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It's Arrived— tokyo

Preface

It’s not just 30 minutes closer to central Tokyo than Narita. The new international terminal at Haneda Airport is also a unique retail concept.

Air Lawson, Edo Alley, Edo Koji, Haneda, Kyo Hayashiya, Tokyo Sky Kitchen

With new international airports looking increasingly similar and almost all offering the same bland shopping mix of branded goods and cosmetics, it can be depressingly easy for travellers to forget where in the world they are. Three cheers then for the new international terminal at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, which opens for business this month.

The new terminal replaces the shabby old one that saw destinations dwindle to four cities in China and South Korea. The expansion means that Haneda – which for many years has mainly offered domestic flights…

Routes from Haneda

Asia China South Korea Thailand Hong Kong Malaysia Singapore Taiwan

Europe UK Germany France The Netherlands

North America Canada USA

Q&A

Yoshiaki Nakamura is designer and director of Haneda’s retail area, Edo Koji. His renowned family company is said to have some of the best carpenters in the world.

How did you get involved in the project?
I was asked to create a Japanese space – something that would be the gateway to Tokyo and Japan. Not easy in a steel and glass building!

*Did you use traditional techniques? We used different techniques for different shops. Makanai Cosme [beauty shop] is from Kanazawa, so we used latticework from there. At the casual udon restaurant, we used sugi, a humble cedar, and at Takafuku, a sukiyaki place, we used a good cypress called hinoki.

What materials did you use? Different woods and clay walls. It all looks very good now but it will be even better in three or five years when all the materials and colours settle down.

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