Contributors / Junichi Toyofuku

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25 things to make you happy

Summer is all about taking a break and doing the things that enhance your quality of life. And we’ve devised a modest checklist of ideas to set you on the right course – to make life just a bit nicer. So grab your swimmers…

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Common thread

The Japanese capital’s fashion scene is brimming with new brands that are blending high fashion with outdoor styles.

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Game changer

Nintendo’s former headquarters have reopened as a boutique hotel designed by Tadao Ando. The architect has retained many original elements, with nods to the company’s origins as a producer of playing cards.

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Call to action

How Japanese outdoors company Goldwin melds technical prowess with sharp cuts for adventurers and urban explorers – and is now known for producing the world’s most coveted outdoorswear.

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Hearth of the matter

A tranquil onsen hotel on the scenic shores of Lake Poroto in northern Japan combines a serene stay with discovery of the area’s native culture.

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Small wonder

Distilling the charms of the traditional Japanese ryokan and elevating the experience with bespoke design were the goals of the hotelier behind The Shinmonzen.

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Flip the stitch

Amid relaxing standards of formality in the workplace, sales of suits in Japan have fallen sharply. But one Tokyo label is going against the grain. We meet the menswear mavericks behind The Gentleman in the Parlour.

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Style guides

Whether they are subtly demonstrating how best to wear the season’s latest pieces or giving customers advice via text, Tokyo’s menswear shop staff are dedicated to helping their customers find their personal style.

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Holiday express

For passengers on Japan’s redesigned Saphir Odoriko trains, the vacation begins from the moment that they board, thanks to comfy seating, top-quality food and huge windows to help them enjoy the view.

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Straight to the point

United Arrows brings the world’s best fashion to Japan. But now, in a country where physical retail has reigned supreme, the pandemic has given online shopping a sudden boost. We meet the multibrand giant’s new president…

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Fitting room

A renaissance in handmade Japanese sandals is attracting a discerning clientele who are discovering how to match them not only with traditional looks but modern-day outfits too.

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On top of their games

As Tokyo gets set to host the Olympics and Paralympics after 2020’s false start, a multitude of behind-the-scenes players have long been exercising their minds to ensure a gold-standard Games. We meet some of the unsung…

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Power tools

Japan is a nation that does many things rather well. Here we profile a few problem-solving products to tackle some of life’s trickier challenges – oh, and a banana holder.

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04. Commit to print

In a world where physical media still carries more weight, why not get your ideas down on paper? We show you how.

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23. Book your ticket

A children’s library housing 18,000 books has been gifted to Osaka by an architect who calls the city home.

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40. Check-in time

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is opening a new chapter in Japanese hospitality, marking a foray into luxury hotels where foreign marques have reigned unchallenged.

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Power trip

There’s a once-in-a-lifetime urban-mobility revolution ahead. Honda is betting on a car made for nippy trips and tight streets. Hop in.

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Land of the rising fun

The offshore prefecture of Okinawa has long been thought of as a separate entity from the rest of Japan due to its strong US military presence, distinct culture and geography. Tropical breezes and low-slung bungalows allow…

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