BOEGE Polos, up-market UNIQLO, blood-free diamonds . . .

Dec 12, 2006

BOEGE Polos, up-market UNIQLO, blood-free diamonds . . .

Polos reimagined Frenchman Benoit Lavaud, head of the creative division of Shu Uemura cosmetics, is best known to fashionable Tokyoites as cofounder of the exclusive Blacklist parties. But now “Beno,” as he is known to friends, is adding another string to his bow. His ...

Sitting on the dock of the bay

| Dec 8, 2006

Sitting on the dock of the bay

Occupying a space comparable to that of Tokyo Dome, the newly opened Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu is officially Tokyo’s largest shopping mall. Constructed on the site of a former dock on Tokyo Bay, the massive complex covers about 10 hectares and houses 190 stores, ...

Nov 17, 2006

J-tech pioneer returns with album and tour

It’s unusual for an exponent of techno music — often decried as a somehow unartistic form of music — to be enthusiastically embraced by the establishment, but DJ Ken Ishii has achieved exactly that. Five years after his much-heralded 1993 debut, “Garden on the ...

Serious toys for serious fans

Nov 12, 2006

Serious toys for serious fans

Ultraman is often cited as an example of just how different the Japanese outlook is from that of Westerners. While the bug-like eyes and clingy bodysuit of the hero himself may strike the uninitiated as ridiculous, it is the outlandish aspect of the monsters ...

Gucci hits Ginza

| Nov 10, 2006

Gucci hits Ginza

Gucci’s new home in Tokyo is the first store built specifically to house the Italian superbrand. Last week, Gucci opened the doors of an eight-story glass-and-steel flagship store in Ginza. Incorporating four floors of retail space, a cafe and a gallery, as well as ...

The art of the machine

Nov 9, 2006

The art of the machine

The phenomenal success of MTV’s “Pimp my Ride,” a show in which everyday folk have their unglamorous vehicles jazzed up with chrome wheels, fancy paint jobs and state-of-the-art sound systems, has sparked huge interest in the art and practice of motor-vehicle customization. So it ...

Bringing it all back home

| Oct 13, 2006

Bringing it all back home

Meguro-dori, the street that runs west from Meguro Station, was once home to numerous imported-car showrooms, and not much else. Over the past few years though, it has gained fame as Tokyo’s No. 1 interior shopping drag, lined with around 50 stores selling new ...

LONDON CALLING

Oct 8, 2006

LONDON CALLING

Home to some 50,000 people born in Japan, London has been well served for some time with aspects of culture and lifestyle from the Land of the Rising Sun. But during a visit to last month’s Canon Fashion Week — formerly known as London ...