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Test Drive: Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle
by Justin Kaehler People often say the next generation of automobile must offer a “magic bullet” solution to our current energy needs, which really means we need vehicles that eliminate our need for gas completely. There’s a lot of talk about the...
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Dining at Yakumo Saryo in Meguro-ku, Tokyo
On a cloudy day, we visited Tokyo's quiet suburban neighborhood of Yakumo (which, fittingly enough, translates to "Eight Clouds"). It was a small trek to our final destination in Meguro-ku, which is southwest of the hip Nakameguro and Shibuya areas...
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The Three Degrees: 天使の囁き (When Will I See You Again)
This week Japanese hip-hop scholar Dexter Thomas penned a second installment of his look into Japan's connection to Soul Train, highlighting the band Yellow Magic Orchestra—the only Japanese band to ever perform on the show, and an Afrika Bambaataa...
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Music from "Transparent"
November 20th marked Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which honors those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender prejudice. (Reportedly, a person is killed somewhere in the world every two days for expressing gender nonconformity...
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Pusha T: Lunch Money
This week Funk Master Flex premiered a new original track from Virginia's Pusha T, his first solo drop since 2013's My Name is My Name. "Lunch Money" sees King Push spitting as aggressively as ever—albeit over a more abstract than usual beat from none...
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Son Lux: Tundra Visitation Rentals
A music festival with a dedicated couch-surfing program may seemingly be pointed at young indie hipsters, but the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht—a quaint town about an hour south of Amsterdam—is a serious music fan's affair. Founded in 2007, the...
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Son Lux: Tundra Visitation Rentals A music festival with a dedicated couch-surfing program may seemingly be pointed at young indie hipsters, but the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht—a quaint town about an hour south of Amsterdam—is a serious music...
DESIGN
Causwell's Tenkara Fly Fishing Rod
The relaxation and meditative merits of fly fishing have long been held high by many an enlightened outdoorsman. Of course the goal is landing a big one worthy of a fish tale at the end of the day, but for most the joy lies in the chase. Gearing...
TRAVEL
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
On the 47th to 52nd floors of the new Toranomon Hills skyscraper is one of Tokyo's newest hotels. Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills—the Hyatt-owned brand's second property in Asia—is aiming for a sophisticated yet simple approach to a luxurious stay...
STYLE
JapanLA Merges The Simpsons + Hello Kitty
Let the clamoring begin, because it very well may be one of the cutest—and most surprising—combos in history. A year after Sanrio and Twentieth Century Fox announced the The Simpsons and Hello Kitty brand licensing opportunities in anticipation of...
DESIGN
The Japanese Wetsuit by Vissla
A necessary investment for surfers and anyone braving frigid waters, wetsuits have undergone serious improvements of late in terms of functionality, warmth and sustainability. In tune with Patagonia's plant-based wetsuit, the team at Orange County...
STYLE
Black Weirdos Meets Twin Peaks for A/W 14
For their A/W 2014 collection, Japanese label Black Weirdos has gone deep into Ghostwood Forest. The delightfully odd menswear brand has created a line that is inspired by all things Twin Peaks—no doubt scaring and thrilling fans of the show. There...
DESIGN
RASH Wetsuits for Pilgrim Surf + Supply
Fresh off an extremely on-point partnership with Japanese clothing brand Beams, Brooklyn-based surf shop and apparel-maker Pilgrim Surf + Supply ventured back to Land of the Rising Sun, this time for special edition wetsuits. Founder Chris Gentile...
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Turtle Grater
The Turtle Grater elevates a kitchen tool to extraordinary elegance. The small plate features hand-carved micro ridges in 100% copper across the turtle's belly for precise fine grating of roots like ginger and wasabi.
CULTURE
Yoskay Yamamoto’s House of Daydreamers
by Eva Glettner Yoskay Yamamoto’s new exhibition “House of Daydreamers”—on show now at LA's Giant Robot—is a stunning collection of art created solely in the last six months. The prolific artist's show includes paintings, sculptures and a gallery...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Women Dominate the James Beard Awards This week the James Beard Awards ushered the latest crop of celebrated restaurants and the chefs who dreamed them up into the echelons of the foodie world. While the industry tends to be dominated by men...
STYLE
Epaulet's Kamigata Farmer Jacket
A running joke in menswear for some time now is that Japan does Americana better than the Yanks. And oftentimes it's true. Now flip the concept on its head, add in esteemed boutique Epaulet New York, and the result is the new EPLA Kamigata Jacket...
CULTURE
The Art Lover's Guide to Japanese Museums
Across 176 full-color pages, author and historian Sophie Richard delivers comprehensive insight on over 50 art museums and galleries throughout Japan in her first book "The Art Lover's Guide to Japanese Museums." Filled with practical knowledge...
STYLE
Indigo by Tatcha
When the word "indigo" is mentioned, many of us think of its vivid hue and common use as a dye (for that perfect shade of blue jeans) although, unfortunately, most indigo we see these days is synthetic and not the natural pigment extracted from the...
STYLE
Maison des Perles
While haute couture has, in recent years, moved toward displaying the textural qualities of embellishment through abstraction, Maison des Perles brooches, pins and necklaces are largely representational. Founding artist Môko Kobayashi uses classical...
CULTURE
Tokyo Graphic Passport 2014
Housed across three galleries—two in DUMBO, Brooklyn and one in Manhattan's Lower East Side—bilingual Japanese arts publication +81 presents "Tokyo Graphic Passport," a traveling exhibition of Japanese posters and more from many famed makers and...
TECH
Charged: Shindo Laboratory
The 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" at first appears to be a film about an 85-year-old sushi chef and his world-famous dishes, though it's really about a man's lifelong quest to continually make better sushi—to continually strive to master...
FOOD-DRINK
Ippodo
Just a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station lies the serene Ippodo, hidden inside the ground level of Michelin-starred restaurant Kajitsu, which specializes in all-vegetarian Japanese Shojin cuisine. Not to be confused with...
FOOD-DRINK
Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
If you live in the States, you'd be hard pressed to find Nikka Whisky From The Barrel. Although the Japanese whiskey brand has six other expressions in the American market (all worth exploring), this particular blend hasn't made its way to bars and...
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