Life in Edo Ukiyo-e Exhibition in Singapore

Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto, is presented in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong. The double-bill exhibition is centred on Japanese culture and craftsmanship, showcasing an array of woodblock prints and photography. These artworks tell stories of traditional and contemporary Japan, and reveal how one often merges into the other. The exhibition is presented in two parts, each spotlighting a different time period and multiple aspects of life in Japan: Life in Edo Discover everyday activities of the Edo period (1603–1868) in Life in Edo – a showcase of woodblock prints and paintings which have come to be called “ukiyo-e” (pictures of the floating world). Subjects include people’s travels, ideas on beauty, foods they craved, entertainments,

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3 New Omakase Restaurants in Singapore

IN AN ERA WHERE TRAVEL IS CURTAILED, Singapore’s fine-dining establishments are making a roaring trade, especially Japanese omakase restaurants. This phenomenon is not surprising, considering that Expedia’s 2021 Travel Trends Report put Tokyo as the second most searched-for travel destination for Singaporeans in 2021 (the first being the local choice of the Lion City, of course). In the past year, at least six new omakase restaurants have either opened or reopened in new premises — from quaint shophouse hot spots to swanky five-star hotels. Thinking of snagging a seat at one next week? You should have made that reservation at least two months ago. At this level, some standards are a given: fresh seasonal ingredients flown in several times a

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Inside The New Biophilic Hotel Designs

THE FIRST THING THAT GREETS YOU AS YOU STEP through the front door of the new ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay is the 13-meter-high vertical garden. Designed to imitate a classic Chinese landscape painting, silver planters signify mountains, plants verdant forests, and dangling, sculpted lights represent the cloudy sky. The ‘Green Wall,’ as it’s known by the staff, is also a clear statement of what to expect from the rest of this hotel, which has firmly embraced biophilic design — the concept of bringing the outside inside to better connect people with nature — throughout its public areas. Concierge wall. Courtesy of ParkRoyal Nowhere is this more evident than on the fourth floor where a sky bridge offers up a bird’s-eye

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Best Restaurants in Singapore to Celebrate The Ox Year

Bullish Chinese New Year meals to celebrate the Year of the Ox The Chinese New Year celebrations are traditionally grand gourmet affairs where diet resolutions are momentarily suspended for 15 days. While we can’t have multiple tables and boisterous lo heis (mask on and quiet well-wishing please, the restaurants would constantly remind us), at least we can now dine in a group of eight here in Singapore. And restaurants are pulling out the stops to make sure that your meals are as auspicious and memorable as possible. We sieve the gems from the menus – stuffing ourselves at some – and pick out 10 of the most fantastic feasts and where to find them. CHERRY GARDEN, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SINGAPORE The

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Celebrate Festive Season With Fireworks At Sea

Dream Cruises’ World Dream cruise ship ushers in the year of ‘Ox’ with a treasure trove of Lunar New Year delights for the whole family. The range of activities include fireworks at sea and laser show, spring-themed festive activities and culinary creations all in one place. With international travel for Singaporeans still restricted, this seacation is a real escape for all, allowing for rich entertainment and exceptional family bonding time during the upcoming holiday season. “Dream Cruises is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a host of fun and exciting activities on board World Dream to provide Singapore residents with myriad entertaining options before, during and after the holidays for the ultimate Super Seacation experience. With the COVID-19 situation curtailing

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What to expect at the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Singapore

If you are in Singapore, you need not travel to a galaxy far, far away to get up close and personal with the original costumes, props and artefacts from the hallowed and beloved Star Wars film series. After travelling the world for more than eight years (after its 2012 inception in Montreal, Quebec), Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has finally landed at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, marking the 12th and final stop of its global tour. It’ll run from Saturday (Jan 30) till Jun 13. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition (Photo: Genevieve Loh) Showcasing over 200 original costumes, props, models and pieces of conceptual artwork from the extensive Lucas Museum of Narrative Art archive, the exhibition focuses on the first six films in

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Singapore is Reopening to Tourists From Four Countries

Imagine the Insta-bait Jewel at Changi waterfall completely devoid of photobombers, and you’ll get a sense of how the novel coronavirus has dried up tourism in the Lion City. Pre-pandemic, the ultra-modern airport that’s the reigning best in the world as voted by T+L readers accounted for more than five percent of the country’s GDP and employed 192,000 people; now it’s part of a national transport and storage industry that shrank 80 percent in the second quarter of this year from last. Little surprise then that, in a bid to get the taps flowing again, Singapore is reopening unilaterally to visitors from Vietnam and Australia (excluding Victoria state) this week. As of October 8, these two countries will join New

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