Maury Rubin, two-time Emmy Award-winning producer and director, took a six-day pastry course in 1986. This led to an obsession with pastry and, consequently, a baking apprenticeship in Paris. He returned to New York and spent three years developing an updated model of the classic American neighborhood bakery. Rubin then went on to open The City Bakery in 1990 in New York City’s Union Square—part bakery, cafe, coffee shop and cafeteria.
Come September, the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo will host an exclusive, one-time-only lunch and fashion show presenting Shanghai Tang’s latest autumn-winter collection. With delicious food from the renowned Piacere restaurant and beautiful clothes to lust after, it is sure to be a wonderfully luxurious event, perfect for treating yourself or for a special day outing with the girls.
To escape the heat and humidity of Tokyo’s summer, the highland resort town of Karuizawa has always been a favorite. Just a quick 70-minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo Station will deliver you into this lush green oasis. Due to its location and elevation, average highs in the summer are around 25 degrees celcius. In the evenings, temperatures drop to around 15, and most sleep with their windows open in order to enjoy the cool, fresh air. Although there are many things to see and do in Karuizawa, the selection of museums is especially impressive.
Tokyo may be notorious for its loud fashion and otaku culture, ranging from anime and manga enthusiasts to reki-jo (female history connoisseurs), but many locals still share a disdain for something the West has increasingly grown to accept—tattoos. Though tattoos have a long history in Japan as a form of decoration, they also have a more recent history involving the nation’s criminals. Three Tides Tattoo Tokyo, sister shop to an Osaka location, is slowly trailblazing through this stigma.