Japan Blues; Indigo Artisans

Japan Blues; Indigo Artisans
On our recent trip to Japan's countryside in the Kyushu area we visited centuries old family run businesses in Kurume who still make natural indigo dye and handmade cotton Ikat fabrics, for Kimonos and other traditional garments.

Park Hyatt Tokyo Close to Heaven

Park Hyatt Tokyo Close to Heaven
I've have been fortunate enough stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo several times in the past 10 and always wanted to write about the experience. I realize many articles have been written about this property, but 21 years after it opened I feel it deserves yet more coverage as its still top of its game! Read on...

Artist Lynn Matsuoka; Secret World of Japanese Sumo and Kabuki

Artist Lynn Matsuoka;  Secret World of Japanese Sumo and Kabuki
The Hamptons art community is rich, eccentric and diverse as one would find in any major global city.  One such internationally renowned artist that we recently discovered in the Hamptons was famed reportage artist Lynn Matsuoka; a native New Yorker, who spent 37 years living in Japan.

The Sake Samurai

The Sake Samurai
If you have been to the Hamptons then you have no doubt ate at Sen.  Sen is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Hamptons, Sag Harbor to be specific. On a recent Sunday evening we attended a Sake Tasting event there hosted by Ryunosuke (Jesse) Matsuoka...