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The price of silver
Producers and retailers of luxury goods are waking up to the power of affluent seniors. We travel to Japan to meet the brands that are wise to the trend.
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.)
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.
End of an era
We look back at the hushed world of the iconic Hotel Okura in Tokyo. Monocle Films was granted exclusive access to capture the gracious ways of this much-loved modernist gem just before it was demolished in 2015 to give way to a new iteration of the building.
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.
Bean and gone: Tokyo cafés
Look past the dominance of the big chains in Tokyo and you will find a world of fiercely independent coffee shops. Monocle's Fiona Wilson pays tribute.
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.
We visit the description-defying Tokyo institution that sells just about everything you could ever need and is loved by everyone who visits.
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’.
Tokyo Designers Week
In the wake of a very difficult year for Japan, Monocle heads to Tokyo for its annual design week to see how the city and country is using craft heritage to attract new business.
Capsule hotel – 9 hours
The 9 Hours is the brand new capsule hotel unveiled in December 2009 by Tokyo-based Cubic Corp. Designed in a collaboration with designer Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S, it looks nothing like its predecessors and represents a revolution in the capsule concept. Gabriel Leigh visits the hotel to see what's different.