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Maria Trejo-McDonald, Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park Background After more than two decades in Manhattan, Trejo-McDonald, 45, a model turned ballet dancer turned concierge, is particularly agile at steering guests toward unique Gotham experi...
Cultural Hit List Art Europe London "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist Bourgeois is still going strong in her nineties. This show, which spans seven decades of dra...
"The Japanese have a love of the hidden, which makes Tokyo a very hard place to navigate," says Nicole Fall. So she founded Bespoke Tokyo, a luxury concierge-style service that tailors high-end itineraries around Asia's most famously impermeable c...
Saturday morning on Omotesando, and the broad sidewalks are crowded, but not overly so, buzzing with early-weekend optimism and the anticipation of shopping yet to be done. Beneath the shady trees lining this central Tokyo boulevard, the pace is l...
JAPANESE CITIES ARE LIKE BENTO BOXES," says John McCreery, an anthropology professor who also writes ad copy for Japanese firms. "Each has a different mix." We're sitting on the sunny terrace of the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club, eating lamb sa...
q. I've always wanted to take a river cruise in Asia. Can you recommend a good tour operator? —L.V.S., Tempe, Ariz. a. The Irrawaddy Flotilla Co., founded in 1865, was once the world's largest privately owned fleet of ships, with 650 barges that...
More than 400 years ago what we now think of as Japanese pottery began to take form. The tradition is based on a strong sensitivity to the harmony of foods and the dishes used to serve them; even mundane edamame beans are presented in beautiful sh...
Midnight Express was enough to scare anybody straight when it comes to bringing illegal drugs into a foreign country. But even over-the-counter medication can cause nightmares. An American carrying Dristan was detained for several days by Japanese...
Reader's FindIn Paris last summer I discovered an incredible bed-and-breakfast occupying a private barge on the Seine, docked near Notre Dame. The two Americans who own La Vie en Rose [888/866-4730 or 33-1/43-54-03-46, fax 33-1/43-29-79-15; www....
To get into Tokyo from Narita Airport you can catch a cab— and pay more than $150 for a trip that can take two hours— or you can hop the rail link from the terminal for as little as $7.50 and be there in just over an hour. That's what you call a n...
IT'S MY FIRST MORNING IN TAIPEI AND I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SWANK Sherwood hotel in a wool suit (bad idea), sweating despite the damp chill, as I wait for my friend Mingwei's mother to take me to the National Palace Museum. The sky is a dull ...
On the road, these neo-nomads follow their own set of rules: Keep a closet in several cities, tip freely, pack scented candles, and always get your assistant to paddle your canoe. Want to know more?We asked seven mileage moguls to tell us. Aerin ...
turkey's posh new padTurkey's nightlife capital, Bodrum, now has two landmarks: the seaside Castle of St. Peter and, perched on a hill above it, the striking Marmara Bodrum hotel. Earthy architect Ersen Gürsel and interior designer Christian Allar...
Airline vacation packages have always been great values that are easy to book. Lately, though, airlines have realized that many travelers don't want to be stuck on a bus tour, nor do they like staying in business mega-hotels or sterile tourist-cla...
'People characterize my work as very Japanese,' says fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. 'That always surprises me. My generation has no sense of nationality. It's hard to appreciate that, unless you were born in Tokyo in 1943 and grew up in a countr...