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The master craftsman: Shimada Takayuki
The unassuming Shimada Gama workshop in Gotsu doubles up as an open-air museum of traditional stoneware pottery. It specialises in creating large pieces that are burnt in a sloped wood-fired kiln. We talk to the 73-year-old master Shimada Takayuki about the challenges of passing the rare skill and aesthetic sensibility down to his son and grandson.
The talent-seeker: Ryutaro Yoshida
Japanese company Time & Style knows how to inject innovative spirit into traditional crafts. Over the past two decades its founder Ryutaro Yoshida has criss-crossed Japan to woo reluctant artisans to collaborate on modern designs. We meet him in the remote region of Shimane as he develops a series of handmade washi paper lamps.
Monocle preview: October issue, 2020
In Monocle’s worldly October issue, we hear from Beirut about the days following the city’s devastating port explosion and the fellowship of its people. We also pay a visit to the retailers that have found success in lockdown, survey a forward-thinking office campus and take a deep dive into Italian innovation.Available now at The Monocle Shop
The Monocle Book of Gentle Living
From how to make the most of your free time to rethinking the way you work, shop and even sleep, our new book is packed with tips for making good things happen, doing something you care about and finding a slower pace of life that’s kinder to yourself, those around you and the planet.Order your copy at The Monocle Shop.
Monocle preview: The Entrepreneurs 3, September 2020
Does your company need a rethink? What does winning look like? Should you move to a quieter city? Find the answers – and many more – among the 100 tips inside the latest edition of The Entrepreneurs. It’s time to be bold.Available now at The Monocle Shop
Monocle preview: September issue, 2020
Monocle’s September issue is chock-full of ideas on how to chart a new course for yourself and your business. We scoured the globe to find pockets of opportunity in a suppressed economy. Dive in to find out about the new entrepreneurial hotspots, why well-designed global HQs are here to stay and how media brands can stay nimble for their audience. We also lined up a few tasty stopovers along the way and a dashing selection of sports attire to keep you in shape. So get moving and order your copy here.Available now at The Monocle Shop
Monocle subscriptions: Introducing Digital Editions
Monocle’s expanded digital offering brings the magazine to life on screen. So if you’re on the move, you can still have our witty and winning journalism at your fingertips in an elegant and easy-to-navigate format. Every issue of the magazine will be available instantly and you’ll have access to our extensive archive. Oh, there are exclusive travel guides too. There are three subscription packages to choose from. Sign up here.
Monocle preview: July/August issue, 2020
Monocle’s city-themed summer double issue celebrates all that’s great about our urban centres. From the people and projects making our cities better places to the shops that bring communities together, we’re here to prove that being at the beating heart of a metropolis is still the best way to live. Plus: why camper vans are making a comeback.Available now at The Monocle Shop
A nose for the right wine in Tuscany
An invitation to one of James Suckling’s soirées at his Tuscan villa is a rare treat. An influential wine critic, Suckling’s approach to choosing wine is characteristically considered. He will often theme the evening by grape, country or wine style but also might present wines based on the mood or the tastes of people attending. Correct storage of any vintage is incredibly important. The LG SIGNATURE Wine Cellar allows variable control of temperature, humidity, vibration and light levels. Find out how to become the consummate host with LG SIGNATURE in our five-part “The art of hosting” series.
The Chiefs: Monocle summit in St Moritz
The past few months have shown us that there’s no substitute for face-to-face conversations. As we begin to look forward with optimism, there are opportunities to be discussed, ideas to be shared and challenges to be met. Join us this September in the Swiss Alps for inspiring discussions, great hospitality and new connections. Get your ticket here.
A light touch in the Spanish Pyrenees
Setting the mood for an evening of drinks and dinner is best achieved through the careful lighting of one’s surroundings. Javier Marset – co-owner of Catalan lighting company, Marset – favours the low glow of directional illumination and a casual atmosphere to put guests at ease when visiting his modern retreat in the mountains. The fastest way to freshen up after a long day on the slopes is to use the LG SIGNATURE Washer/Dryer Combo; its TWINWash and Dual Control features will save valuable time before guests arrive. Find out how to become the consummate host with LG SIGNATURE in our five-part “The art of hosting” series.
Monocle preview: June issue, 2020
Monocle’s June issue is a landmark instalment that breaks with the magazine’s usual format for the first time. Instead, as the world reels from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve enlisted 50 politicians, philosophers, architects, designers, journalists and more to ask one question: what’s next? Their answer? We will come back stronger. Here’s how.Available now at The Monocle Shop
Gaja: the next generation of winemakers
Five generations after Giovanni Gaja founded his eponymous winery in the Piedmont town of Barbaresco, the family continues to produce some of Italy’s best vintages. Their uncompromising commitment to quality is helping to maintain one of the world’s finest vintners.
Monocle preview: The Entrepreneurs 2020
The second issue of The Entrepreneurs comes at a time when many founders and owners will be facing the biggest challenge of their careers. To help, we’ve compiled a timely compendium of advice and stories from some of the world’s most resilient businesses, big and small. What tools do you need to survive? And where are the opportunities? Find out here.Available now at The Monocle Shop
Monocle preview: May issue, 2020
Many of us will be spending more time than usual in our houses. And whether you’re busy eyeing a kitchen table, equipping your home gym or trying new recipes, our May issue explores every nook and cranny of the home – and why it matters. Plus: some home truths for when the world returns to normal.Available now at The Monocle Shop
The Monocle Book of Japan
Jump aboard the Monocle Shinkansen and join our team as we go on a hunt for untold stories. Our new book delivers a unique insight into the people, places and products that define Japan, whether you want design inspiration or business nous.Order your copy at the Monocle Shop.
Monocle preview: April issue, 2020
Monocle's April issue takes a deep dive into the world of fashion, profiling the major players in the shifting style scene and the showroom stars who set the agenda. We also hear how recent protests in Lebanon have changed the mindset of its citizens and celebrate the City of Lights in the Paris 75, with 'Les Echos'. Plus: who to call if you need a T-rex.Available now at The Monocle Shop
The international icon: Kengo Kuma
The beauty of Japanese design has won fans around the world but it takes great panache to translate it to large-scale projects. We sit down with architect Kengo Kuma in his Tokyo office to talk about the recently completed Japan National Stadium. It’s a building that has given a new lease of life to traditional craftsmanship and stimulated local economies.
The bold business owner: Takeshi Yamanaka
In 1928 Maruni Wood Industry was born out of a fascination with the masterful carpentry in ancient shrines. Today its furniture is found in the Californian headquarters of Apple as well as airport lounges, galleries and restaurants around the world. We meet the company’s president to talk about the challenges of managing a family-run business.
Japanese food trucks
These design-forward restaurants on wheels are more than just lunch-hour catering for Tokyo’s busy workers. We visit a technology start-up and the talented chefs that are putting the ‘kitchen-car’ scene into gear.
Kyoto: The Monocle Travel Guide
Japan's ancient capital may be full of hushed streets steeped in tradition but don't be fooled: there's plenty of forward-thinking retailers, innovative chefs and modernist architecture too. Our Kyoto guide will help you navigate your way around, as well as setting you off on your own path.Available now at The Monocle Shop.
Japanese architecture: Toukouen hotel
We travel to Japan’s least-populous prefecture, Tottori, where we explore one of its most-famous hotels.
Most liveable city, 2016: Tokyo
This city of 13 million nurtures a balance of hi-tech efficiency and traditional neighbourhood values – and it’s a combination that wins the Japanese capital the top spot for a second year running. Our film focuses on its nocturnal delights, from sunset sports to the public-transport system, restaurants to late-night shopping. (You can also buy our Tokyo travel guide, available now at the Monocle Shop.)
The new Monocle Voyage collection - Made in Japan
Designed and manufactured in Japan but with true global wearability, the new Monocle Voyage collection has something for every occasion – and climate. Whether business or pleasure, near or far, these pieces are sure to both wear and travel well. Monocle invites you behind the scenes for a closer look. Available now at The Monocle Shop.
Isetan: shopping as spectacle
One of Japan's most venerable department stores, Isetan stocks everything you'll ever need. We hit the shop floor to find out the secret of its success.
Pull up a pew to discover classic Japanese bars with soothing lighting, knowledgeable and immaculately turned-out bar staff and loyal clientele.
Sapporo: Into the swim of things
With its drip-filter coffee, myriad craft shops and quality fishing scene, Hokkaido’s capital reels you in with a laidback lifestyle and a strong stroke of creativity.
Tokyo: The Monocle Travel Guide
In a city where choice is everywhere, The Monocle Travel Guide to Tokyo will navigate you through some of our favourite corners of this vast metropolis. Expect to fall in love with the dazzling food, sumptuous shopping and the most courteous residents you’ll ever meet. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Tokyo is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Most liveable city: Tokyo
Marking the biggest shake-up in the survey’s nine-year history, Monocle’s 2015 Quality of Life survey awards Tokyo the number one city to call home. Rising from second place in 2014, the Japanese capital’s defining paradox – its heart-stopping size and concurrent feeling of peace and quiet – helped it claim the crown.
Senior style in Japan – living the good life at 80
For many older people in Japan work isn’t just a way to keep busy but also a source of happiness and wellbeing. From a 71-year-old barber to a 100-year-old café owner, Monocle visits Japan’s elderly who are showing little sign of letting up.
As their cutesy, cartoon profiles – and fanbases – continue to soar, Japan's cuddly collection of corporate mascots has come to inhabit a central part of the nation's identity. We meet these celebrated creations and the people who bring them to life.
Residence - Nishinoyama House
Home to a diverse creative community, architect Kazuyo Sejima's housing complex is designed to enlighten residents with its sense of serenity.
Maach Ecute is a novel retail experience in a 102-year-old former train station in Tokyo. We pay a visit to see how old infrastructure can be repurposed to improve urban life.
On the paper trail
Who needs paper in a world dominated by technology? Kenji Hall finds out as he visits Kakimori, a small stationery shop nestled in Tokyo's Kuramae neighbourhood.
Hail a cab from a Tokyo taxi firm whose white-gloved drivers arrive with immaculate manners, spotless cars, and carrying real pride in their work.
Japanese design icon Kenya Hara’s House Vision exhibition gathered some of the nation’s most creative thinkers in Tokyo to explore new possibilities for urban living.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa Resort
In our search for places to soothe the soul, Japan delivers with holistic spas and rural retreats. For centuries the Japanese have travelled to Karuizawa to benefit from the healing hot springs and mineral waters found in the valley.
Called to the bar: Y&M Kisling
Head bartender Mitsugi Yoshida has been mixing cocktails for six decades, having started in the early 1950s when he was just 18. Yoshida is a legend in the business, and his original Café de Tokyo won third place at the 1973 International Cocktail Competition in Los Angeles. Those in the know come on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the house ‘Yoshida Martini’.