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Bittersweet sayonara to a Tokyo landmark

Bittersweet sayonara to a Tokyo landmark

Tokyo's Okura Hotel is cramped and dated, but its history, charm and devotion to customer service are worth preserving
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
Suit up and see Sapporo’s Snow Festival

Suit up and see Sapporo’s Snow Festival

The city of Sapporo celebrates one of its most abundant natural resources, snow, at the annual Yuki Matsuri
Triumph International launches new bras to ward off evil spirits

Triumph International launches new bras to ward off evil spirits

The end of winter means it's time for saucy underwear again