The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

Aug 4, 2016

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

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There has been a recent trend among Japanese comedians to go big — with their workouts. Toshiaki Kasuga, Nakayama Kinnikun and Yoshio Kojima all incorporate flexing into their routines, playing up macho stereotypes for laughs. However, Shun Kaneko isn’t laughing. “On Japanese TV, when ...

Call: Mina Perhonen's new store has it all

| Jul 15, 2016

Call: Mina Perhonen's new store has it all

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Mina Perhonen’s new Call store is a one-stop shop in Omotesando for anyone who loves Nordic-inspired fashion and interiors. Filled with simple, soft-hued ceramics, rolls of irregular geometrically patterned textiles, racks of floaty cotton garments and displays of elegant hand-crafted goods, Call takes its ...

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

Jul 1, 2016

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

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Endurance races involving wheeled office chairs have spread from their birthplace in a small Kyoto suburban town across Japan to Taiwan and China. The races are named Isu-1 Grand Prix — a pun on the Japanese word “isu” for chair and Formula 1 racing. ...

In space-tight Japan, how to live like a minimalist

Jun 21, 2016

In space-tight Japan, how to live like a minimalist

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Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meager scattering of various other items. Money isn’t the issue. The 36-year-old editor has made ...