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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...
TRAVEL
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...
FOOD_DRINK
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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Aman Hotel Tokyo, Luxury in the Sky
Tokyo exists in the upper echelon of electrified cities—with a high energy that's grounded by integrity and attention to detail. Small-scale living was pretty much invented in Tokyo with both homes and hotels optimized for efficient use of space, so...
CULTURE
Japanese Art and Design
Japan’s illustrious history of design permeates nearly every aspect of its modern culture. Centuries of painstaking craftsmanship—combined with an unparalleled attention to detail and ancient traditions steeped in ritual and honor—have given way to...
FOOD-DRINK
IFNi Coffee Candy
We came across IFNi Roasting Co's coffee candy in Tokyo. The roastery and wholesale coffee sellers (who also have grand plans to develop their own, original coffee equipment) have a small café in Shizuoka where they are based. Made in collaboration...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: BUAISOU, Brooklyn
Here at CH, indigo is our muse (we've even dedicated a Gift Guide to it this year) but sometimes, the final product can't tell the entire story on its own. Natural indigo blue is not an easy color to achieve, is the takeaway from our conversation...
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CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
Ear Tote Backpack
Centered around the simple concept of "make happy," Buddy crafts effortless products for everyday use—and their Ear Tote Backpack is a prime example. It’s as basic as a backpack can get, yet there’s something about the Ear Tote's design that elevates...
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HANDMADE
LIMITED_EDITION
Vintage Patched Boro Kimono
Sri Threads is one of NYC's hidden gems: a boutique collection of rare Japanese and Indian textiles inside an apartment building in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood. This boro kimono dates back to the mid to late 19th century, woven in a pattern...
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HANDMADE
The Year of Indigo Bandana
Dedicated to the centuries-old practice of Sukumo indigo-dyeing, this bandana by Japan-based brand Buaisou depicts the very process by which it’s made. Each of the 100% cotton bandanas are hand-sewn and hand-dyed by Bouaisou, who promises ethical farming...
FOOD-DRINK
SOTO: An Elegant New Sake
Sake brewing dates beyond recorded history—with its earliest textual mention in the third century. Sudo Honke, Japan's oldest sake brewery, has been operating since it opened in the year 1141. It's one of the oldest businesses in the world that...
STYLE
Olympia Le-Tan's Japanese Book Clutches
Paris-based, self-taught fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan has been creating covetable book-shaped clutches in small editions since 2009. Recreating everything from classics like Shakepeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and William Golding's "Lord of...
STYLE
Snow Peak FW15: Camp, Dwell, Transit
While Snow Peak has been making high quality outdoor gear for more than fifty years, the Japanese brand is still pretty new at apparel. In fact, their first clothing collection debuted only last fall. Snow Peak really hits its stride, however...
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Jutaku: Japanese Houses
With 400+ houses featured across its 500+ pages, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is pretty big—considering its physical size is quite compact. Showcasing the best, strangest and most daring of contemporary Japanese residential architecture with full-color...
CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
JAXA Reversible Climbing Jacket
Boasting a spectacular image taken by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) land-observing satellite "DAICHI," this climbing jacket from Minotaur is reversible and comes in three colorways: blue, green or black. The photo is of the rainforest...
DESIGN
Minimalist Japanese and Taiwanese Homewares at Native & Co
The founders of new London interior design store Native & Co, British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro-Green and Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung, met while studying at the Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins (CSM) in London. As part of the research...
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