Close up with: Takashi Murakami

  村上さんは欧米で高い評価を得ていらっしゃると思いますが、日本ではそこまでではないですね 。Hiroponのような作品が、あなた(村上さん)が日本で受け入れられない理由(の一つ)だと思いますか。それでなぜ村上さんの作品はは批判を引き付けると思いますか。

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Close up with: Takashi Murakami

  村上さんは欧米で高い評価を得ていらっしゃると思いますが、日本ではそこまでではないですね 。Hiroponのような作品が、あなた(村上さん)が日本で受け入れられない理由(の一つ)だと思いますか。それでなぜ村上さんの作品はは批判を引き付けると思いますか。

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Cognac: Imperial spirit

Cognac was Napoleon’s desert island luxury, says Matthew Wilcox. But after years in decline, it has taken rap stars to revive the spirit Asked to imagine himself castaway on a desert island, David Cameron declared he would seek comfort in

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Cognac: Imperial spirit

Cognac was Napoleon’s desert island luxury, says Matthew Wilcox. But after years in decline, it has taken rap stars to revive the spirit Asked to imagine himself castaway on a desert island, David Cameron declared he would seek comfort in

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Japanese art finally finds favour in London

Contemporary Japanese artists have struggled to find recognition in London, but that could be changing By Ermanno Rivetti and Matthew Wilcox London’s art world has traditionally been less receptive to contemporary Japanese art than Paris or New York, but the

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Japanese art finally finds favour in London

Contemporary Japanese artists have struggled to find recognition in London, but that could be changing By Ermanno Rivetti and Matthew Wilcox London’s art world has traditionally been less receptive to contemporary Japanese art than Paris or New York, but the

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Food: Tokyo Ramen Top 10

Zen and the rise of ramen Sushi may lay claim to the title of Japan’s national dish, but it is fair to say that Tokyo was built on ramen. In the tough years immediately after the Second World War when

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Food: Tokyo Ramen Top 10

Zen and the rise of ramen Sushi may lay claim to the title of Japan’s national dish, but it is fair to say that Tokyo was built on ramen. In the tough years immediately after the Second World War when

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Close up with: Kohei Nawa

The work of Kohei Nawa is as amorphous as the digital manipulations he uses to create his sculptures. As he prepares to create a special installation at Bonhams, Matthew Wilcox strives to keep up with all the artist’s plans and

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Close up with: Kohei Nawa

The work of Kohei Nawa is as amorphous as the digital manipulations he uses to create his sculptures. As he prepares to create a special installation at Bonhams, Matthew Wilcox strives to keep up with all the artist’s plans and

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Close up with: Piero Antinori

Piero Antinori’s space age winery represents a new high for Chianti. But, as he tells Matthew Wilcox, things haven’t always been smooth sailing For a man who has borne the burden of being the public face of Italian wine for

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Close up with: Piero Antinori

Piero Antinori’s space age winery represents a new high for Chianti. But, as he tells Matthew Wilcox, things haven’t always been smooth sailing For a man who has borne the burden of being the public face of Italian wine for

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Wine: Build it and they will come

  Rioja has undergone a make-over. Matthew Wilcox explains why the view isn’t the only thing that is changing Spain, the country that gave us the ‘Bilbao Effect’, knows better than most the transformative effect of architecture. Soon after Frank

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Wine: Build it and they will come

  Rioja has undergone a make-over. Matthew Wilcox explains why the view isn’t the only thing that is changing Spain, the country that gave us the ‘Bilbao Effect’, knows better than most the transformative effect of architecture. Soon after Frank

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Whisky: Rising Suntory

Japanese malt is taking the world by storm. Matthew Wilcox explains why the country’s whisky is no longer lost in translation “Mr Bob-san, imagine you’re relaxing in your study. There’s a bottle of Suntory whisky on the table. Now, with

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Whisky: Rising Suntory

Japanese malt is taking the world by storm. Matthew Wilcox explains why the country’s whisky is no longer lost in translation “Mr Bob-san, imagine you’re relaxing in your study. There’s a bottle of Suntory whisky on the table. Now, with

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Prints: Hiroshi Yoshida

By the late 19th century, Japanese printmaking was the most influential art form in the world. At home, however, it was dying… In 1853, the American Navy ended Japan’s 200-years of isolation. Terrified of colonization by the rapacious Western powers,

Prints: Hiroshi Yoshida

By the late 19th century, Japanese printmaking was the most influential art form in the world. At home, however, it was dying… In 1853, the American Navy ended Japan’s 200-years of isolation. Terrified of colonization by the rapacious Western powers,

Travel: Kyoto

When Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon premiered in 1950, the studio chief stood up halfway through and walked out in disgust. Not only was the film totally incomprehensible, but to add insult to injury, it seemed to contain only a single

Travel: Kyoto

When Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon premiered in 1950, the studio chief stood up halfway through and walked out in disgust. Not only was the film totally incomprehensible, but to add insult to injury, it seemed to contain only a single

Close up with: Hiroshi Nakamura

I spoke to Hiroshi Nakamura about his approach to design and the challenges facing architects today. Nakamura was selected by Kengo Kuma as one of the best emerging architects for Phaidon’s overview of contemporary world architecture, 10 x 10_3. From 1999

Close up with: Hiroshi Nakamura

I spoke to Hiroshi Nakamura about his approach to design and the challenges facing architects today. Nakamura was selected by Kengo Kuma as one of the best emerging architects for Phaidon’s overview of contemporary world architecture, 10 x 10_3. From 1999

Close up with: Motokazu Nakamura

Motokazu Nakamura was selected by Yoshihiro Murata as one of the most significant chefs working today for Coco, Phaidon’s comprehensive book on who to watch in the culinary world. Nakamura has owned the 200-year-old Nakamura restaurant since 2006, having trained

Close up with: Motokazu Nakamura

Motokazu Nakamura was selected by Yoshihiro Murata as one of the most significant chefs working today for Coco, Phaidon’s comprehensive book on who to watch in the culinary world. Nakamura has owned the 200-year-old Nakamura restaurant since 2006, having trained

Wine: Making the list at Bonhams new restaurant

  Bonhams New Bond Street will open a restaurant this autumn with a remarkable wine list. Matthew Wilcox watches Richard Harvey select it “I am not having any pinot grigio on my list,” says Richard Harvey, Bonhams Head of Wine.

Wine: Making the list at Bonhams new restaurant

  Bonhams New Bond Street will open a restaurant this autumn with a remarkable wine list. Matthew Wilcox watches Richard Harvey select it “I am not having any pinot grigio on my list,” says Richard Harvey, Bonhams Head of Wine.

Close up with: Jun Igarashi

Jun Igarashi was chosen by Kengo Kuma as one of the most important young architects working today for Phaidon’s overview of contemporary world architecture, 10 x 10_3. Igarashi runs his own firm in Hokkaido as well as acting as an

Close up with: Jun Igarashi

Jun Igarashi was chosen by Kengo Kuma as one of the most important young architects working today for Phaidon’s overview of contemporary world architecture, 10 x 10_3. Igarashi runs his own firm in Hokkaido as well as acting as an