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...
Link About It: This Week's Picks
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...
House of Matcha
Stephen Cheuk, the designer-turned-trainer and founder of intimate NYC gym S10 Training has another obsession alongside helping clients reach sub-10% body fat (without the use of cardio machines). It's high-quality, ceremonial-grade matcha. Well...
Pherrow's 'Bakapile' Collection from Japan
Meguro, Tokyo-based casual sportswear brand Pherrow's turned 25 this year, and they've dedicated the SS16 season to all things "Blue." Though known for their American-inspired denim (with back patches displaying "Japan's Magnificent Garment...
Babymetal: Gimme Chocolate!! (Live)
"I'm not sure what I'm about to see," says Stephen Colbert before introducing his next musical guest, "but I'm pretty excited about it!" J-pop trio Babymetal executes their harmonies and choreography with every ounce of cuteness and respect required...
The Hill-Side are masters at modern workwear, and their very first brick-and-mortar is stocked with the Japanese-inspired goods that earned them GQ’s “Best New Menswear Designers in America” title. From indigo neckties to sashiko-stitched tote bags...
Golda by Studio Cue LA
You might not be as familiar with hiba as you are with Japan's more well-known native offering, the hinoki cypress, but its unique benefits are aplenty. The essential oil extracted from rare hiba wood, which can take 300 years to mature, is said...
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...
Japanese synth-loving trio Crystal has created the most fitting soundtrack for the videogame that's become our internet-centered lives. The perfect blend of artificial nostalgia, quirky sound effects and a good squeeze of Jean-Michel Jarre meets Donkey...
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...
Amsterdam-based, Japanese-inspired Kiyoko
With their debut product being a quality, 100% natural lip balm ("that softens your lips on a sunny morning after a swim in the lake," the minimalist packaging reads), many (incorrectly) considered the mysterious brand Kiyoko to be a new skincare...
Learn Japanese with LexiCandy
There are many tactics for learning a second (or third) language. Most can be rather daunting, and employ a very traditional form of memorization—with a couple tricks thrown in. New webapp LexiCandy is different. It utilizes an array of media...
Tokyo-based Ryo Kashiwazaki's label Hender Scheme has become known for its thoughtfully designed shoes—many of which are crafted from natural, un-dyed leather. Kashiwazaki gives the same attention to this Home Bank made from raw cow leather. It's a...
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...
Kyoto Cherry Blossoms Incense
Japanese cherry blossom trees are admired the world over for their staggeringly beautiful but fleeting nature, which is poetically symbolic of the cycle of life. Lend the spirit of rejuvenation to your home with Shoyeido's incense sticks, a stimulating...
Matcha Starter Kit
Ippodo has been producing high-quality tea for almost three centuries in the heart of Kyoto, and Matcha is one of their specialties. You can learn the nuances of making it yourself with their beautiful Matcha Starter Kit, an all-in-one set that includes...
Mezzaluna Chopping Knife
If you love a chopped salad, this is the kitchen tool for you. The knife's curved, stainless steel blade lets you chop up a bounty of herbs and vegetables at once, creating a cohesive medley that ensures you get a mouthful of each ingredient in every...
Japanese Teapot Set with Kaboku Sencha
Ippodo has been producing high-quality tea for almost three centuries in the heart of Kyoto. All of their teas come from Japan's famous Uji region, and their sweetly flowery Kaboku Sencha tea is Ippodo’s highest quality varietal. Paired with the expertly...
Japanese Ceramic Coffee Bowl
Coffee plays an important role in many lives, and it deserves the proper vessel. The Japanese Ceramic Coffee Bowl sold by A Detacher offers a satisfyingly rotund mug for your brew with the ultimate balance of beauty, simplicity and function.
Beats + Hello Kitty Headphones
These super cute special edition Beats + Hello Kitty Solo² lightweight high fidelity headphones come with a custom case to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary. They feature a blue and white headband design with Hello Kitty’s iconic red bow and...
Q&Q Solar Watches
Cute, well-made and with no battery change necessary—ever—these solar powered watches perfectly pair function with fashion. A clean, simple design is bolstered by an array of color options that pack plenty of personality. This is a no-maintenance timepiece...
Danboard Mini Power Plus
Say hello to the Cheero charger, a little block of iPhone juice to keep your device alive. Beneath the smiling face of a Japanese character called Danboard is enough power to charge your phone 2.5 times before needing a reboot, and its two jacks allow...