Closely knit friends in Daikanyama

| Sep 3, 2013

Closely knit friends in Daikanyama

I am sitting at a low wooden table with a group of Japanese mothers discussing the pros and cons of different knitting stitches. In my hands are the embarrassingly uneven beginnings of a turquoise scarf that I am hoping will become the first-ever knitted ...

Let your babies get loud at karaoke

| Aug 6, 2013

Let your babies get loud at karaoke

It’s Friday evening in Shibuya. The sun is setting, the neon is flashing and the crowds are swelling. And so with beginning-of-the-weekend fever in the air, it is perhaps little surprise that Madonna is already blaring in one karaoke room on the second floor ...

Bubbles, music and paint as babies learn to create

| Jul 3, 2013

Bubbles, music and paint as babies learn to create

For a moment, I wonder if I’ve accidentally strayed onto the set of a children’s TV programme. Center stage are three grown men in matching T-shirts singing at the top of their voices in a Technicolor-bright toy-filled room more dazzling than Joseph’s dreamcoat. Beneath ...

Loewe goes punk with Junya Watanabe collaboration

May 29, 2013

Loewe goes punk with Junya Watanabe collaboration

She is a textbook-perfect bad girl — from her raw-edged purple mullet, scarlet lips and snarling scowl to the black leather jacket, ripped leggings and studded boots. But the model stomping across the runway carries something in her hand that gives the game away. ...