The museum where the kids can run wild

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Aug 19, 2018

The museum where the kids can run wild

Surreal as it sounds, the creation of personal digital crocodiles is a pretty typical activity in the world of teamLab — or more precisely, inside teamLab's new museum showcasing the work of the so-called "ultra-technologist" art collective.

Eat, sleep and shop at Muji Hotel

Style & Design Jan 28, 2018

Eat, sleep and shop at Muji Hotel

It all feels faintly familiar. There are the neutral textiles, the pale wood furniture, the green plants, the clean-lined gadgets and an aesthetic that is as calming as it is minimal. In short, it's identical to the interior of a Muji store — except here, ...

A modern answer to your home prayers

Style & Design Dec 17, 2017

A modern answer to your home prayers

With its white latticed facade, shiny walls of glass and monochrome interior lighting, passers-by could be forgiven for assuming that Wakabayashi Butsugu is a fashion flagship or contemporary interiors store. Yet the reality is a little different, for the minimal, clean-lined space, which opened in ...

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, ...