PORTRAIT OF A JAPANESE BRAND — KNOT

KNOT  ノット — where mass customization at affordable price is the norm What’s the fuss? Knot is a high quality, customized and Japan made watch brand sold at a fraction of the stuff that the Swiss and other watchmaker giants that it is inspired by produces. (Not to mention the excellent Japanese customer care to …

JAPAN: INSPIRATIONS/ EXPERIENCES/ SUBCULTURES

“…because Japan is the global imagination’s default setting for the future.” — William Gibson, science fiction writer who coined terms like “cyberspace” and “matrix”, 2001   As a researcher-turned-journalist, I have always been intrigued by Japan. I first came to this country in 1993 as a graduate student, and later worked here as a market …

Tokyo’s Misfit Sibling Comes of Age

Skylife, March 2018 — It’s best to say out loud from the outset an open secret: Osaka is not on the radar of everyone who visits Japan. Most people travel to Tokyo, the neon capital of the world, but bypass Osaka and continue to Kyoto, the country’s cultural heart. As the noisy and fun-loving sibling …