As T+L’s resident Japanophile, I’m always plotting my next trip to Tokyo, not only to revel in one of the world’s great food destinations, but also to discover the city’s amazing shopping scene. Luckily for me, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is participating with iconic department stores Mitsukoshi and Isetan in a Manhattan pop-up store during New York Fashion Week as part of its “Is Japan Cool?” campaign (47 Greene St.; through today, Feb.13).
What to expect? Only-in-Japan merch, ranging from bicycles and household products to clothing and cosmetics (fingers crossed that they’ll carry the brand of Japanese tights that we T+L editors obsess over).
Other highlights: a robot named Robi who can hold a conversation with visitors in close to 200 languages, and collections from designer Kansai Yamamoto, who has dressed the likes of David Bowie and Sir Elton John. Not in New York City? Whet your appetite for a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun by browsing (and even voting on) the country’s attractions, dishes, and souvenirs on the official website.
Jennifer Flowers is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.