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The best of the Tokyo Toy Show 2011

The best of the Tokyo Toy Show 2011

From magic floating carpets to virtual fishing games, 3D paint brushes and robots made from garbage, it’s all here
Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

In the market for a luxurious makeup applicator? Calligraphy brush made out of your baby's first hairs? This Japanese town has you covered
Urban explorers: Uncovering abandoned sex museums and decrepit amusement parks

Urban explorers: Uncovering abandoned sex museums and decrepit amusement parks

Tracking down and photographing society's crumbling edifices has become a growing hobby in Japan, home to plenty of risqué ruins
10 snapshots of Tokyo life after the quake as residents pull together

10 snapshots of Tokyo life after the quake as residents pull together

In spite of media hype and the definite problems elsewhere in Japan, it's business as usual in the capital
The best place to live in Tokyo is... Nakano?

The best place to live in Tokyo is... Nakano?

But Kichijoji is the place Tokyoites most want to move to
Panda fever grips Tokyo as two new guests head to Ueno Zoo

Panda fever grips Tokyo as two new guests head to Ueno Zoo

A special jetliner is commissioned and the city streets are decorated as two of the cuddly creatures arrive from China
Near-naked anti-fur girls strut their stuff in Shibuya

Near-naked anti-fur girls strut their stuff in Shibuya

A foxy lady, bunny girl and cat woman draw attention to animal cruelty
Three films dominate the Japanese Academy Awards

Three films dominate the Japanese Academy Awards

Villainy, assassinations and confessions as golden boy actor Satoshi Tsumabuki wins best actor
Discovering five of Tokyo’s lesser-known neighborhoods

Discovering five of Tokyo’s lesser-known neighborhoods

What can you find when you're off the Tokyo guidebook maps?
The Japanese chef who makes everything with vegetables

The Japanese chef who makes everything with vegetables

Carrot cake, OK. But spinach and tomato cake? And sushi with no fish? Aya Kakisawa is perplexing palates at two Tokyo eateries
The 'social knitwork': Guerrilla knitters take on Tokyo

The 'social knitwork': Guerrilla knitters take on Tokyo

How a bunch of knit-wits are flash mobbing Tokyo with garish crochets and woolly animals
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Destination Berlin

World War II bunker and former margarine factory among cutting edge venues in ever-changing city