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by Julie Wolfson

A longstanding source of inspiration, our coverage of Japan this year benefited from a couple visits to the land of the rising sun. From hidden artisinal watering holes to a shining new Nike outpost, we've listed a few highlights here.

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Bar Rage
At the discrete gem Bar Rage mixologists create drinks with the freshest ingredients, high-end spirits, and intense commitment to making deliciously balanced cocktails.

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Higashiya Tea and Sweets
The perfect follow-up to an afternoon walking along the tree-lined river of Tokyo's gorgeous Nakameguro neighborhood, tea and sweets at Higashiya envisions traditional Japan through the lens of a contemporary architect.

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Nike Store, Harajuku, Tokyo
In November Nike opened their first Tokyo flagship in Harajuku. Masamichi Katayama's interior design includes installations like a nautilus made from white Dunk uppers and a textured wall treatment made from shoe treads. The store features a third floor dedicated to football gear and a NIKEiD studio.

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Filao Reading Glasses
Lunette Du Jura fills their sleek shelves with unique eyewear from around the world. These Filao reading glasses incorporate wood, ceramic, cotton, glass, leather, resin, mother-of-pearl, onyx, turquoise, tiger's eye and crystal make a great-looking functional accessory.

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Japanese Barcode Design
Elevating the something as mundane as a barcode to an imaginative exercise in graphic design, this collection includes images of a camera, apron, skyline, cloudburst, zebra stripes and sizzling skillet.

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