Japan

Store Guide: Blue Button Shop brings sophisticated Japanese clothing and accesso... Store Guide: Blue Button Shop brings sophisticated Japanese clothing and accessories to Dundas West

Name: Blue Button Shop Sells: Men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, grooming products and home goods Contact info: 1499 Dundas St. W., 647-606-3270, bluebuttonshop.com Hours: Mon–Sa 12–7, Sun 12–5 See it on a map »  Canadian- and Italian-themed boutiques have both already been done, but Blue Button Shop, on Dundas and Dufferin, is Toronto’s first store dedicated to the “Otona” (or “adult”)… Read more »

GALLERY: 10 of the world’s most over-the-top fast foods, in honour of the new ... GALLERY: 10 of the world’s most over-the-top fast foods, in honour of the new Kentucky Chicken Rice

KFC, the culinary innovator that launched the infamous Double Down in 2010, introduced the Kentucky Chicken Rice to Japan this week. Like the Double Down, it’s a sandwich of sorts, with two pieces of fried chicken taking the place of the bread, and a thick rice patty inside, along with ketchup, mayo and cheese. The concoction… Read more »

Ryoji, Toronto’s newest ramen shop and izakaya, is set to open this month Ryoji, Toronto’s newest ramen shop and izakaya, is set to open this month

The mania for non-sushi Japanese food that dominated the restaurant scene last year is continuing into 2013: Ramen and Izakaya Ryoji, an Okinawa, Japan–based chain of izakayas and ramen shops is opening its first international location on College Street. Located a couple streets west of recent Vancouver import Hapa Izakaya, Ryoji is scheduled for a January 15 launch provided it… Read more »

Hapa the latest Vancouver izakaya to migrate eastward Hapa the latest Vancouver izakaya to migrate eastward

Yet more evidence that 2012 truly is the year of the Vancouver Japanese import: Hapa Izakaya announced yesterday that it will open a Toronto location this August, taking over Coco Lezzone’s old Little Italy digs. This follows on the heels, of course, of Guu’s triumphant Toronto takeover of 2009 and Kingyo’s announcement earlier this year of… Read more »

Japanese giant Rakuten to buy Indigo’s majority stake in Kobo for close to $15... Japanese giant Rakuten to buy Indigo’s majority stake in Kobo for close to $150 million

Turns out we aren’t the only ones who love Kobo: news broke yesterday that the e-reader company is soon to be scooped up by Japanese behemoth Rakuten. The e-commerce company, one of the world’s top three by revenue, is buying the Toronto-based company for $315 million; Indigo, the largest shareholder, will see around $140 to $150… Read more »

See, Hear, Read: Three summer arts recommendations from three local experts See, Hear, Read: Three summer arts recommendations from three local experts

The Thing: Desktop globes are making a comeback, this time in monochromatic moti... The Thing: Desktop globes are making a comeback, this time in monochromatic motifs

In the zoomed-in age of Google, with its panoramic street-viewing eye leaving little to the imagination, desktop globes are making a comeback as the nostalgic decor item du jour. But these are not your elemen­tary school models with Crayola-coloured countries—the ones we spun wildly as kids, stopping them with our fingers on far-flung locales where… Read more »

Kissinger versus Ferguson: three things we hope to see at the next Munk Debates Kissinger versus Ferguson: three things we hope to see at the next Munk Debates

It’s interesting—in the “kind of weird” sense of the term—that an academic debate hosted by the University of Toronto garners the attention that it does. Nonetheless, the Munk Debates have somehow managed to make a splash on the international scene (which is exactly the sort of splash Toronto cares about). Whether the subject is the… Read more »

Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and other Toronto artists are banding together... Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and other Toronto artists are banding together for Japan fundraiser

In today’s hype-obsessed mediascape, it’s easy for public attention to bounce from one issue to another. Toronto to Japan, a local collective of artists, musicians, writers, activists and business types, is working to keep Japan’s earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster trifecta in the minds of Canadians. Committed to raising support for disaster relief, the collective is hosting Hope Blossoms… Read more »

The Weekender: Harlem Globetrotters, Bugs Bunny and six more distractions The Weekender: Harlem Globetrotters, Bugs Bunny and six more distractions

1. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS This long-running exhibition team—they celebrate their 85th anniversary this year—may have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves (think ball-handling skills and buckets of confetti), but they play to win. And win they do; according to their records, they’ve lost only 345 of their 25,000-plus games. One can only hope their three-game… Read more »

Toronto’s Patrick Chan skating for more than a medal Toronto’s Patrick Chan skating for more than a medal

Patrick Chan (Image: Queen Yuna) Toronto-based figure skater Patrick Chan is all about making Canadians feel warm and fuzzy. First he gave us heartwarming McDonald’s advertisements, and now he’s skating for a cause. The Canadian champion is set to perform at the Oshawa Skating Club’s Ice Show at the GM Centre on Saturday night, his… Read more »

With Canada’s coins getting lighter, we geekily measured loonies against other... With Canada’s coins getting lighter, we geekily measured loonies against other currencies

The Royal Canadian Mint has weighed in: Canadian dollar and two-dollar coins need to go on a diet. New coins, with a new metal composition, will be released with the next mintage. Canadians, however, don’t have the heaviest pockets in the world—that honour goes to Brits, whose pound coins weigh two grams more than the… Read more »

In the midst of Japan’s nuclear crisis, demand for iodide pills rises near lea... In the midst of Japan’s nuclear crisis, demand for iodide pills rises near leaky Pickering plant

With the news that Japan may be on the brink of a serious nuclear crisis, Ontarians living near the Pickering power plant seem to be increasingly worried about the adverse health effects that come with living near a nuclear reactor. Those fears got an extra boost when it was discovered that the plant leaked tens… Read more »

Joe Fresh’s anticipated New York opening excites tourists, not analysts Joe Fresh’s anticipated New York opening excites tourists, not analysts

Joe Fresh is making the move to New York this fall, but some skeptics suggest that the Mimran dynasty may have to pull back to Canada sooner than anticipated. Analysts seem mixed on the potential success of yet another fast fashion retailer. The Financial Post notes that companies who moved south of the border (among… Read more »

Toronto chefs and Ontario wineries join forces for Japan earthquake relief dinne... Toronto chefs and Ontario wineries join forces for Japan earthquake relief dinner

In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week, a number of Toronto chefs and Ontario wine producers will be joining forces in a fundraiser on Sunday, March 27th, organized by Nobuyo Stadtländer, the business partner and wife of Michael Stadtländer.