Contributors / Junichi Toyofuku

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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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Breathtaking nearby mountains and an enviable lack of rain are just two of the things to recommend the handsome city of Ueda.

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Hidden talents

Tokyo furniture shop Bullpen is one of the few outlets focusing on handmade pieces by lesser-known design talent.

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In the frame

Japan’s foremost mountaineering photographer on where he goes when he needs to soothe his mind and recharge his batteries.

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Counter: productive

He wanted to build the best fashion shop in the country. But where? He picked a town in the middle of nowhere. This is the story of the retail rebel.

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Keeping it simple

A residence in Kyoto has been given a sensitive makeover that pays homage to its history. Now a cosy guest house, A Day in Khaki offers a soothing retreat in serene surrounds.

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Second helping

Shortly after scooping the top spot in our 2016 Restaurant Awards, Beard closed. Now its founder has returned from his culinary journey with a new partner and a brand-new restaurant.

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Little by little

In this CGI era when craft means corralling pixels, we take a trip to a traditional animation studio in Tokyo to marvel at mastering the miniature. Among the models and drying paint we find that old-fashioned artworking is…


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