Articles by: Felicity Hughes
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Once you’ve popped your cork, there’s no turning back: in only a matter of days, a delicious bottle of fine wine can transform into unpalatable vinegary swill. The consensus seems to be that, when stored in a fridge, resealed wine will last around three days before becoming undrinkable. For those who can’t remember that far ...

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Gah, don’t you hate it when that teabag tab takes a nosedive into your cup? It’s not like it’s going to ruin your day or anything, but it would be nice if you could smooth out these little irritants that ruffle the Zen like tranquility of an otherwise super slick teatime routine. Designer George Lee’s ...

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This little device will let you breathe easy when you pucker up for a romantic smooch. The petite, discreet Kiss Me Meter detects gasses in your breath and stomach and indicates whether your breath is going to delight or dismay a new lover. A green heart gives the go ahead to engage in a lusty ...

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Most people’s vocal stylings tend not to go down too well beyond the soundproofed confines of a karaoke booth—and when it comes to annoying your neighbors, home karaoke machines are on a par with owning a yap-happy Chihuahua. But what’s a girl to do when she comes home liquored-up and with an urgent need to ...

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You could say it with flowers, but sometimes a cut-out paper figure does the job best. Architect and designer Naoki Terada’s limited edition cards promise to do all the legwork for you in a variety of potentially tricky situations. The “I’m Sorry!” version can execute a humble apology to a disgruntled friend with more simplicity ...

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\(^_^)/ for Ginghami, who have taken the Asian art of emoticons and transferred it to the printed page. From sadness (;_;) to shock (O_O), the Kaoiru stamp can express a wide range of cute and cuddly Kaomoji feelings, lending added depth to your handwritten prose. Or something like that. Given the ever-quickening speed of digital communication, ...

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Knitwear label Tou aims to “try to redefine what clothes are”—and its latest effort rises to the task. The Slender Arrow scarf would make a bold addition to any winter wardrobe, but we’re more impressed by its potential alternative uses. After all, there aren’t many neck warmers on the market that can also be employed ...

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Lego’s fiddlier Japanese cousin, Nanoblocks, fit together with a satisfying snap that’ll give you a rush of childish pleasure. In an inspired (not to mention totally impractical) tie-up, manufacturers Kawada have joined forces with Pentax to let immature photographers create playful bling on the front of their cameras. The 14-megapixel Optio NB1000 comes with a ...

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Liven up your web chats with this 3D webcam, which comes housed in a dinky desk-bot. Forget Avatar-style trickery: this is a strictly old-school affair, filming simultaneously with two cameras to create a stereoscopic image that can be enjoyed through a pair of retro red-and-green specs. You can also get some nifty results with the ...

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There was a time when being hooked on the instant gratification of Polaroid photographs meant going broke on film. Enter Fujifilm’s range of Instax cameras, which allow users to indulge in instant images without driving themselves to destitution—the company’s instant film costs a trifling ¥750 per pack, as opposed to the ¥1,980 charged by Polaroid. ...

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Super cute with a sinister twist—that’s the specialty of artist Yoshitomo Nara, whose alternately charming and creepy creations expose violent undercurrents in Japan’s kidult pop culture. Take Soran-chan, for instance: though a little lighter than Nara’s usual fare, she still manages to balance the bitter with the sweet. Simply lift up her blue hair to ...

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Okay, office supplies aren’t usually known for having mouth-watering properties. Yet these sushi-themed memo pads—brought to you by the creative minds at Tokyo’s Mr. Design Inc.—are realistic enough to whet the appetites of kawaii stationery freaks and foodies alike. Each pack offers four delicious options: tamago, maguro, salmon and toro. Line them up on your ...

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While the young salarymen of yesteryear used to dine out in style on the rich platter (ahem) available at convenience stores, today’s single fellas prepare their own food. Welcome to the era of what the Japanese media have dubbed bento danshi (“packed-lunch boys”). Fledgling cooks afraid that such behavior will affect their status as red-blooded ...

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The searing temperatures don’t seem to have had much effect on the trend for chunky headphones, at least on the stylish streets of Shibuya. Well, if fashionistas could handle wooly hats a few summers ago, an oversized bit of headgear like this should be a breeze. Part of Sony’s summer range, the MDR-PQ2 comes in ...

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The Noughties saw underground stencil artists like Banksy take over the streets with irreverent anarcho-punk graffiti that they hoped would topple the whole stinking system. If you’d like to follow in Banksy’s footsteps but don’t fancy nicking your fingers while using a Stanley knife (hey, stenciling isn’t only dangerous when you’re out on the streets), ...

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The humble nail clipper gets an ultra modern and thoroughly practical makeover from Tripod designer Satoshi Nakagawa. Easy to grip and clip, this simple clamshell number won a well-deserved place in the most recent JIDA Design Museum Selection, an annual round-up curated by the Japan Industrial Designers’ Association. Those afraid of losing their grip can ...

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Proving that the kidult generation can grow up without growing out of their former passions, this accessory brings an injection of class to the lucrative otaku market. To celebrate 30 years of dot munching, Namco Bandai Games Inc. has released a special commemorative Pac-Man Wallet. Fashioned from leather and available in black, red or blue, ...

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Guaranteed to deliver a warm, fuzzy feeling all winter long, these are the ultimate accessory for the music-loving female: ear muff headphones. Seriously, we’ve no idea why somebody didn’t think of this before. Not only do they lend the wearer an adorable Eskimo chic, they also allow you to bop around town wrapped up in ...

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Your Six-Step Guide to Consumer Heaven

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Features

Leave the holiday shopping blues behind with our essential gift guide

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Sometimes futurism can just seem so passé. If you find yourself longing for the old-school elegance of analog without having to give up the functionality and economy of digital, you’ll find a lot to like about Setocraft’s Motif Digital Camera Case, which lets you tote your teeny point-and-shoot in a pouch that looks like a ...

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Sometimes futurism can just seem so passé. If you find yourself longing for the old-school elegance of analog without having to give up the functionality and economy of digital, you’ll find a lot to like about Setocraft’s Motif Digital Camera Case, which lets you tote your teeny point-and-shoot in a pouch that looks like a ...

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Electronic toys without batteries… surely it’s a wind-up? Well, yes, actually it is. Ecotronic’s environmentally friendly clockwork toys are a brilliant alternative to buying cheap electronic goods. And unlike their battery-hungry counterparts—which are likely to clog up landfills for centuries to come—these babies are biodegradable. There are six different brightly colored toys available, suitable for ...

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Features

Picking presents is easy with our can't miss gift guide.

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Restaurant Reviews

Fish-lovers rejoice; vegetarians, beware

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Restaurant Reviews

Premium sushi--and rock-paper-scissors competitions--enliven this Asakusabashi izakya

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Restaurant Reviews

Enjoy casual Paris cooking on the streets of Ningyocho

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Japan Beat

These emo punks are doing Janis Joplin proud

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