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Discover Japan - AN INSIDER'S GUIDE 7003192_Vol.20

Discover Japan is the insider's guide to Japan. Published since 2008 in Japanese, the magazine is now available in English as a redesigned, easy-to-read digital issue that is packed with stories on Japanese culture, food, travel, design and much more. We hope this will soon become your preferred guide to a previously unexplored side of Japan. Notice "Discover Japan ―AN INSIDER'S GUIDE vol. 18" originally scheduled for release on April 6th has been changed due to unforeseeable circumstances. We will notice to you again, as soon as the release day is confirmed. Thank you for understanding.

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from the editor

After having taken in all the delights of the big cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and beyond, you need a quiet place to contemplate it all. This issue brings you three such sanctuaries. From the southernmost inhabited island of Hateruma, we tag along with pastry chef Satomi Fujita as she explores the beautiful island in search of Japan’s most delicate and delicious brown sugar. All the way up north in Hokkaido, we visit the famous ski resort of Niseko and give you plenty of reasons to visit outside of the powder-snow season to enjoy the areas magnificent nature. We also visit a traditional onsen hot spring resort in Yamagata that is providing visitors with new ways to enjoy the local landscape. Finally, restaurant critic Yumiko Inukai takes us to Chiba, as she dines on…

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nine hours hotel opens in asakusa

Nine Hours is a capsule hotel with a difference, offering guests a range of functional and superior quality travel services in the heart of the metropolis. Concentrating on the three basic requirements of travellers, namely showering, sleeping and changing clothes, this functional and quality-focused hotel chain has gained popularity for catering to the broad needs of its users by allowing guests to also just drop by for a quick nap or shower. Its newest hotel, Nine Hours Asakusa, will open this autumn along with the second branch of the Norwegian café Fuglen on the first floor. Keep an eye out for the hotel’s various pop-up events and exclusive services for guests. Nine Hours Asakusa Open: September 21 (Friday) 2-6-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Price: From ¥4,900 for one night and from ¥1,000 for a nap *Nap…

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fukasawa’s infobar gets a modern makeover

There was once a mobile phone that captivated design aficionados – it’s the Infobar mobile, a creation of product designer Naoto Fukasawa. The newly launched Infobar xv has kept its signature unique colour combination, while evolving its functionality by adding a frameless numeric keypad and a range of smartphone features, including voice assistance from Siri and others. This masterpiece of mobile phones is back after a 15-year hiatus. Inforbar xv Colours: Nishikigoi (nishikoi carp colours), Nasukon (aubergine purple), Cherry Berry Sizes: W48 × H138 × D14mm (rough dimensions) Display: Approx. 3.1-inch TFT/WVGA Main camera: Approx. 8-megapixel/CMOS External memory: microSDHC™ / (Up to 32GB) Battery capacity: 1500mAH Weight: Unspecified…

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showcasing kyoto’s artisanal kasuri-zome

Issey Miyake is a vanguard of combining mode fashion with the Made In Japan label, and he has continued to create original materials since debuting his brand Issey Miyake MenN. This two-piece set in his current season’s collection especially showcases Japan’s skillful designs. The checkered pattern has been carefully handcrafted by Kyoto artisans using thread dyed in the kasuri-zome style to specifically create designs in the fabric, with the hard-twisted crosswise threads on the loom producing a three-dimensional yanagi willow-robe effect of blue on white that immediately captures the eye. Miyake has tailored Japanese fabric into this one-of-a-kind exquisite Western-style outfit, which is perfect to wear daily while immersing yourself in the artistic season of autumn that Japan dubs geijutsu-no-aki. Let the fabric’s refreshing shades of blue and white invigorate…

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culture tourism in oita

Oita prefecture is known for its hot springs, and this autumn the entire prefecture will hold the Oita Daichakai Festival. Highlighted this year is the third Anish Kapoor In Beppu Art Festival, which invites one international artist or artist group to Beppu to create an exhibition utilizing the city’s regional characteristics. This year the international contemporary artist Anish Kapoor has created over 10 artworks including a giant mirror installation and fusions of sculptures with structures. The prefectural festival will also feature exhibitions and projects from Shinji Ohmaki in Hita, Takashi Kyota in Nakatsu, graf in Kitsuki, and teamLab in Usa. Why not take a trip around Oita this autumn and immerse yourself in culture and art. 33rd National Culture Festival Oita 2018 18th Oita Daichakai National Art and Culture Festival for…

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looking for paradise

Late summer and early autumn are perhaps the best times to travel around Japan. If you still have some holidays left, we have picked our three favourite hidden sanctuaries to help you enjoy a holiday in paradise. Beaches so beautiful they look like paintings. Night skies of endless stars that are hidden in the cities. Breathtaking vistas of majestic mountain ranges. Each of these are scenes that deserve to be experienced without worrying about the pressures of time, so why not spend your vacation time this summer enjoying one of them? From Niseko in the north to Hateruma in the south, this issue will guide you to several of the best examples of paradise in Japan. The busy people of today are ever more in need of spending a bit of time…