Treading on thick ice

Feb 9, 2007

Treading on thick ice

Among the places in Japan where, over the years, my trusty old backpack and I have poked about in Japan — from the southern tip of Okinawa Island, to the far-flung Ogasawaras 1,000-km south of Tokyo, and to Wakkanai and Rishiri Island in northern ...

Go green in Tokyo

Dec 15, 2006

Go green in Tokyo

It’s a great day, the sun is shining, it’s not too cold, so how about a day of hiking in Tokyo? Spreading out a map of the megacity, there’s not much in the way of green areas, and there are even fewer places with ...

On a trail out of the real world

Oct 20, 2006

On a trail out of the real world

The fellow passengers on the weekend “holiday special express” from Shinjuku to Okutama or Musashi-Itsukaichi — an hour northwest of Tokyo — are a strange melange: There are lots of young men — often much the worse for wear — going home after a ...

Navigating through a lost world

Aug 18, 2006

Navigating through a lost world

As the single flashing beam of the lighthouse struggled to make itself seen in the misty half-light, the Toppy 2 high-speed ferry bumped its way across the waves on the east side of the island of Yakushima, southeast of Kyushu. Within minutes we were ...

Rochas re-mixed

| Mar 26, 2006

Rochas re-mixed

Among the new kids on the block at Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo this season, the only one in the menswear department was the Rochas line by Masatomo, whose elegant but unpretentiously tailored pieces are created under an agreement between Tokyo-based Renown Inc. and ...

Apr 24, 2005

Grande dame of haute kuchuuru

In the fickle world of fashion, where players come and go with the regularity of the seasons that their working lives are firmly pinned to, there are fortunately just a few who hang in there to lend some sense of continuity. While Paris, the ...

'Supercasual' Tokyo at odds with fashion elite

Nov 14, 2004

'Supercasual' Tokyo at odds with fashion elite

The Spring/Summer 2005 Tokyo Collections — the autumnal tranche of the biannual extravaganza of fashion shows presented by the Council of Fashion Designers, Tokyo, along with their vernal offering in April — has just wound up giving the press and buyers a preview of ...

Suit yourself Savile Row-style at a price to match

Nov 14, 2004

Suit yourself Savile Row-style at a price to match

If there is one garment that is ubiquitous throughout the land, it is the business suit. And, if there is one spot on this big, friendly planet that can be referred to as its home — in its unadulterated form — it is London’s ...