Living it up at the Hilton — Disney style

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Dec 17, 2017

Living it up at the Hilton — Disney style

The seemingly simple act of checking into a hotel can be a recipe for disaster with tired young children: cue tackling mundane paperwork while trying to preempt high-volume meltdowns or contain hyperactive runarounds. So recently, it was something of a surprise to arrive at a ...

It has been a year of new museums, galleries and inventive renovations

Art Dec 12, 2017

It has been a year of new museums, galleries and inventive renovations

From polka-dot emporiums and oceanfront observatories to a new-generation castle museum, a raft of eclectic new cultural spaces have been showcased over the past year across Japan. Here are a few highlights that have either opened or been renovated across the country in recent ...

A crafty way to give the kids a creative workout

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Oct 15, 2017

A crafty way to give the kids a creative workout

It's one of those fleeting parenting moments when my normally nonstop high-volume children are awake, but silent. The reason for this? They are studiously poring over a table covered with a neatly aligned assortment of wood cutouts — a cat, a witch, a star, ...

Tokyo remodels the 'design event'

Art Oct 10, 2017

Tokyo remodels the 'design event'

If Akio Aoki had his way, there would be one new word included in dictionaries across the globe: "Designart." The Tokyo-based designer is one of a team of high-profile creators united in their desire to transcend the boundaries of all things art and design with ...

Dipping into Hakone's more unusual hot spas

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Jun 18, 2017

Dipping into Hakone's more unusual hot spas

"I love red wine, it's my favorite thing!" These are perhaps not the words that a mother particularly likes to hear from her young daughter — especially when she is only 4 years old. But this was precisely what my daughter told me when we ...

Weekend drama can be great for the kids

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY May 14, 2017

Weekend drama can be great for the kids

My two daughters rub the backs of their ears to retrieve some magic dust, which they then use to summon a pile of pizza and ice cream, before tucking into the newly created feast with arm-waving gusto. This sounds like the stuff of dreams for ...

First Japan House opens in Brazil

Style & Design Apr 30, 2017

First Japan House opens in Brazil

London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo. There is little at first sight that seems to unite these three cities, which are diverse in geography and climate as well as architecture, cuisine and atmosphere. Yet these metropolitan hubs will soon be connected by one unexpectedly common thread ...

Sao Paulo, the Japanese cultural hub of Latin America

Style & Design Apr 30, 2017

Sao Paulo, the Japanese cultural hub of Latin America

Marcello Dantas, a renowned Brazilian curator celebrated not only for producing exhibitions, but also involved in filmmaking and opera production, talks about Japan House Sao Paulo and his plans as its director of programming and chief curator. In a nutshell, what is Japan House? Japan House ...