Legwear Trends in Japan Jan28

Legwear Trends in Ja...

In addition to its regular newspaper, which comes out from Monday through Friday, Women’s Wear Daily publishes several additional supplements. I wrote the following two stories for WWD Intimates on a legwear shop in Tokyo’s Harajuku and the recent trend of tattoo tights in Japan....

Hiking in Kamakura Sep03

Hiking in Kamakura

Kamakura is a beautiful, historic town located about an hour from Tokyo, making it one of the most popular destinations for day trips outside of the city. The following story was published in an Asia travel special in the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times....

Interview with Hiroshi Onishi Aug31

Interview with Hiros...

Japanese department store operators have a reputation for being some of the most rigid companies around, so it was quite unusual that, after many repeated requests, I was granted a fairly long interview with the CEO of the country’s largest department store group, Isetan Mitsukoshi...

Shiseido 2012 Q1 Res...

Japan’s largest cosmetics company, Shiseido, today announced its financial results for its fiscal first quarter, which ended on June 30. Because of declining sales, particularly in Japan, the company posted a loss. The beauty market in Japan has been saturated and largely stagnant for...

Tokyo’s Best Boutique Hotels Aug18

Tokyo’s Best B...

While Tokyo definitely has some fantastic places to stay for those with money, it can sometimes be hard to find cool hotels on a more modest budget. To show visitors that there are indeed other options, I wrote the following story for the very cool website CNNGo. Click the image below to...

Japan’s 2011 Q2 GDP Aug15

Japan’s 2011 Q...

Japan’s Cabinet Office announced today that the country’s second-quarter GDP was down only 1.3 percent compared to last year, a significantly smaller drop than most economists expected. The following story delves into the numbers a bit further, and was published in the online...

Isetan Mitsukoshi 2011 Q1 Results Aug12

Isetan Mitsukoshi 20...

Today Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings released its results for its fiscal first quarter, running from April through June. Both sales and profit rose, but the company expects its full-year net sales to fall slightly. The following write-up on the results appeared online in Women’s Wear Daily...

Japan Retailers Post July Sales Growth Aug02

Japan Retailers Post...

Once again, Japanese retailers from fast-fashion companies to department store operators have seen their sales increase. July was a good month for many retailers due to the hot weather, which boosted sales of summer items. The following story was published online in Women’s Wear Daily...

Comme des Garçons Op...

Last Friday, innovative Japanese fashion brand Comme des Garçons opened yet another new concept store in Tokyo’s Gyre Building. Good Design Shop is the result of a collaboration with interiors store D&Department, of which Kawakubo herself is a fan. The following story ran in the...

Kao 2011 Q1 Results

Despite drawbacks related to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, we have recently been seeing a lot of Japanese companies reporting increases in sales and profit, which is great news. The latest of these is Kao Corporation, which today reported that, despite its own forecast to the contrary,...

Fast Retailing 2011 ...

Today Fast Retailing, corporate parent of fast-fashion giant Uniqlo, released its financial results for the nine months ended May 31. Although its profit dropped significantly, the company said that for the most part, this was not to do with the recent earthquake and tsunami here. The...

Onward 2011 Q1 Results Jul08

Onward 2011 Q1 Resul...

Onward Holdings, which owns a host of Japanese fashion and apparel brands, while also acting as distributor for several international brands, announced its first quarter financial results today. As expected, the figures, which take in account the period of and just after the recent earthquake...

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