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.

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.

Nike: Sky Hi Fashion Week City Pack


The classic Nike Dunk silhouette is reinvented for the modern day girl who is, quite literally, looking for a little lift in her step.

Ladies, Nike has given the one of their classic sneakers a (Fashion Week) makeover! Representing the major cities of New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, the wedged sneakers have been re-imagined and re-designed, celebrating each city’s culture and attitude!

Which city is yours?

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. 🙂

Ta-ku – 25 Nights for Nujabes: Night 22


Night 22 goes on longer than the other Nights, but that’s for good reason.

Listen and try to decipher what’s lurking between all the different layers within this one.

An old tune – according to its creator – but a new tune, to this writer.

Ta-ku – 25 Nights for Nujabes: Night 20


Night 20 has evoked so many emotions and feelings within that i don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing. Definitely one that I had to listen to a few times over and over, but my feelings towards it were the same – every time.

Not long to go until this project is over. Sad face.