The Monocle Travel Guide to Tokyo


Monocle travels to the Japanese capital for a comprehensive survey of the best the city has to offer.

If Tokyo’s reputation is that of an imposing, neon-lit, modern city, a visit will reveal a very different side: low-rise, leafy and welcoming. For The Monocle Travel Guide to Tokyo, the Monocle team has canvassed the metropolis for places that highlight this lesser-known side.

Secret Sydney Show: DJ Muro


Funkdafied are proud to announce this special event featuring legendary Japanese Crate Digger DJ MURO.

This event will take place at a very unique secret location with all info being revealed closer to the date.

There will also be a full supporting line of local DJs all playing 45s.

What are you waiting for? Grab a ticket to the secret show NOW.

Melbourne: UNIQLO Pop Up Store


A friend of mine told me yesterday that she’s noticed that a lot of Melbourne’s fashion culture has recently been influenced by the Japanese.

And with the pop-up of basics label UNIQLO launching this weekend in Melbourne’s CBD, that is definitely supporting my friend’s opinion.

UNIQLO specialises in affordable basics, and will open its first Australian store later this year on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

To tide you over until then, it is highly recommended that you check out the pop-up store.

Capsule Collection: A Bathing Ape x The Simpsons


Japanese brand A Bathing Ape (also referred to as BAPE) has an exciting collaboration in the works.

BAPE recently teamed up with The Simpsons, one of the most iconic cartoons in the last decade and the longest running cartoon on TV of all time.

For Spring 2014 BAPE has put together the iconic Simpsons characters with its Baby Milo cartoon character on apparel, as well as accessories.

Hayao Miyazaki: The Wind Rises (Trailer)


A new Studio Ghibli film is always a cause for celebration, particularly when it’s made by co-founder and master animator, Hayao Miyazaki.

His latest film, The Wind Rises, is something of a departure, in that it’s a historical drama with no hint of the fantastical overtones you might associate with him.

The Wind Rises is about aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, covering a decade of his life through the Kanto Earthquake and World War Two, and all the turbulence and tragedy that went with it.

Ta-ku – 25 Nights for Nujabes: Night 25


I have to admit, I am super sad that ’25 Nights For Nujabes’ has come to and end.

Night 1 did not seem all that long ago, and yet here we are at the end with Night 25. Ta-ku has created such a beautiful series of songs dedicated to the late Nujabes, that I’m sure both will be remembered for a long time to come.

Ta’Ku’s 25 Nights project is worth of truly inspiring and magical moments.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Ta-ku – 25 Nights for Nujabes: Night 24


The second last Night of the Nujabes dedication series ignites memories within and adds a romantic touch.

Although it is another short piece, the 75 seconds of music that you hear in Night 24 creates a mood that is more than words could possibly describe – but I still tried. 🙂