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Asics Japan to Open New Sport and Healthy Food Venue in East Tokyo in Spring 2017

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Asics Japan will open a new sports facility in spring 2017 in Sumida, east Tokyo.
Suggestions for the future facility’s name are currently being accepted by the general public until mid-January. It is being touted as a “sustainable community space” that will feature a riverside caf...

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Early Days For Sejima’s Hokusai Museum

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JAPAN TIMES
 
At some point in the future, the new Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo will be considered with great affection by a lot of people. Like Tokyo Tower and Starck’s Asahi Beer Hall — which have had their fair share of criticism but are now an inextricable part of what makes Tokyo one of th...

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Pretty in Pink

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THE JAPAN NEWS
Employees of the Hasebe Engei flower farm trim cyclamen flowers and leaves on Monday in Mizuho, Tokyo. Cyclamen shipments are almost at their peak, as the flowers sell well during the year-end and New Year’s holiday season. About 3,000 cyclamen of 50 varieties are grown at Hasebe E...

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HMV Taps Vinyl Revival in Japan With New Shinjuku Store and Shibuya Museum

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
HMV continues to roll out its comeback strategies, and it has a decidedly analog flavor.
The overseas music retailer has been owned in Japan by a subsidy of the convenience store giant Lawson since 2010. It is now hoping to tap into the retro music scene as domestic music sales fal...

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Tennozu-Shinagawa, The New Tokyo District For Art and Design

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Earlier this year we reported on the opening of Archi-Depot, Japan’s first architecture models museum. The company behind the museum, Warehouse Terrada, is actually pioneering a whole new art district where the museum is located on Tennozu (also spelt Tennoz) in Tokyo Bay.
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Book and Bed Tokyo Bookstore Hotel Opens New Branch in Kyoto

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Last week we reported on the growing bookstore boom in Tokyo that has seen Book and Bed, a bookshop-hotel, become such a hit that its customized pajamas sell out in minutes.
 
Book and Bed Tokyo opened in Ikebukuro in November last year, riding on a book-themed accommodation trend ...

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Tokyo Designer Bookstores Offer Craft Beer, Drip Brew Coffee, Chic Pajamas

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
We have been following recent developments in the Tokyo book store world with interest.
From gimmicks like Book and Bed Tokyo — a bookstore-themed hotel — and the actual opportunities to stay overnight at Junkudo, a real book shop in Tokyo, to the revamp of the Muji store in Yuraku...

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Shibuya Store Cashes In On Tourist Boom with New Hachiko Dog Landmark

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
After already breaking records for inbound tourism last year, the government hopes to double the number to 40 million by 2020.
So far this year, more than 10 million non-Japanese visitors have entered the country, indicating the government is on track to hit 20 million or more for ...

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Restaurant And Event Space Opens Underneath Shimokitazawa Railway Viaduct

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A new stage in the redevelopment of the beloved Setagaya district of Shimokitazawa includes a restaurant and event space opening under the railway tracks.
In a similar way to how the western areas of Tokyo along the Chuo Line are somewhat defined by their use of the raised railway ...

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Dragon Quest Builders Turns Shinjuku Station Wall Into Removable Blocks Mural

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Just under a year ago, Shinjuku Station was taken over by 100,000 “pop-able” bubbles as a promo for the PlayStation game Dragon Quest.
Once again Dragon Quest will be hijacking the same underground concourse at Shinjuku Station, this time to promote the new game Dragon Quest Builde...

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