fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) in an auction Tuesday at the world’s largest wholesale fish market in Japan.
The bluefin tuna weighs 232 kg – nearly four times as much as the average Japanese man.
It was caught off the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu, in waters famed for high quality fish.
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has a new installation set up within Maison Hermes in Japan.
Based off a window display he presented in 2004, this new set up features a restructured design with an appearance by a famed Japanese actress.
The window is designed with an image of woman projected on to a monitor. The scarf softly sways in the air in response to the womanâ€™s blow.
Tokyo has overtaken Paris as the city with the most Michelin three-star restaurants, cementing its status as the “world capital of gastronomy”.
The latest edition of the Michelin guide to the Japanese capital awarded 11 eateries the coveted three stars, against 10 in Paris.
Tokyo also kept its title as the world’s most-decorated city with 261 stars in total — 34 more than last year — awarded to 197 restaurants.
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 due to massive swings in exchange rates, with many currencies at their weakest in years against the U.S. dollar, during the March 2009 survey period.