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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, removing...
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...
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...
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...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
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...
DESIGN
Mola Headlamp by Snow Peak
Aside from increasing luminosity and battery life, there is seemingly little room for innovation in headlamp design—the essential utility piece for camping, backpacking and adventures of the like. Leave it to Japan's purveyor of intelligent outdoor...
TRAVEL
Nanamica Cycling Pack
When it comes to backpacks, often basic is best. And, in the case of the Nanamica Cycling Pack, neither bells nor whistles were needed to enhance the bag's intelligently refined form. While the pack greatly resembles an earlier iteration introduced...
TECH
Squair Curvaceous Bumper for iPhone 5
Few protective cases match the sophisticated design of the iPhone—though rare, they are out there. Take the fantastically named Curvaceous Bumper for iPhone 5 and 5s from Japanese accessories brand Squair, for example. Made entirely in Japan, the...
DESIGN
Danner Factory Tour
Like many heritage brands, the Portland, Oregon-based boot manufacturer Danner Boots has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. Danner was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of top-of-the-line work and logging boots, but when Japanese footwear retailer...
STYLE
Bespoke Aloha Goods by The Critical Slide Society
Australian surf outfitter The Critical Slide Society is accustomed to doing things differently. While most surf companies chase after world tour stars to rep their gear, The Critical Slide Society (TCSS) opts for free-spirited longboarders who would...
DESIGN
Postalco Totem Key-Holders
For fall, the beloved craftsman behind Postalco introduces a clever and sleek alternative to the keyring. "It's the simple things that are the hardest to redesign," says Mike Abelson, Postalco co-founder, pointing out his shiny new Totem Key Holders...
CULTURE
Boro—The Fabric of Life
Around a month ago I had the privilege of visiting Sri, a private gallery owned by Stephen Szczepanek that houses an incredible archive of rare vintage Japanese textiles. While the experience was educational and fascinating, it did little to curb...
DESIGN
"Design Feeling" and Neo-Transitional Objects
by Stefano Caggiano Everyday objects shape our lives into cognitive patterns. Often, however, these objects are ill-designed. Design thinking is then called in to untangle the not-always-coherent running of our object-related routines. However important...
FOOD-DRINK
Foodzines: Around the World
by Laila Gohar All over the world, from Tokyo to Beirut, a handful of compelling food journals are being published. Here we bring you a filtered selection of foodzines that have an international perspective and offer a peek into a unique food culture...
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