Lauren gets his Tokyo landmark

| Mar 31, 2006

Lauren gets his Tokyo landmark

Omotesando, Tokyo’s premier luxury brand boulevard, has recently been furnished with a string of ultramodern shrines to consumable design, crafted in concrete and steel and glass. That makes Ralph Lauren’s vast whitewashed neoclassical monolith — which opened yesterday — seem even more like something ...

A sense of van Meene

Mar 23, 2006

A sense of van Meene

Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene, accompanied by her husband Frank, is visiting Japan for the fifth time. Sipping on an orange juice inside the smoked glass walls of Montauk cafe on Omotesando’s busy shopping strip, she tells how the Japan Foundation invited her to ...

Toys that transformed the world's way of play

| Mar 19, 2006

Toys that transformed the world's way of play

What is it with Japan and robots? For whatever reason, they have been an integral part of the national psyche for decades. While Toyota’s automated production lines might be the first thing that springs to mind, robotic creatures, from Astroboy to Aibo, have also ...

Parisian maverick targets Tokyo

| Mar 10, 2006

Parisian maverick targets Tokyo

“Fashion is everything,” says Armand Hadida, owner of Parisian boutique chain L’Eclaireur. “It’s how you wake up, how you walk, how you eat and, of course, how you dress.” Hadida was in Tokyo for the opening of a store in the upscale Minami-Aoyama district. ...

'10 x 10'

Mar 2, 2006

"10 x 10"

BBS Shop Closes in 42 days Launched in 2004 with the backing of New York drum ‘n’ bass record label and store Breakbeat Science and art/fashion collective Surface to Air, BBS ( www.bbstokyo.com ) is a retail space for art, fashion and music located ...

An innocent abroad brings his twisted genius to Japan

Feb 19, 2006

An innocent abroad brings his twisted genius to Japan

I first heard about Momus, the alter-ego of the Scottish musical maverick Nick Currie, in 2002, when a writer friend directed me to an article that Currie had written on the coolness of Tokyo’s up-and-coming Nakameguro district. Posted on an obscure Web site, Currie’s ...

Tokyo's major drag . . . redefined

| Feb 17, 2006

Tokyo's major drag . . . redefined

Labeled the Champs Elysees of Tokyo, tree-lined “brand boulevard” Omotesando is one of Japan’s most treasured strips. Acting as a conduit between the posh Aoyama district and youth mecca Harajuku, it houses a wealth of highly original retail experiences. The street is also a ...