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Welcome to the East! The Asia style currently en vogue combines elements of kawaii or the culture of cuteness with a classical, elegant aesthetic.

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1 TRENDY  Ramen dishes are extremely popular in Japan. Tokyo boasts over 5,000 ramen bars – and they’re rapidly expanding into the West 2 EXPRESSIVE  The album Love Yourself: Tear by the South Korean band BTS merges K-pop and hip-hop. BigHit Entertainment, approx. € 29.50 3 FOR FUN  What look like comic characters are actually face masks. The Face Shop + Kakao Friends, from approx. € 4.25 4 CLASSIC Lamp

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“Andon” is made of rice paper and bamboo. Time & Style, approx. € 685 5 SUSHI SOCKS  The contents of sushi box “Nigirizushi with Salmon and Maki Cucumber” will keep your feet warm! Socks P ­ lace, € 15.99 6 MIKADO  is the name of this sideboard designed by Front. Porro, approx. € 4,680 7 CHARMING  Kimmidolls with personality, from € 21 each 8 PARASOL  “Brelli Clear,” The Brelli, from approx.

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€ 67 9 GIMMICK  Waving cat, Nanoblock, € 10.95 10 KANPAI!  Sake from Kobe, Hakutsuru, from approx. € 14 11 TINY Bonsais are the ultimate in aesthetic garden art. Price range: € 20 to 1.1 million! 12 TWO IN ONE  Nendo with a twist: Chopsticks “Rassen,” Ha­shikura Matsukan, approx. € 17.50 13 BIZARRE  Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Knopf, $ 24 (U.S. release date: October 9, 2018).

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TEXT: UTA ABENDROTH; PHOTOS: © 2018 BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT (1), JOHAN HOLMQUIST (1), TAKUMI OTA (1), SAGE ROSS (1)

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