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 …

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 …

THE KII MOUNTAIN RANGE

Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which …