Japan

Tips and Articles in Japan

The latest design from Habitat creative director Tom Dixon: Tokyo Hipsters Club (6-12-23 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 81-3/5778-2081; www.tokyohipstersclub.com) is a cavernous, three-story concept store in the retail mecca of Harajuku. A self-des...
Tony Chi Principal, Tonychi and Associates, New York Adept at setting a scene with backlighting and textured fabrics, Tony Chi (MObar and Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, New York; Skylofts at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas) is currently spearhe...
Paris Le Relais du Parc, at Sofitel le Parc 55–59 Ave. Raymond-Poincaré, 16th Arr.; 33-1/44-05-66-10; www.sofitel.com; dinner for two $170; doubles from $272. THE LOWDOWN It's a rare treat to savor top dishes by two of the world's greatest ch...
Five minutes after you arrive in Tokyo, you're struck by it: this is the most stylish city you've ever been in, a place where fashion is taken so seriously that many of its women and men are themselves veritable works of art. Europe may once have ...
The woman escorting my husband, Michael, and me to our room at the Mandarin Oriental is visibly less than thrilled: when she opens the door, her eyes widen slightly, almost imperceptibly, but her displeasure is obvious. An electrical panel is ajar...
When illustrator Kate Williamson moved from Pennsylvania to Kyoto five years ago, she turned her artist's eye to the vibrant minutiae of Japanese culture. The result is A Year in Japan (Princeton Architectural Press; $20), a c...
Boston Book: The anecdote-filled Boston Foot Notes: A Walking Guide (Saben Books), by Jane Grossman and Felice Yager, follows five popular beats, from Back Bay to Charlestown. (www.bostonfootnotes.com) Audio: The free Boston Freedom Trail Aud...
Passenger: Shane Mitchell Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Route: Tokyo (Narita) to New York (JFK) Class/Seat no.: Executive (Business)/36H Departure time: Noon Check-in/Boarding My experience at the JAL desk was a study in Japanese politesse, executed ...
You’re sitting in a hip Tokyo cafe, having a fish cake and sake. Your server has been especially attentive, so when the check arrives, you think nothing of pulling out some extra yen and leaving a healthy 20 percent tip. But suddenly things go hor...
Golf | Shopping PALM SPRINGS A getaway for the winter weary, who come for hot days, cool nights, and 100-plus golf courses, Palm Springs is undergoing a makeover. To wit, the Parker Palm Springs (4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.; 800/543-4300; www.thepa...
From Bauhaus-trained architects mesmerized by the simplicity of a tansu tea chest to Japanese beatniks inspired by the anarchic ideals of Fluxus artists, "Tokyo–Berlin/Berlin–Tokyo," at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (www.mori.art.museum; Jan. 2...
Now that iPods are indispensable to travelers, bulky guidebooks are becoming a thing of the past. From downloadable audio tours to free, travel-themed podcasts (episodic feeds produced by DIY narrators), the newest way to embrace an exotic...
Mexico At midnight, those who hope to travel run in and out of the front door 12 times, suitcase in hand. Philippines Villagers bang loudly on pots and pans to drive out evil spirits. Brazil Clans who live on the coast jump seven waves and...
Hotel Alpenhof, Austria Would the von Trapp family have felt at home?Probably not. Adolph Loos's rigorously Modernist rendition of an Alpine retreat, the 14-room Hotel Alpenhof, was envisioned as a sophisticated summerhouse better suited to the...
India Like the luxury house’s 2008 fashion collections, the new Hermès fragrance, Un Jardin Après la Mousson, takes its cues from the subcontinent, with a spicy-smelling blend of pepper, vetiver, coriander, and ginger. Japan Traditional incense ce...