The City of Kurashiki, Japan’s ‘Little Venice’
The area, with numerous canals running through it, transports visitors to a timeless atmosphere.
The Bikan district, nestled in the city of Kurashiki, not far from Okayama, traversed by the Takahashi River and its canals, is considered the ‘Venice of Japan’. Various waterways wind through this area, offering visitors an ideal setting for a boat trip or just a walk by the water. Bikan is also known for its traditional merchant houses, some of which have been turned into museums to attest to the commune’s feudal past.
Art lovers will also find something for them as the district is home to the Ohara Museum of Arts, the first permanent collection of Western art in Japan. It features works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
Paris, Tokyo: Robert Compagnon
With his co-chef and talented wife, Jessica Yang, Robert Compagnon opened one of the top new restaurants in Paris: Le Rigmarole.3:31
Recipe for Ichiraku Ramen from ‘Naruto’ by Danielle Baghernejad
Taken from the popular manga with the character of the same name who loves ramen, this dish is named after the hero's favourite restaurant.
Tadao Ando's Floating Church
The architect, known for his rough concrete creations, designed ‘Church on the Water’, a chapel surrounded by nature in Hokkaido.
Bows and Arrows, the Haven of the Modern Japanese Art of Living
The concept store offers a selection of Japanese brands, showcasing the craftsmanship of artisans from around the country.
‘The Night Parade of 100 Demons’, a Folkloric Bestiary
In his inventory-style book, Matthew Meyer reveals the secrets of the ‘yokai’, iconic figures in Japanese folklore.