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Destinations

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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The directory

Visit-worthy getaways within easy reach of Seoul, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Florence and Mexico City.

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All wrapped up

The presentation of a gift is just as important as the gift itself. Here’s what you need to make your efforts stand out.

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Suite dreams

Whether you’re escaping the bustle of Mexico City, reconnecting with nature in Ireland or yearning for some quality time in iceland, here’s our round-up of relaxing retreats for the holidays.

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Q&A: Jeff Stober

The Drake Hotel has become the heart and soul of its neighbourhood, playing a role in the community that was carefully thought out by its founder.

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Briefing: Shop, read, listen

Unique boutiques offering covetable homeware, exquisite candles and canny storage, plus a few absorbing page-turners and delights for your eyes and ears.

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Best in class: Mexico City

Handsome interiors shop Taxonomía caters to a discerning clientele who shun the traditional in favour of contemporary homegrown products and Mexican manufacturing finesse.

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Travel and hotels briefing

This month we round up some fine spots for weekend jaunts, whether it’s a seaside stay in Japan, a reborn Massachusetts motel or a woodland retreat an hour from Paris. And for diehard urbanites there’s an electrifying…

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Best in class: Tokyo

Hibiya Central Market is the soul of the shopping mall, where you can wander and linger among kiosks, perfectly edited fashion stores and unpretentious restaurants with a touch of old-school Tokyo.

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Class of their own

Top-flight trainers and upbeat tunes to get you up and out, and tasteful homeware, thrilling reads and film tips if you want to cosy up at home as the evenings draw in.

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