Summer 2011

by WIFM
WIFM Summer 2011 Issue
In this issue…
SUMMER 2011: From the Publisher

My Favorite Places

Simon Berry

Challenging Tradition

Pacific Melting Pot

Escape City Heat for Country Cool!

WIFM`s Top 12 Apps for 2011

Japan Gets Jive Motion

Shanghai Surprise

WIFM`s Strategies to Beat Stress

JMEC Business Plan Competition

SUMMER 2011: From the Publisher

by Simon Farrell
To mark the annual exodus of pleasure-seekers from Japan, WIFM entices readers of this issue with an eclectic array of sublime destinations, featuring mountains, beaches, countryside and cities on three continents.  Read more »

My Favorite Places

by Noriko Yamaguchi
BhutanAfter centuries of self-imposed seclusion, the Kingdom of Bhutan started to welcome foreign tourists in 1972, since when the “Land of Illusion” has captivated adventurous travelers.  Read more »

Simon Berry

by WIFM
Simon BerrySimon Berry is the chairman of the UK’s oldest wine merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd that has operated from St. James’s Street, London for more than 310 years. Berry joined the company in 1977, after having worked in France for wine producers including Moët & Chandon in Champagne, Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux, and Prosper Maufoux in Burgundy.  Read more »

Challenging Tradition

by WIFM
Challenging TraditionFabric, Yamamoto once said, “is everything.” This deep interest in textiles is at the heart of his approach to design. Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early 1980s for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized, unfinished, played with ideas of gender or fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire such as felt or neoprene.  Read more »

Pacific Melting Pot

by Robert Gilhooly
Pacific Melting PotToshi Yamaguchi is signaling frantically to a place somewhere behind me that, at a glance, is just an expanse of cobalt blue interrupted by air bubbles rising exuberantly from my diving regulator. Then something emerges from behind a mound of coral—a large, disc-like object with a long tail cruising through the water like a hybrid of the Star Ship Enterprise and Thunderbird 4.  Read more »

Escape City Heat for Country Cool!

by WIFM
Escape City HeatWhy not escape muggy Tokyo this summer for a refreshing and relaxing adventure vacation? Just three hours from Tokyo, at the foot of Nagano’s Northern Japan Alps is the Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba, popular with foreigners and Japanese alike.  Read more »

WIFM`s Top 12 Apps for 2011

by Catherine Shaw
Top Apps 2011With more than 300,000 iPhone applications at your fingertips, finding the best ones can be slightly daunting. The following is a focused selection of tried and tested favorites, in no particular order.  Read more »

Japan Gets Jive Motion

by Julian Ryall
Japan Gets Jive MotionWith a shimmy of the hips and a fancy piece of footwork, the new move is mastered and the student looks delighted at her performance. Around the dance fl oor, a round of spontaneous applause breaks out after other couples also achieve the steps they have been practicing under the careful tutelage of Justin Hollingworth.  Read more »

Shanghai Surprise

by Catherine Shaw
Shanghai SurpriseAfter decades of neglect, Shanghai— renowned as the “Paris of the East” during its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—is experiencing a dramatic revival. At the center of the quest by the bustling metropolis to be one of the world’s greatest cities is the Bund, a mile-long embanked riverfront, lined with grand stone-fronted neo-classical and beaux art buildings.  Read more »