Mini Moke

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Designed by Hong Kong-based designer Michael Young, Mini Moke is a modern remake of the 1964 British Motor Corporation Moke. Originally introduced as a sister vehicle to the classic Austin Mini, the Moke achieved success as a low-cost utility vehicle over its 60-year production. Approached by Moke International, Michael Young, a Moke enthusiast himself was asked to help bring the iconic car back on the market. “I had recently rebuilt a Moke from the ground up out of old parts so I was fully aware

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Smart USA + Somarta

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Smart USA, microcar automotive brand of Daimler AG has teamed up with Japanese fashion brand, Somarta for a customized car wrap. Presented during the Shibuya Fashion Festival, Smart’s Fortwo model was featured in Somarta’s spring/summer 2012 collection theme “Thunderbird.” Images courtesy of Link

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Hawaiian Airlines Begins Direct Flights to Sapporo

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Beginning October 30, 2012, Hawaiian Airlines have started direct service between Honolulu’s International Airport (HNL) and Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport (CTS). Sapporo will be the fourth direct service to Japan that Hawaiian Airlines has introduced over the past two years and restores a 9-year service absence between the two cities following other carriers discontinuation. “We are delighted to be restoring the convenience of nonstop service to Hawaii for travelers in Hokkaido and look forward to increasing numbers of visitors from the region to our island

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Rolls Royce “One Thousand and One Nights”

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Unveiling at this month’s Sharjah International Auto Show, British automaker Rolls Royce will be launching a limited edition series of Ghost sedans exclusive to the Middle Eastern market. Called the “One Thousand and One Nights” Bespoke Ghost Collection, the line of automobiles is based on the literary classic known to the West as Arabian Nights. Each Ghost sedan features a warm two-tone exterior (matte brown and caramel), hand-painted light gray pinstriping and Arabic inscriptions from Rolls Royce’s Bespoke department. The interior is swathed in light

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Amazon.com + BAPE

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American online retailer, Amazon.com has teamed up with A Bathing Ape (BAPE), Japanese streetwear manufacturer in promotion of Amazon Japan’s (Amazon.co.jp) market. The collaboration features a limited edition shirt featuring Amazon’s signature smiling arrow logo and BAPE’s Millo character. Available for purchase through Amazon.co.jp for ¥6,090 ($76 USD). Link

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Lite Lite

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Lite Lite by Japan-based design duo mi-ri meter is a folding flashlight inspired by the Japanese art of origami. Assembled from a single piece of paper, the Lite Lite is folded into a square shaped flashlight where an LED bulb powered by a built-in single cell battery is placed at one end. The light turns on by simply grasping the flashlight body. Available for purchase through Rakuten online retailer for 1,000 Yen ($13 USD). Link

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Incase Origami Jacket

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California-based case manufacturer, Incase recently updated its line of multifunctional protective solutions for the Apple iPad. Inspired by the Japanese art of folding paper, the Origami Jacket is one of the brand’s latest additions. Featuring a uniquely designed hardshell case, the Origami Jacket combines the on-the-go protection with the functionality of a viewing stand. When on the go, the sleeve provides a durable streamlined protection and when using the device, the sleeve can fold out in six different configurations to hold the iPad horizontally and

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Timberland Radler Trail Camp

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Radler Trail Camp by outdoors footwear and apparel manufacturer, Timberland is an innovative collapsible hiking shoe inspired by the Japanese art of origami. Constructed from lightweight breathable and water-repellant nylon, durable 42% recycled Timberland’s trademarked Green Rubber lug outsoles and fleece-lined interior, Timberland offers the perfect essential for a backpacking trip, camping or simply just going green. The unisex shoe can be folded and zipped completely into itself, minimizing the space in a pack for those trying to travel light. Available for $65 through Timberland

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Apple Coming to Beijing

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California-based, Apple Inc. is set to open its third flagship retail store in Beijing, China by the end of the week. Opening October 20, 2012 (9:00 am), the store will be located in the historic Wangfujing street in Beijing’s Deongcheng District. The store will be Apple’s largest in Asia, covering four-stories of retail space positioned at the corner of the Beijing apm department store. Publications on the website speculates that the store’s grand opening could coincide with the Chinese launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, however Apple

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Manga Camera

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Manga Camera by Japan-based SuperSoftware co., Ltd. transforms regular photos into manga-style comics. Downloaded an incredible one million times within the first 24 hours of its release, the iPhone application superimposes manga text and frame graphics onto photographs that are transformed into authentic-looking black and white drawn characters. “As well as converting the natural lines, lights and darks from an ordinary photo image, Manga Camera gives users the option to add additional graphics, tag-lines or onomatopoetic lines, an essential part of both manga and the

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