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Studio Visit: Reiko Kaneko
At the softly sun-bathed studio of ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko, working with glaze is one big experiment. Occasionally, her steady process of trial and error includes herself, such as the first time she worked with a toxic raw lacquer and accidentally...
FOOD-DRINK
Panatea Instant Matcha
Anyone who has made their own Matcha knows the ritual of its preparation is partially about ceremony, but largely about achieving the optimal consistency. Whisking the bright green powder in to a bowl of water helps break up the clumps often found...
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CH Global Spin: Japanese Ceramics
by Karen Day In Japan, tea is a serious subject. As we learned by participating in Tom Sachs’ artistic take on the traditional tea ceremony at New York's Noguchi Museum this year, the concept of chanoyu dates back to the 9th century, adheres to...
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1. Depressing News About Alcohol Bad news for wine enthusiasts and cocktail experts: alcohol has been directly linked to several types of cancer in a new study published in "Addiction." More than liver cancer (which, of course, most people already...
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1. Hubble's Beautiful Close-Up Image of the Crab Nebula In yet another image and discovery that are difficult to comprehend fully, NASA has delved into the core of Taurus' Crab Nebula—via the Hubble Telescope—and released an up-close image that...
STYLE
Levi's Celebrates the 501's Birthday With a Documentary
To celebrate the 501's birthday, Levi's has created a documentary—released in several parts—about the iconic jeans. The fourth episode highlights the 501's immense influence in Japan. Narrated by Craig Stecyk (aka C.R. Stecyk III, a surf and skate...
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1. 360-Degree Photos of Chernobyl 30 Years Later 30 years ago, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred. Reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant in Russia (then the Soviet Union) exploded, killing workers and many in the...
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"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood
Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty...
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Farmer's Felt Wallets by Postalco
Even the most exuberant pieces produced by Postalco carry a quiet elegance, and much of this pertains to the brand's use of top-tier materials. For years now, founder Mike Abelson has experimented with premium leathers, pressed cottons and Japanese...
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1. Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65 Dame Zaha Hadid, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living architects, died at the age of 65 from a heart attack. Her sudden and shocking passing ends an award-winning career in which she produced...
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The BnA Hotel, Tokyo
Finding a unique and affordable hotel in Tokyo can be challenging, largely due to the premium placed on space in the city. This premium has also influenced the suppression of art galleries, as locals have little space to display art in their homes...
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1. Japan's Ongoing Nuclear Clean-Up, Five Years Later Five years after a catastrophic earthquake and its resulting tsunami hit Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers continue to tirelessly clean up radiation. Ahead of the disaster...
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Word of Mouth: Kyoto Cafés
When we were researching a visit to Kyoto we found Inside Kyoto to be an invaluable resource. It’s run by Chris Rowthorn, an American who has been in Kyoto for more than 20 years. Rowthorn is also the editor of the Lonely Planet guidebooks for Japan...
STYLE
KUON's Contemporary Boro
Debuting at the end of 2015 and now available in Hong Kong and Japan, Japanese fashion house KUON incorporates pieces of vintage textiles into their bohemian wares. While that's not uncommon (from Japan or elsewhere), their choice of materials stands...
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Truly Tokyo Online Travel Guide
Lonely Planet's Japan, Kyoto and Discover Japan guide author Chris Rowthorn, a longtime Kyoto resident who founded Inside Kyoto, has now tackled the city that plays muse to many all over the world: Tokyo. Truly Tokyo is a new online guide, entirely...
CULTURE
Artist Cole Sternberg's Boat Voyage from Japan to Portland
Late last year, bicoastal American painter Cole Sternberg stepped aboard a bulk shipping vessel at the Shin Kasado port in Western Japan. It was the Ultra Letizia ship's maiden voyage, headed toward Portland, Oregon. And, while the boat carried...
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Asaba Ryokan
A 90-minute train ride to the south west of Tokyo on the Izu peninsula, in a small village called Shuzenji, is Asaba, a 500-year-old ryokan that, since our recent visit, has become the sole destination of our continued daydreams. Known for Wasabi...
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Kan-no-shiro Matcha Powder
More than just a tea shop, Kyoto-based retailer Ippodo Tea Co. has specialized in the cultivation and blending of matcha, sencha and other Japanese teas for nearly three centuries. Their Kan-no-shiro 40g can of matcha powder is ground from shade-cultivated...
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