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, ...

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 ...