Archives for the month of: June, 2011

Summer is well and truly here and cycling just feels so much better when the weather’s fine, so for a bit of fun mapp::tokyo pointed the lens at some cool and interesting bicycles – and scooters – around town.

Cool by Como Corso

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Online shopping has become an accepted part of the retail landscape in many countries, including Japan, providing shoppers with previously unimagined choice in terms of product range and price and the convenience of 24 hour shopping from a desk, sofa or bed. Even in Tokyo, with its seductive, unrivaled shopping environment, known for its extended trading hours, peerless service, presentation and packaging, and sheer variety, e-commerce has in a short space of time become another established and accepted shopping avenue.

Global online sites like eBay, Amazon and Groupon all have a presence in Japan. More interesting, though, are the home-grown enterprises. We look at some of the main players in this post.

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Hidden in the back streets off Omotesando, Omotesando Koffee seems to channel the zen simplicity and harmonious aesthetics of the tea house for the modern espresso set.

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When Mazda released its Eunos Roadster in 1989, it wasn’t breaking new ground. The Roadster wasn’t the first open top two seater on the market; it wasn’t the fastest or the most expensive. Mazda’s sleek lightweight convertible was, however, an embodiment of the sports car spirit that was forged by classic marques such as Lotus, Triumph and MG. Mazda’s design had repackaged the classic open top driving experience of the 1960s for the modern market, using the latest automotive technology to create a sexy sports car that was affordable, fun to drive and able to conform to the strict safety laws that had evolved since the carefree 60s. Instantly appealing, at once nostalgic and completely modern, the MX-5 reignited the dormant compact convertible market.

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Tokyo is a desirable location for international designers and retailers: it offers a large, sophisticated market with discerning tastes and an acute appreciation of brand value. No wonder then that the city’s prestigious neighborhoods are outposts of most of the world’s luxury goods retailers and international fashion houses.

Though Japan consumers have, despite strong brand loyalty, drifted away from their once slavish consumption of high end European labels, in a culture defined in part by its refined aesthetics, good design remains as desirable as ever and can be seen in all facets of life here. Examples of good international design can be evidenced throughout Tokyo – most strikingly in its contemporary architecture, but also in its stores. For the shopper, expertly edited collections of modern designer furniture pieces and interior objects can be found at Tokyo’s MoMA store, at The Conran Shop and at hhstyle.com.

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