Japan’s Very Expensive Luxury Fruit

Japan’s Sembikiya stores are anything but regular fruit shops. Full of fruit displayed like luxury handbags or high-end jewelry, these shops sell strawberries, watermelons and more—for up to around $27k. Established in 1834, Sembikiya is famous for its fancy fruit and the reason it’s so expensive is because of the incredible sizes and shapes. From tennis ball-sized strawberries (which sell for about $4.5k) to square …

The Death of Fashion in Harajuku

For 20 years now photographer Shoichi Aoki has documented street fashion in the hyper-stylized Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku. Despite the neighborhood’s small size, its impact on Japanese culture has been expansive—especially in fashion, where it made popular bold, colorful and cartoonish sensibilities. The area and its occupants have changed, however, with mass-market clothing brands dominating. This has led to Aoki’s pronouncement that street-style photography here …

CH Omakase 2016: June Taylor Syrups

Two handmade, small-batch potions for cocktails and cooking

When we first began writing about June Taylor back in 2005, we were almost hesitant to reveal something we loved so much. Taylor, who describes herself as a “seed-to-stem” creator, selects (and sometimes even picks) each piece of organic seasonal fruit and turns them all into an array of delicious products including jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit cheeses, candied peels and syrups. The latter …