A mecca of manga and anime is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Tokyo this spring. Japan’s largest anime chain’s Animate Ikebukoro Flagship Store feted its grand opening on March 16, to the joy of otaku everywhere.
Bitten by the Bike Tour Bug
Girolibero, a Vicenza-based cycling tour company founded in 1998 and now offering leisurely bike and barge tours in northern Italy and nine other countries.
Designer of Dreams: 75 Years of Christian Dior Exhibit Tokyo
A giant of French haute couture fashion has arrived in Tokyo this spring. The Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition celebrates the iconic couturier’s designs and his close ties to Japan.
Whistler’s Most Prominent Hotel Is Reborn
Fresh from a two-phase, multiyear renovation that began during the pandemic, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler revealed its updated 519 guest rooms and suites in December 2022.
The Mid-Century Modern Style of Carlo Scarpa
Carlo Scarpa’s inspiration comes less from antiquity than from his study of Japanese design and a reverence for modern craftsmanship and detail. Three sites in and around Venice demonstrate why this underappreciated architect should be on every design aficionado’s radar.
Queen of the Dolomites
The pedestrian-only main street of Cortina d’Ampezzo is buzzing with tourists, here to breathe the cool mountain air and explore the hikes, via ferratas, and climbing routes around the village. The sheer abundance of alpine adventure opportunities in the area has given Cortina a fitting nickname: Queen of the Dolomites.
A Valley of Stone in Ticino, Switzerland
The 12 villages of the remote Bavona Valley in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino share similar characteristics, but their stone architecture is less representative of that archetypal Swiss style. That’s not the only thing marking them as outliers—this valley of stone exists completely off the grid.
1000 Flowers Perfumery Blooms in Grasse, France
As the perfume capital of the world, Grasse, France, attracts aficionados to luxuriate in its fragrant atmosphere and history. British Columbia native Jessica Buchanan is one of them.