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Natural high

Amid the forested mountains of Japan’s southernmost prefecture, an exclusive villa welcomes a single group of guests each night. We dropped in to see how its owners are creating a unique destination rooted in the natural…

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Starting the ascent

The first stage of Azabudai Hills, a sprawling ‘city within a city’ in the Japanese capital, is open. We explore its shops, which offer everything from fashion to furniture, and see how the mixed-use development could…

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Neutral beauty

Inspired by its lush location at the heart of Japan's capital, this calm and intimate oasis is turning over a new leaf in urban design and hospitality.


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Growing strong

Minagarten, a green retail and residential development, offers locals and visitors everything from delicious pastries to calligraphy workshops.

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Grey pride

Fashion and lifestyle magazines aimed at the over sixties are appearing on newsstands across Japan. And by taking a positive and inclusive approach to a long-neglected demographic, publishers are realising the spending…

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Japanese lessons

Impeccable service, responsible citizenship and warm hospitality are just some of the practices that make society tick in Japan. Here are 10 things the country can teach the world.


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