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Tokyo’s Coffee Landscape

Coffee is not part of Tokyo’s history, as it seems to be in most European cities, where entire subcultures revolve around hanging out in cafés, but the caffeine-laced drink is slowly climbing its way up the city’s pedestal. With independently owned coffee shops breaking the mold, and pioneering the introduction of Third Wave Coffee in Tokyo, the Tokyo scene is beginning to pique the interest of coffee lovers from all over Asia....

カキモリ Kakimori

The best words don’t come as easily, when you are right in front of a screen with fingers on a keyboard. You have to let yourself go with the flow and rhythm of a pen gliding on paper. Creating the perfect moment for the best story or love letter to blossom stands on its own as an intimate experience. Then, only the best implements will cut it. If you need help with setting the stage for that, Kakimori would most likely be your best bet....

Tokyo Metro 101

Taking the train is the best way to get to know the city. As they say, if you want the full experience, do it like the locals do. Tokyo’s metro system is not that friendly, though, even when everything seems to be written in Roman characters to not scare tourists. Here are our tips on how to weave through the Tokyo metro like a pro:...

Focus On: Dubai

When a conversation finds its way to anything that has to do with Dubai, name-dropping the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, and the Palm Jumeirah is somehow expected. Dubai, after all, attracts foreign visitors with its world-renowned billion-dollar megaprojects. The city may have already been considered as a major trading port for commodities as far back as the 1970s, but it wasn’t known as a tourism and retail hotspot until recent years....

Focus On: Beijing

Now home to more than 21,000,000 people, Beijing is considered to be one of the most populous cities in the world with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. The city’s population has grown by 53% in the course of 14 years*, with a population density of a whopping 1,230 people per square meter in 2011....

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