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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...
DESIGN
Two New Camp Stoves from Snow Peak
Spending time outside is always made a little better with a few comforts from home. A hot meal and a fresh cup of coffee at the base of a climb or deep in the wilderness is a welcomed luxury. Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak has two new compact and...
CULTURE
Artist Interview: Aki Inomata
Born in Tokyo, artist Aki Inomata has been exhibiting her work since 2004. She received an MFA in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008 and is a recipient of the 2014 YouFab Global Creative Awards Grand Prize. Over the last couple...
DESIGN
Tokyobike's NYC Outpost
Japanese bike-maker Tokyobike has steadily expanded from their HQ in Japan's capital since selling their first bike back in 2002. Tokyobike has stores in London, Berlin, Milan, Bangkok and Melbourne. After a stint as a pop-up, Tokyobike's New York...
DESIGN
Four Creative Clocks to Spring Forward
Daylight saving time, as we know it, is thanks in large part to one man in New Zealand who wanted a bit of extra daylight for his hobbies. George Vernon Hudson worked as a clerk at the Wellington post office, but his passion was in entomology, astronomy...
CULTURE
Life of Cats at Japan Society Gallery
If you thought the cat craze was only as young as YouTube, the latest exhibition opening at Japan Society Gallery will demonstrate that long before they became memes and viral sensations, the four-legged feline had already been a muse for centuries...
TRAVEL
ANA Business Class By Design
Air travel is exhausting. There's no way around it. From taxi rides to long security lines and extended layovers, each step in the process is often as unpredictable as the last—especially when traveling abroad. Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. A Bionic Eye Restores a Man's Vision Minnesota native Allen Zderad has regained his vision almost 20 years—after he was diagnosed with an untreatable degenerative eye disease—10 years of which he spent nearly blind. The 68-year-old underwent...
STYLE
Cool Hunting Video: Sri Threads
NYC's five boroughs are full of hidden treasures. From bars concealed by phone booths to unbelievable dim sum, it is nearly impossible to chart all the magic the city creates. We recently spent some time with Stephen Szczepanek, owner of Sri Threads...
DESIGN
Engaging Beer Can and Bottle Design
While the following beers were vetted by taste first, something continued to please the team here at CH: the way they were presented. Whether it's curious art, exquisite fonts or just clean, classic branding, the following six beer companies struck...
CULTURE
Tokyo Camera Style
Though smartphones might take the bulk of our daily point-and-shoot photography, street shooting with film is alive and well—especially in Tokyo. Throughout the '90s and early aughts, Japanese camera-makers from Contax to Nikon produced a range of...
STYLE
The Denim Dudes Guide to the World's Best Jeans
Amy Leverton’s passion for denim has seen her journey across the globe to find the latest, oldest and most unique denim looks around, be they vintage wonders or the very newest threads from Japan. Her upcoming book, "Denim Dudes" showcases a number...
TRAVEL
Treasures Inside a Tunnel: Osaka's Shark Attack
Opened in 2013 in Japan's Kansai region, the commercial complex of Grand Front Osaka stands just outside the Osaka train station, offering weary travelers a long list of high-end stores and restaurants (including the World Beer Museum that seats...
TRAVEL
Best of CH 2014: Travel
Travel serves as one of the greatest sources of new ideas, perspectives and creative inspiration. Over 2014, the CH team was lucky to have ventured around the world to renowned and remote destinations alike. Adventure remained a constant theme throughout...
DESIGN
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...
FOOD-DRINK
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...
LISTEN_UP
Tinashe (feat. SchoolBoy Q): 2 On
After listening to LA-based singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe's recently released EP Encino, which features two original tracks and two covers (Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson), you might be surprised to hear his current guilty pleasure song is the club...
LISTEN_UP
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...
LISTEN_UP
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...
LISTEN_UP
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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