The Suzukis' coffee cups runneth over

Mar 19, 2015

The Suzukis' coffee cups runneth over

by Mio Yamada

Among the hundreds of gilded and finely painted cups and saucers of “Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry” at the Mitsui Memorial Museum is a modest set that may be easily overlooked. Emerald green in glaze, with a simple black handle and rim, it’s a ...

'Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry'

Feb 5, 2015

'Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Since coffee was their common interest, Yasuhiro and Tomiko Suzuki started collecting demitasse together after they were married more than 40 years ago. They bought one cup and saucer each month, accumulating a diverse collection of more than 500 sets. According to the couple, ...

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

Feb 3, 2015

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

by James Jeffrey

On a typically sunny January day in southwestern Ethiopia, smallholder coffee farmers gather beneath red, blue and orange canvases, propped up by wooden stakes, to watch and participate in a coffee-tasting competition with demanding Japanese standards. Naomi Nakahira, a coffee adviser with Ueshima Coffee ...

The latest gadgetry of convenience

| Jan 16, 2015

The latest gadgetry of convenience

by Yukari Mitsuhashi

Michi nails it In Japan, attention to detail is often important not just in traditional Japanese craftsmanship, but also in all manner of modern goods — even false nails. Michi is a new e-commerce website that specializes in plastic nails hand-decorated by 100 designers ...