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Imperial Palace in Tokyo

The Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo, literally ‘Imperial Residence’) is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda district of the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains several buildings including the main palace (宮殿, Kyūden), some residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and …

Welcome to the Ryokan Sawanoya Rooms

Welcome to the Sawanoya Ryokan. This traditional Japanese inn, located in Yanaka, near Tokyo’s Ueno district, offers tourists a relaxing stay in a rustically attractive residence. Sawanoya Ryokan, which has been in the service sector for more than 70 years, offers pleasant living in a warm, welcoming environment. Sawanoya’s interior is just as welcoming as …

Aquvii store with an array of trinkets and accessories

  It’s a little boutique, but they’ve packed every square inch with merchandise from largely Japanese artists and brands. In Japanese, the name Aquvii sounds like “akubi” or “yawn.” They think that good things should be passed on to those around you in the same way that a yawn can be shared from one person …

Yohji Yamamoto & Aoyama Store Tokyo,Japan

Yamamoto was born in Tokyo and received his law degree from Keio University in 1966. He dropped out of law school to help his mother with her dressmaking business, where he developed his tailoring abilities. He went on to Bunka Fashion College to study fashion design and graduated in 1969. Yamamoto made his stage debut …

HARCOZA Fashion Store in Tokyo, Japan

The HARCOZA store (between Daikanyama and Ebisu) has a modest art gallery-like decor that matches the apparel. The space is filled with bright and colorful hues and exudes a joyful, upbeat vibe. There is an eclectic range of accessories, including rings, watches, and necklaces, in addition to clothing. Because many of the brands in Harcoza …

Candy one of the most fashionable fashion boutiques in Tokyo

  Between a street crowded with cafes and the Loft building is a hidden passageway in the heart of Shibuya. It’s dark and scary, but halfway down, you’ll notice a neon sign with the word “Candy” scrawled on it. No, it doesn’t pander to Tokyo’s famous sweet tooth, but it is one of the city’s …

KITAKORE – JAPAN’S FASHION INSPIRATIONS IN TOKYO

This little mall, located in the most improbable of locations on the outskirts of metropolitan Tokyo, has become a hotspot for DIY fashionistas. The Kitakore Building, a run-down structure, has been restored in the image of several designers. Secret Dog, Garter, Ilil, Hayatochiri, and Southpole are all owned by creative designers who experiment with one-of-a-kind …

Kumazawa Banzan (1619–1691)

Nojiri Kazutoshi (1590-1680), a rônin who served two different daimyo but found himself masterless at the time of Banzan’s birth, three years after the passing of Tokugawa Ieyasu, was the father of Banzan when he was born in Kyoto (1543–1616). The daimyos Sakuma Jinkurô and Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582) were served by Banzan’s grandfather (1556–1631). His …

Kido Takayoshi (Kido Koin) (1833–1877)

During the Tenpô era (1830–1843), a period of famine and political upheaval that many historians believe to represent the start of the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, Kido Kôin, a samurai from Chôshû, was born. He was a staunch supporter of the imperial dynasty who made a significant contribution to overthrowing the Tokugawa regime. He …

Kakizaki Hakyo (1764-1826)

The Kakizaki family, a Matsumae collateral family that functioned as house councilors (karô), adopted Kakizaki Hirotoshi, the fifth son of the Matsumae daimyo (better known by his studio name, Hakyô). At the age of nine, the Ka-kizaki house head brought him to Edo, where he spent the next ten years living in the Matsumae domain …