Contributors / Junichi Toyofuku

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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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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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