Tokyo hotel gets into bed with local artists

Apr 23, 2016

Tokyo hotel gets into bed with local artists

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When building a new hotel, designers would normally consider the artwork displayed on the walls as a finishing touch. But for BnA Hotel Koenji, which just opened in Tokyo’s Koenji neighborhood, the artwork definitely comes first. BnA Hotel Koenji, produced by the Bed & ...

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

Mar 19, 2016

Manner mode: Defusing tension on the train

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Commuting to and from work during peak hours in Tokyo can be an utterly soul-destroying experience. With passengers jammed in like sardines in a can, the suffocating conditions on many trains can elevate stress levels and cause tempers to fray. Given the sheer number ...

Flash mob marriage proposals gaining popularity

Mar 19, 2016

Flash mob marriage proposals gaining popularity

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Flash mob marriage proposals are growing in popularity, especially among young people, with event planning agencies offering services from arranging dance lessons to providing dancers. Osaka-based Emotion Rise, which was launched about three years ago, is one such agency helping to organize flash mob ...

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

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A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city’s favorite retreats lies a stone’s throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild ...