Aug 9, 2000

A lifetime spent selling pearls to the stars

Today’s pop quiz: What do Jodie Foster, Harrison Ford and Brooke Shields have in common? Hint: They are all happy customers of the Wally Yonamine Company. No, they did not purchase autographed baseballs (although Yonamine, former ace slugger for the Yomiuri Giants, is still ...

| Jul 26, 2000

Seattles's Best has just joined the rest

It must be something in the water. What else could account for the fact that three of the most popular gourmet coffee chains in Japan originate in Seattle, Wash.? First there was Starbucks, then Tully’s and now Seattle’s Best Coffee has brought its “pleasing ...

Jul 6, 2000

Young women take to life at sea

It’s common knowledge that a large proportion of Japanese traveling abroad these days are young single women. They usually have decent-paying jobs, live rent-free with their parents and spend their salaries as they please. Well aware of this phenomenon, the travel industry has geared ...

| Jun 28, 2000

Star cafe keeps the customers beaming

Catwoman is back. This time, though, she isn’t wearing a black spandex body suit. No mask, no whip and no sexy purr in her voice. In fact, at 67, she’s not quite as lithe as she used to be. She is, however, sheathed in ...

| Apr 26, 2000

Stirring up the dust of a Classic era

This column marks the one-year anniversary of Kissa Kultur. What started as a way to help freelancers find interesting spots to enjoy a coffee between jobs has now become a fascinating historical dig through postwar Tokyo. Many of the kissaten owners I have met ...

Mar 22, 2000

Chinois chic in Tokyo's 'experimental' cyber cafe

Can’t be bothered with waitresses? Not in the mood for a menu? Just want to grab a hot beverage and snack, plug in and kick back? Consider the Marunouchi Cafe. Part coffee shop, part cyber cafe, MC is billed as “an Asian oasis for ...

Mar 10, 2000

Still much to savor in PPM

Take three vintage bottles of wine. Ignore every rule about proper storage. Open them about 40 times a year and serve them to whomever you meet. Within moments of tasting them, everyone is certain to experience the same thing: a deep, warm glow guaranteed ...

Mar 9, 2000

Adventures in global dining with Tokyo's restaurant king

From stand-and-slurp ramen shops to authentic French cuisine, Tokyo is a diner’s paradise. Certainly, finding places that appeal to your palate isn’t a problem; hoping they’ll be there the next time around is. Tokyo restaurants go out of business faster than Shibuya girls change ...

Feb 23, 2000

Tsukiji or not, nothing fishy about Bellini's Bar

One usually doesn’t go to Tsukiji to get a fine cappuccino or a poppy-seed sponge cake soaked in liqueur. Yet just a few minutes away from “Tokyo’s Kitchen,” where pricy cuts of maguro are noisily auctioned off to the highest bidder, Bellini’s Italian Bar ...