When I was living in London, indulging in afternoon tea at one of the city’s top hotels was almost like a rite of passage; something you had to do at least once in order to truly experience English culture and cuisine. A similar tea custom has developed in Tokyo, where afternoon tea sets are offered by many luxury hotels, as well as some restaurants and cafes. But this week only, you can get a truly authentic English afternoon tea experience at the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, thanks to a visit by famed British chef Gary Rhodes.
Newcomers to Tokyo often express exasperation at what they perceive as a lack of reasonably-priced, quality furniture and interior design stores. It is true that many of the big operators are to be found out in the far-flung suburbs and reclaimed fringes of Tokyo, and still others are in the high-end, high-priced Shinjuku area. So where to go when you are trying to furnish your new place and don’t really want to spend every waking moment with an Allen key and an instruction book? Meguro Dori in Shibuya-ku has a long line of decorator and furniture shops that stretches for several blocks and offers mid-century retro, antique and modern Scandinavian designs to please any taste.
Some divers prefer to take it easy, cruising over carpets of coral and taking in the colorful scenery and tropical fish while the sunlight penetrates through the water, dappling the coral ledges. Others, however, prefer a more varied scene such as huge rock formations, deeper depths, colossal arches or dark narrow tunnels. Okinawa’s Miyakojima is a world of unique dive sites formed by seismic and volcanic activity. Read on to learn more about this world of fascinating geographical features.
Fred Segal, an LA based luxe boutique, has officially opened its doors in Tokyo. The 900-square-meter shopping center is located along Log Road in Daikanyama, a converted railway site modeled after New York’s High Line. With Fred Segal’s vast Japanese following and appreciation for Southern California culture, CEO Paul Blum felt Tokyo was the ideal market to host its first international location.