Contributors / Junichi Toyofuku

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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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16. Age gracefully

The emotional bond we form with a vintage vehicle just can’t be replicated with a modern marque, says our doting driver.

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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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Point of view

Catching a train to Kyoto isn’t just part of Tokyo-based architect Jun Aoki’s weekly ritual – it’s a chance for him to reflect and a constant source of inspiration.

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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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The art of eating alone

Recommendations are vital in the restaurant world but why are hundreds of thousands of Japanese poring over the culinary musings of a fictional salesman? We meet the Solitary Gourmet.

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Into the woods

One of Tokyo’s leafiest neighbourhoods is the setting for a charming house that’s been carefully renovated and kitted out by the furniture maker and designer who owns it.

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Novel approach

A Japanese book distributor is espousing an unusual business model that sells not just books, but the bookshop experience itself, to bibliophiles and casual shoppers alike.

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