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Chief Operating Officer

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Abby Mcintire

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Emma Ungaro

Benjamin M. Ellis

Joseph E. Jurewircz

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Editorial Contributors

Kristen Shirley >> Emma Reynolds >> Sam Heughan >> Cindy Crawford >> Irina Shayk Brandon Wood >> Meredith Jayme >> Roberta Naas >> Adrian Curiel >> Erika Henderson Photography Contributors

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Contributors Guest Editors

Cindy Crawford

One of the most iconic supermodels of all time, Cindy Crawford has starred in runway shows and ad campaigns and has been featured on countless magazine covers since the 1980s. With an incredible modeling career under her belt, Crawford has expanded into acting and the beauty industry, founding Meaningful Beauty in 2004. She gives a sneak peek into her long-standing friendship with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in this issue.

Sam Heughan Scottish actor, producer, and business owner Sam Heughan is known for starring in the Outlander series as Jamie Fraser. A lover of adventure and new experiences, Sam launched his spirits brand Sassenach in 2020 and has since expanded from whisky to tequila. Get to know Sam and his incredible company in this issue.

Irina Shayk

Supermodel and Actress Irina Shayk is an industry icon, and the first Russian model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Known for appearing in campaigns for numerous high fashion brands, Shayk made her acting debut in Hercules in 2014. Dedicated to philanthropy and a lover of travel, Shayk shares her Santorini style favorites in this issue.



Roberta Naas Writer

Brandon Wood Editor

Meredith Jayme Editor

Braedon Flynn Photographer

A veteran in her field, Roberta has written about watches for nearly four decades, and, when she began her career in the 1980s, she was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She has written six books on watches; runs her own blog, A Timely Perspective; and contributes to several prestigious publications, including Forbes. She is always traveling the globe and learning about new innovations and trends in the world of timepieces, and she shares her insights into the fascinating art of urushi lacquer in this issue.

Brandon is a Philadelphia-based watch collector who works for WatchBox, a global leader in pre-owned timepieces. He is an editor and a writer specializing in independent, high-horology watch brands. When he’s not in the office, Brandon enjoys traveling abroad to meet with fellow collectors, as well as attending watch events globally.

Meredith is a New York-based editor and writer who covers women’s fashion and jewelry. She was formerly Associate Accessories Editor at W Magazine and is now Content Director at Lindsey Scoggins Studio. When she’s not writing, she is an avid equestrian and volunteers for the New York City Riding Academy. She lends her expertise to the inaugural issue of Nobu Magazine and highlights the latest jewelry and women’s fashion trends.

With a strong belief in relationships and a connection to the people he is shooting, Braedon is well known for his ability to draw authenticity from his subjects. A top contributor to NOBLEMAN Magazine, our sister publication, Braedon has shot some of the magazines most popular and iconic editorials to date. And now, with this inaugural issue of Nobu Hotels Magazine, he can add Nobu Ryokan Malibu and the lovely Keni Silva to his ever growing list of lovable talent and celebs.

Erika Henderson Hair and Make Up Artist

Adrian Curiel Stylist

Emma Reynolds Writer

Kristen Shirley Writer

Based in Orange County, Erika is a sought after hair & make-up artist with fourteen years experience in the industry. Utilizing color and shape to amplify natural and inner beauty, she credits her inspiration and innovation to her Creator. As a wife and mother of four, she believes that joy is contagious, and makes a point to infuse joyfulness into all she puts her hands to.

Founder and CEO of style AF out of Newport Beach, California, Adrian has a passion to style. At 19 years old, Adrian styled Asian royalty at Escada. Since a child, his mother would ask him what dress looked better, this trust lead Adrian to dress women and make them feel beautiful around the world. Adrian’s creative and fun energy makes styling a breeze. Sit back relax and let Adrian make you look your best.

Emma is a New York-based luxury lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, Business Insider, Robb Report, Barron’s Penta, Mansion Global, and Luxury Tribune. She covers all facets of luxury, including travel, design, private aviation, real estate, spirits, and jewelry. She was previously an associate editor at Elite Traveler, where she covered exclusive lifestyle content for print and digital.

A New York-based luxury expert who specializes in travel, fashion, fine watches, jewelry, and wine and spirits, Kristen is a prolific writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Departures, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Luxury Tribune, and Editorialist. Previously, she was Luxury Editorial Director at Elite Traveler, where she led the print and digital teams. She began her career at ELLE magazine in the fashion department, where she became the right-hand woman to some of the most iconic publishing industry veterans.


In 1987,


I opened my first restaurant with the goal of sharing my love of good food with the world. Thirty-five incredible years later, the Nobu family has grown into an extraordinary group of people connected by our shared passions and friendship, and I am so excited to share a new side of our company with all of you. This journey has been amazing and unexpected, and we have learned so much over the years. Through it all, my philosophy has always been the same: balance good food and good service. This foundation worked for our restaurants, and it worked for our hotels, and it represents who we are as a team. We love giving people the gift of an enjoyable time and a great meal and have been lucky enough to inspire incredible supporters over the years.

In my food, I focus on simple, traditional, clean ingredients, and that concept remains the same in our hotels. I’ve always focused on what’s in front of me and worked to perfect what I have instead of dreaming of bigger things, a mindset that allowed me to build something I am truly proud of. We work hard to make sure everyone’s happiness is a top priority in all our ventures, among our customers as well as our staff. I believe that a happy company is the most successful, and the Nobu team has always been more than a company — it’s a family. In the years since we started, so many of our staff have grown alongside us, some even going on to open their own restaurants. It has been such an amazing experience, and as much as our group grows, we continue to work together as friends and support each other as one big family. We appreciate quality, tradition, and simple pleasures, and I have been lucky enough to spend the past 35 years introducing our philosophy to everyone who enters our doors. This magazine represents our opportunity to open the world of Nobu to you. We hope to create a taste of our beloved company to share with the world and with the people who have supported us throughout this crazy journey. I am so grateful for the chance to welcome you to our Nobu family and invite you to join us in our next chapter.


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Table of Contents





Nobu News



IN the KNOW our guide to everything new and newsworthy


Nobu Hotel Chicago: On Location




Keeping the Traditional Craft of Kintsugi Alive


Nobu & Me: Cindy Crawford

Table of Contents


A Cut Above the Rest


Luxury in the sky


Crafting the way


The Art of Urushi


Nobu Events








Malibu on my mind


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& Me

love at first bite Those in the know order "Cindy Rice" Because I grew up in a small town outside Chicago, I never had Japanese food until I spent two months modeling in Tokyo when I was 17. Everything was so foreign to me, and I didn’t know what to order or how to use chopsticks. Later, when I moved to New York and then to Los Angeles, I discovered my love of sushi — but I dunked everything in a ton of wasabi-filled soy sauce. I first went to Matsuhisa in the late ’80s. I remember being introduced to so many new tastes — like new style sashimi and toro tuna tartare — everything was so subtle and delicious. And I loved when Nobu would come out of the kitchen to say hi and make special dishes. Over the years I met his wife, Yoko, and his daughter, Junko. They always treated me like extended family, and I think they loved how much I loved the food. Often when I would be on a photo shoot, I would request having someone pick up Matsuhisa for lunch. Even though everything always tasted amazing, I discovered that some of the dishes traveled better than others. Nobu started making a special dish that he christened “Cindy Rice.” It traveled well and was delicious. Only later did I find out the dish is actually called kakiage, but people in the know can order “Cindy Rice.” I always felt extra special having my own dish at Nobu! We ended up living in Malibu, and eating Nobu’s delicious food as our weekly sushi spot has completely spoiled us!

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our guide to everything new and newsworthy



StudioX PCH


By Emma Ungaro

Principal owner Severine Tatangelo founded Studio PCH as a small fourperson company. With two incredible successes in ground-up projects in Malibu, CA, the Venice-based company quickly grew to become a strong collective of like-minded artists dedicated to cultivating a shared love of design. Committed to bringing the characteristics of home to a commercial space, the buildings Studio PCH creates are carefully designed to combine comfort, ease, and tasteful design. Working together with the Nobu team, Studio PCH designed the Nobu restaurant and interior of the magnificent Nobu Hotel Los Cabos Resort. A perfect blend of Japanese and Mexican design, this incredible hotel located on the Pacific Ocean is truly magical. The exterior of the resort is walled in rough stone to evoke the natural elements of Cabo’s landscape. As guests walk through the hotel, you transition from outdoor to indoor spaces seamlessly, journeying from stone to warm woods. Smooth, luxe textures introduce teak and ipe, while sleek Japanese design elements are represented in the clean lines of custom furniture pieces. Details like shoji-inspired closet doors, wood soaking tubs, and Japanese lanterns bring a sensual feel to the space, with tranquility and luxury at the forefront of the experience. A play of sun versus shade throughout the incredible space introduces a playful aspect to the serene interior and exterior. Masterfully balancing Japanese and Mexican design elements, the essence of Cabo style is interwoven throughout the resort with the use of geometric art pieces, vibrant color, and rounded edges juxtaposing rough textures. Simple materials and raw elements come together to create a space equally beautiful as it is comfortable, a place where guests can feel both relaxed and inspired in every space they enter. An award-winning company for good reason, Studio PCH filled a niche not yet mastered by anyone else in the field, the ability to bring the feeling of home to the spaces they create. This talented group brought their love of tasteful utility and simple luxury to the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos Resort, and you can feel it in every aspect of the impeccable space.

TR3 Racing is a Driving Force By Emma Ungaro

High-performance premier racing team TR3 Racing is a family-owned business that also specializes in aftermarket modifications for exotic cars. It was founded in 2012 by three brothers, Arthur, Oliver, and Gregory Romanelli, who harnessed their personal enthusiasm for the sport to drive the creation of their own team and shop, striving for the caliber of excellence they themselves sought out in the marketplace. This family-forward business model provided the foundation for the now long-standing relationship with the Nobu brand. Based in South Florida, TR3’s team competes throughout the United States in partnership with Lamborghini. With a rapid rise in fame due to their impressive number of wins, this premier racing team definitely has a bright future ahead of them. With Nobu’s family-like approach to the company, TR3 Racing’s similar values brought the two together to create the ideal partnership. Since then, TR3 Racing has worked with Nobu Hotels at its Chicago and Palo Alto locations. Decorating their incredible vehicles with Nobu logos, the eye-catching cars were stationed outside the Nobu Hotels locations before races in seasons past. With experience as mechanics, engineers, and racers, the Romanelli brothers have dedicated themselves to establishing TR3 Racing as a major competitor in all aspects of race team management. Not only is this company admirable in its dedication to family, but its impressive growth in such a short time is a testament to the talent, determination, and genuine love of the sport that the three brothers share. The TR3 Racing team is definitely one to watch this season.




Off Taking Magellan Jets Debuts a Wellness Jet by Kristen Shirley

Chartering a private jet for your next Nobu Hotel getaway? Magellan Jets takes wellness to the skies with its new partnership with Botanika Life. Clients can enjoy the offerings on a variety of jets, ranging from light to heavy, and de-stress while they travel to their next destination. The trip begins with a mocktail created by one of Serafina’s esteemed bartenders, along with a goody bag full of Botanika Life’s treats. There’s a mini pain-relief roller that can work out muscular tension and the Jet Pack with two spray bottles, one for sleep and one to boost the immune system. It also includes the signature Elite Elixir, which is so clean that you can use it as a hydrating skin serum or as an under-the-tongue drop to calm anxiety. Once you take off, you’ll enjoy a specially curated menu crafted just for you. During the flight, the entire party can indulge in an onboard sports massage from a talented massage therapist, who will use the products to aid in relaxation. So, whether you’re heading on a tropical vacation or a business trip, you’re sure to arrive even more refreshed than when you departed — a rarity in travel these days.


’Tis the Sea-Sun

Summer months are on the horizon, and for many of us, that brings the perfect excuse to get out on the ocean, traveling abroad to faraway lands and exotic destinations. When packing for such getaways, I often find myself trying to decide what watches I should bring along to fit with the theme or vibe of the occasion. For your pleasure, Nobu has curated an exquisite collection of beautifully crafted timepieces that flawlessly complement some of the most prestigious oceangoing vessels available. Pair these timepieces with the world of yachting for unmatched quality and craftsmanship on both sea and land.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26579CE + 94-meter Feadship “Viva” 41mm diameter black ceramic case and bracelet, perpetual calendar, moonphase, slate grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial, 20m water-resistant.


Patek Philippe Ref. 4947/1A Annual Calendar + 65-meter Baglietto in stainless steel with blue vertical and horizontal satin-finish dial, gold applied numerals, and a mechanical, self-winding movement.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon 6000V/110A-8544 + Sunseeker Predator 95 42.5mm stainless steel case and integrated bracelet, tourbillon, 50m water-resistant.



Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519LN + Pershing 140 18K white gold case, chronograph, Oysterflex strap, 100m water-resistant.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph “Funky Blue” 6902-1201 + 58-meter Ed Dubois Sailing Yacht (like the Ngoni) 42.3mm stainless steel case and integrated bracelet, Funky Blue fume dial, Flyback Chronograph, 120m water-resistant.

Richard Mille RM67-02 Extra Flat “Sebastien Ogier” + 118 WallyPower 38.7mm x 47.52mm of carbon TPT & quartz TPT (composite material), 30m water-resistant.



Yayoi Kusama

Returns to Washington, D.C.’s


Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, the ‘Princess of Polka Dots,’ has returned to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. When you are in town dining at Nobu Washington D.C., check out the second exhibition devoted to the artist, “One With Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection,”. A long time coming, the pandemic imposed a two-year delay to the massively successful Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. In 2017 it helped break attendance records to the campus, with more than 160,000 visitors. Five years after her first exhibition there, Kusama’s loyal fans will be pleased to know the latest one will feature all five Kusama artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, plus two new Infinity Mirror Rooms that the museum recently acquired. The exhibition will also explore the artist’s seven-decade career and include sculptures, an early painting, and photographs of the artist. The Hirshhorn has been collecting Kusama’s works since 1996. The multidisciplinary artist works in a variety of mediums, from installations and performances to paintings and sculptures. People have long been fascinated by Kusama’s immersive, mind-bending Infinity Mirror Rooms, not just for their Instagram-friendly appeal, but for their optical illusions and ability to heighten senses. Since 1965, she has created 20 Infinity Mirror Rooms with various themes, colors, objects, and inspiration, with the uniting theme of eternity. The mirrors create the illusion of endlessly recurring spaces and the objects within them and seem to bend time and space. Kusama’s breakthrough Infinity Mirror Room, “Phalli’s Field” (1965/2017), is in the Hirshhorn’s collection and in the show. New additions to the Hirshhorn this year include one of her most recent Infinity Mirror Rooms, “My Heart Is Dancing Into the Universe” (2018). The nonagenarian’s kaleidoscopic environments celebrate life, death, and possibility, among other themes. The 93-year-old artist is also known for her extensive use of multicolored polka dots, which she first saw in hallucinations as a child resulting from psychological distress. She incorporates polka dots on her famous Pumpkin sculptures, within her Infinity Mirror Rooms, and on canvas. Kusama says each dot was a way for her to “obliterate” her mental trauma. Infinity is also a theme in her work, and she has stated that “polka dots are a way to infinity.” She likens polka dots to the cosmos and the stars. She once remarked, “With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe. Pursuing philosophy of the universe through art under such circumstances has led me to what I call stereotypical repetition.” Her work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. She has collaborated with Champagne brand Veuve Clicquot to reinterpret the bottle of its premium cuvée La Grande Dame, as well as with Louis Vuitton. “One With Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” runs through November 27, 2022.



Sake is the perfect pairing for many cuisines, especially food from its native Japan, so it’s no surprise that finding the perfect sake was top of mind for Chef Nobu. To offer just the right flavors, Chef Nobu looked to a boutique, family-run sake company, Hokusetsu Brewery on Sado Island, which is known for its unique flavors due to the cool climate and its ultra-local sourcing. He first discovered this rare sake when a friend brought a bottle to Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills and he enjoyed it so much that he secured the exclusive rights to sell it in the US. Marcus Voglrieder, Corporate Beverage Director of Nobu Restaurant Group, says, “The harsh winters of Sado give the sake a characteristic that allows them to be paired with a variety of dishes.” There are several different types of Hokusetsu sake available, and Voglrieder notes that “sake is actually the most pairable beverage that we offer…. There is no wrong sake pairing when you come to Nobu.”

Sake & Sushi

Sake has many different flavor profiles, so it’s a wonderful drink worth exploring until you find your favorite. Sake ranges from light and crisp with floral notes to full-bodied and complex. There’s even sparkling sake, should you be celebrating. Among Voglrieder’s favorite pairings is the White Fish Dry Miso with Junmai Gingo 71. “The slight fruity notes of the sake are amplified and balanced with the sweet and smoky dry miso crumble,” he says. “When looking for something with a more sophisticated flavor, I go to the Toro Tar Tar and pair it with the luxurious texture and slight tropical notes of YK35.”

A Match Made in Japan

With so much variety, we recommend talking to your sommelier for recommendations based on your favorite flavors and the menu you are enjoying. Most of the sakes are available by the glass, so you can mix and match based on the different courses. Voglrieder says, “We are here to guide you through the flavors to find the best fit for your experience. Kanpai!”

by Kristen Shirley



w o l l e Y Hello


bracelet in 18K white and yellow gold with 83.29 carats yellow and white diamond. Price on request -

Van Cleef & Arpels

sparkle earrings in 18K white and yellow gold with white and yellow diamonds.


Price on request -

In Japan, the color yellow is one of courage. Anything but ordinary, a yellow diamond adds a pop of color and feels fresh. This season, bring sunshine anywhere you go with a yellow diamond cocktail ring, drop earrings, or a showstopping necklace in a citrus hue. These jewels are sure to catch the light — and just the right kind of attention. Ranging from fancy light to fancy dark, and fancy intense to fancy vivid, yellow diamonds receive their coloring from the specific amount of nitrogen present in each one. When paired with white diamonds, they have an even more dazzling effect. Try these on for size: our perfect pairings to complement a trip to any Nobu Hotel around the globe.

Harry Winston

Princess necklace in 18K yellow gold and platinum with 94.98 carats white diamond and 42.28 carats yellow diamond. Price on request -

Tiffany & Co.

earrings in platinum and 18K yellow gold with over 7 carats cushion-cut fancy intense yellow diamond and white diamond. $95,000 -



high-jewelry ring in 18K white and yellow Fairmined gold with 7.04 carats fancy yellow diamond, 4.36 carats white diamond, and .75 carats yellow diamond. Price on request -


earrings in 18K gold with 2.58 carats fancy intense yellow diamond and white diamond. Price on request -

Messika Paris

Voltige Trapezistes high-jewelry ring in 18K white gold with 10.19 carats yellow diamond and 2.75 carats white diamond. Price on request -


Heliconia necklace with 6.46 carats vivid yellow diamond. $1,710,000 -


high-jewelry brooch in 18K white gold, available by appointment only at select Cartier boutiques nationwide. Price on request -



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WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO NOBU HOTEL IBIZA “Bright and fun, but also classy, these pieces are perfect for the beach.”

“My Sassenach Select El Tequileno Double Wood Reposado is perfect for a party or to sip at sundown by a cozy bonfire.”

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Where to next on your travel bucket list? I, for one, recommend Ibiza — there’s something here for everyone. Part of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is well known for its lively nightlife. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats, and beaches lined with hotels, bars, and shops. If a quieter pace is more your style, check out the Islands’ sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast. Just remember — when packing your bags to head off to this far-flung destination, don’t forget these ultimate jet-setting travel essentials. Or your passport!

Sassenach Select El Tequileno Double Wood Reposado

“You always have to smell nice on vacation!” Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Love Pour Homme


“Always have a pair of aviators. This classic style is always a great option and a universally flattering fit.”


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“I don’t love flip-flops, so for me it’s either bare feet or a good sneaker. I love these white leather ones — they look equally good poolside or in the club.”

“This classic piece is a practical carry case. Every real gentleman needs a good bag.”

Dunhill Cigar Lighter and Cutter

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“A post-party cigar is a special treat while the sun goes down.”

“I always hire a motorbike to get around while on vacation. They’re functional, safe, and super classic. Don’t forget to wear a helmet!”

“Biking is a great way to stay fit on vacation while exploring seaside towns and beaches.” Colnago Road Bicycle


Dreamy Santorini Alo Magnesium Reset Spray

What to bring on your trip to Nobu’s Newest Hotel in Greece Guest Edited by Irina Shayk

Formed by a massive volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, Santorini is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. It offers a unique blend of historical richness, natural beauty, and modern architecture. These islands are a magical escape for any jet-setter — explore the iconic black-and-red sand beaches and extraordinary archaeological sites. To make sure your getaway is perfection (as it should be!), bring these essential Santorini staples.


“A halterneck bikini edged with Burberry’s iconic archival vintage check is perfect for the beach or aboard a yacht.”

“This spray is perfect for blissed-out sleep and resetting muscles.”

Burberry Sunglasses

“A square frame flatters the face.”

Burberry Bikini

Nicole Caroline 4-in-1 Radio Frequency Device

“This at-home device is great for tightening, toning, lifting, and giving a professional face massage. And yes, you can bring it on vacation!”


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“This shortsleeve Burberry Monogram Motif Cotton Dress is perfect for vacation.”


“I love these Italian-crafted sandals accented with a gold-plated Thomas Burberry Monogram.”

“Hydration is important. That’s why I bring Eternal Water with me everywhere. During its natural filtration process, the water absorbs essential minerals, making it naturally alkaline.”


“A good tote is a beachday essential, and this one is crafted from a woven seagrass material.”


“This is the perfect moisturizer and provides daily hydration without congestion. I won’t go anywhere without it!”

“I love this coconut oil, shea butter, apricot, and essential oil blend!”

“Much more than simple principles and platitudes, this book takes readers on a spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self.”

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle



Taking a trip somewhere soon? These beloved skin-care products from Natura Bissé, Shiseido, Clé de Peau, Tatcha, and Amorepacific are the perfect travel companions that will keep you looking fresh wherever you end up. And don’t forget — it’s not the destination, but the journey. Bon voyage!



Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Cream

Natura Bissé Stabilizing Cleansing Mask

This ultimate anti-aging treatment for dry skin is the ideal formula to deeply hydrate and promote elasticity in one fell swoop. Infused with the incredible Proteoglycan-Derma Complex to increase collagen production, skin regeneration, and density, this cream is formulated specifically for maturing skin to have you feeling firmer and more radiant than ever. Fortified with vitamins C, E, and F to protect and revitalize your skin, plus isoflavones that counteract the effect of hormonal fluctuations, this intensive cream is a true miracle worker. Deeply hydrate, sculpt, and protect your skin with one essential product — this cream is sure to revamp your skin care with ease.

From four-time winner of the World’s Best Spa Brand, this cleansing mask can be used as both a daily cleanser or a weekly mask, depending on your unique skin type. Designed for oily, acne-prone skin, the mask deeply cleanses the skin by preventing the proliferation of bacteria and controlling overactive sebaceous glands. With such ingredients as willow bark extract and pure salicylic acid, this unique product stimulates cell turnover and incorporates antibacterial support without drying the skin. Unclog your pores and leave your skin feeling clean and soft, thanks to added menthol and aloe vera. This mask can be used daily for oily skin types or as a weekly purifying treatment for those with drier skin. If you’ve ever felt like your skin deserves a deepclean reset, indulge in this cleansing mask to purify and re-stabilize your skin — you deserve it.



Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick If there’s anything we know about skin care, it’s that sunscreen is non-negotiable. And, luckily for us, the days of the thick, pre-pool lather are long gone. This clear sunscreen stick by Shiseido is almost too easy to use, with a formula that works both under and over your makeup. Protect your skin with the invisible SPF of 50 without sacrificing your makeup routine. This hydrating formula is equipped with Heatforce technology that activates a protective veil in the heat of the sun. It’s the ideal product for on-the-go sun protection — toss this stick in your purse and keep your skin radiant, healthy, and perfectly protected. $29,

AmorePacific Time Response Eye Reserve Cream

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

This award-winning green-tea eye cream from Amorepacific is fortified with an impressive cocktail of antioxidants and amino acids to have you looking awake and youthful, even on days when you’re running on nothing but coffee. A firming eye cream with hydrating and anti-aging properties, this velvety product visibly blurs wrinkles and fine lines to brighten your appearance while protecting your skin. Boasting the gamechanging AbsoluTea, the world’s first skin-care-focused green tea, this formula contains a potent elixir of vitality — just a small amount in the morning and evening will have you looking brighter than ever.

A cult favorite for a reason: This eyelash curler has earned its status as best-in-class with an impeccable design producing a glamorous curl that lasts all day. The broad curve curls lashes from the inner to outer corners without fear of pinching, thanks to an edge-free design. Silicon pads protect the lashes while lifting your eye. With its unparalleled quality, this standout curler works on lashes of all shapes and lengths and will leave you looking refreshed and glamorous. You’ll never want another curler again.




Clé de Peau The Serum The essential product from one of Japan’s top cosmetics lines, this luxe hydrating serum primes skin for absorption of skin care while providing rich moisture and strengthening properties to leave you feeling radiant and restored. Stocked with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Kelplex, and Platinum Golden Silk, this product will moisturize, enhance, and smooth your skin to have you glowing like never before. Incorporate this serum into your daily routine to soften and smooth your skin while supporting the efficacy and absorption of your other skin-care treatments. We guarantee you’ll notice a difference. $190,

Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask Waking up to soft, buttery lips? Yes, please. This incredible formula by Tatcha leaves lips feeling restored and hydrated, even during cold winter months. This jelly treatment is packed with luxurious ingredients, including squalane and Japanese peach, a symbol of femininity and longevity. Our secret is using it as a lip gloss — a hack that will give you a juicy pout for your night out and perfectly refreshed lips the next morning. What could be better? $28,

AmorePacific Vintage Single Extract Essence – Green Tea Essence This powerful anti-aging elixir is crafted with green tea powered by a 100-day fermentation process and a 24-hour extraction method to harness its full potency. By improving the skin’s antioxidant level by 5.9 times, this incredible formula delivers visible enhancements to vibrancy and tone. Not only does this antioxidant-charged toner hydrate and firm the skin, it’s also easy to incorporate into your daily routine without disrupting other active ingredients in your skin-care regimen. Perfect for all skin types, the carefully crafted ingredient list is streamlined to avoid irritants and provide maximum benefits.

Tatcha The Water Cream Lightweight and incredibly hydrating, this Tatcha moisturizer is the perfect product for oily skin types, leaving your skin bouncy and refreshed without weighing it down. An oil-free formula fortified with red algae, green tea, and wild rose, this clarifying water cream promotes balanced skin and healthy aging. The gentle Japanese botanicals combined with clinical ingredients like Hadasei-3 Complex come together to create a daily moisturizer that works in harmony with your skin to provide lightweight hydration and pore refinement. This will definitely be your new go-to cream.




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Alive WORDS by Emma Reynolds



mbracing flaws and transforming them into art: That’s what the centuries-old Japanese craft of kintsugi represents. Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery by using urushi lacquer, or Japanese lacquer, which dates back 9,000 years.

“It’s hard to stand fighting alone to keep historic traditions alive,” he says. “It’s not just historic and beautiful, but it’s good to know the restoration method because it calms your mind and might make your life better or easier.”

Kintsugi is said to have started in the 15th century when a Japanese shogun, or military ruler, broke his favorite tea bowl and got it repaired. The craft was born out of the Japanese philosophies of mottainai, the feeling of regret when something is wasted, and mushin, the acceptance of change. However, kintsugi is so much more than a way to repair and reuse your décor, art, or kitchenware. It has become a Japanese art principle and philosophy that teaches people to embrace flaws, imperfections, failure, and the unexpected — and turn them into something beautiful. In kintsugi, a master craftsman applies lacquer to adhere the broken pieces together or fill in gaps, holes, or chips. The lacquer must dry, which can take weeks, before it’s sanded down and painted with gold (or silver) over the cracks. The ancient craft takes decades to master, and few are trained in the practice. While kintsugi can be found on objects in museums across the globe, today it’s a dying art — even in Japan. Third-generation urushi lacquer artist Gen Saratani studied the art form under his father and is the only traditionally trained urushi artist working full-time in the United States. The artist has lived and worked in New York for over a decade, and his services include restoration of all types of Japanese and Chinese lacquer pieces. “Even in Japan, the number of craftsmen who know how to do urushi lacquer and kintsugi is shrinking because the lifestyle in Japan has been westernized, and we don’t use urushi products much in our lives anymore,” Saratani says. “It takes 10 to 15 years to master.” Saratani has a years-long waitlist due to the meticulous nature of the work. Even a teacup with a few cracks can take several weeks to complete. Larger pieces, such as a vase or sculpture, take many months. Major artists, including Tom Sachs, have enlisted Saratani’s expertise to create kintsugi pieces.


Saratani might be the only traditionally trained restoration expert specializing in kintsugi, but Nobu Hotels’ designer Rockwell Group is keeping the tradition alive through its kintsugi-inspired interiors at several of its properties, including Nobu Hotel Barcelona, Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, and Nobu Hotel Atlanta. “In Barcelona, we loved the idea of incorporating kintsugi into our design concept, as it also gave us the opportunity to celebrate Spanish design,” says David Rockwell, founder and president of Rockwell Group. “We were inspired by the works of Antoni Gaudi, which feature extensive trencadís mosaics, a method of using broken, irregular tiles to create colorful and graphic forms. The fusion of these two arts felt natural and made the property feel truly unique and grounded in its place.” The Nobu restaurant in Barcelona features irregularly shaped wood panels that sit below a lit gold cove to form the “cracks” in between, creating a more abstract and exaggerated riff on kintsugi. The bar area’s kintsugi pattern shifts to a small-scale tile that nods to Gaudí’s trencadís mosaics. In an effort to stay true to Nobu’s Japanese roots, the kintsugi form can also be found at Nobu Hotel Atlanta, where it is showcased on one of the walls of the suite. Kintsugi’s gold veining was also an inspiration for the custom carpets found within the suites at Nobu Hotel Las Vegas.


On Location The third largest city in the U.S. behind New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago is a treasure trove of incredible restaurants, iconic architecture, world-class museums, and luxury shopping. With its distinctive neighborhoods and Midwestern charm, Chicago is an impressive cultural hub with much to explore. Nobu Hotel Chicago recently opened in the chic West Loop neighborhood, full of unique art galleries, shopping, and activities. Check out our city guide on what else to do when you’re in town staying in Nobu’s sumptuous suites and eating at its fabulous restaurant. WORDS BY EMMA REYNOLDS – PHOTOS BY JOHN FAIER


Pizzeria Uno You’ve most likely heard of the famous Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza, but Chicago is full of fabulous pizza restaurants, and depending who you ask, you might get a different recommendation each time. If you’re up for a history lesson and a delicious slice, head to Pizzeria Uno, a River North pizza joint founded in 1943. Legend has it that the restaurant’s founder, Ike Sewell, invented deep-dish pizza in an effort to make pizza that was more filling than your average slice, with a tall edge of buttery crust, Italian spices, plenty of tomatoes, and lots of cheese. While it’s hard to prove that he was indeed the inventor of Chicago’s famous deep-dish-style pizza, Pizzeria Uno is one of the most beloved pizza restaurants among locals and tourists alike. Although the restaurant has locations across the U.S., there’s something special about visiting the place where it all began.

29 East Ohio St., +1 312 321 1000,

The 606 From the creators of New York’s High Line, The 606 brings the urban park concept to the Windy City. As part of the High Line Network’s mission to reuse abandoned infrastructure, The 606 was created to bring function to the underused Bloomingdale Rail. The 606 connects four diverse neighborhoods known for their art, culture, history, and design and links them to several small, modern, design-forward parks, which means there’s plenty of green space to enjoy along the way. The 2.7-mile park welcomes bikers, runners, and walkers and allows visitors to see the city from an elevated vantage point. When the weather begins to warm up and Chicagoans once again take to the outdoors, it’s best to get there in the morning to enjoy its lovely views without the crowds. 1805 North Ridgeway Ave., +1 312 742 4622, Photo: The Trust for Public Land / Adam Alexander


Kavi Gupta Gallery Contemporary art gallerist Kavi Gupta first opened his Chicago gallery in 2000 and now represents some of the world’s leading emerging and established international artists specializing in several mediums. There is never a dull time to visit Kavi Gupta Gallery, which is known for its museum-quality exhibitions. He has worked with artists such as Richard Hunt, Alfred Conteh, Roxy Paine, Clare Rojas, and José Lerma, to name a few, and is active at all major art fairs around the world. In addition to his two galleries in Chicago, he has another in Berlin. 835 West Washington Blvd., +1 312 432 0708,


Ikram Goldman is a force of nature in the fashion world and considered Chicago fashion royalty for her close relationships with fashion houses, designers, and her A-list clientele, like former First Lady Michelle Obama. Her eponymous store is a carefully curated selection of designer pieces from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, and Prabal Gurung, all housed in a contemporary space that looks more like a sculpture than a boutique (you can’t miss its red façade with circular windows). Many describe Ikram as more of an experience than a boutique, and when you’re done trying on the latest Rick Owens, Loewe, or Balenciaga, head to the café or the 16,000-squarefoot contemporary art gallery. Ikram is also known for a unique selection of pieces from emerging international designers that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Chicago. 15 East Huron St., +1 312 587 1000,

Heritage Bicycles

Heritage Bicycles is both a retro-style bicycle shop and coffeehouse in one, which might sound odd at first, but somehow makes perfect sense once you step inside. It’s the only Chicago-made bike shop in the city, and each retro-style bike is handcrafted, from the vintage-inspired paint to the seat and wheels. It was started by a family who is passionate about eco-friendly travel and bicycles, as well as coffee. If you’re not in the market for a bike, come for the special Heritage coffee blend, which is brewed to perfection. The blends make for a thoughtful, locally inspired gift or keepsake that you can’t get anywhere else. 2959 North Lincoln Ave., +1 773 245 2005,


ALLYU SPA Much like Nobu Hotel Chicago, Allyu Spa (pronounced ah-yū) blends South American and Southeast Asian sensibilities. Located in the River West neighborhood, this day spa offers traditional massage therapy, facials, and beauty services, as well as energy-healing treatments, chakra balancing, and reflexology. It’s considered one of the most relaxing spas in Chicago for its candlelit rooms, wispy white curtains, and calming design elements, such as a high-ceilinged entryway of sauna rocks stacked upon one another, dark wood features, and traditional Asian and South American decor. Allyu, which means "community" in the Quechua language (from indigenous people living in the Peruvian Andes), is focused on healing from the inside out and customizes fullday experiences based on your needs.

600 West Chicago Ave., +1 312 755 1313,

ASRAI GARDEN Asrai Garden is the go-to flower shop for every chic event in the city, but it’s so much more than that. The boutique, located in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood (think: the Brooklyn of Chicago), carries luxury home accessories, tableware, vases, apothecary items, leather goods, textiles, and fine jewelry. Housed in a dark-walled space with a sensual ambience, Asrai is like an indoor garden and is a delight to explore. Customize a seasonal arrangement, which are all locally sourced, and take it to the hotel or have it delivered in a ceramic vase handmade by a local artist.

1935 West North Ave., +1 773 782 0680,


MALIBU ON MY MIND Nobu Ryokan Malibu blends traditional Japanese minimalism with the elegant flair of the California coastline.

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Nobu Restaurants globally feature soughtafter varieties of Japanese beef, such as A5 Japanese Wagyu and Kobe. Nobu corporate chef Gregorio Stephenson explains what makes these melt-in-yourmouth cuts so sublime. by Emma Reynolds



or gourmands and chefs seeking the finest beef, there are few cuts more prestigious than Wagyu and Kobe beef. Wagyu is a delicacy often found among other luxury foods, like caviar and truffles, but even the most seasoned diners willing to spend hundreds on a piece of tender, marbled meat might not know what makes it so special.

“Everyone needs to give themselves the opportunity to experience what all the hype is about,” says chef Gregorio Stephenson, one of two corporate chefs within the Nobu brand, who works at Nobu Malibu. Ever since chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened his first restaurant in 1987, he has sourced only the finest cuts of Japanese beef. Today, he still sources delectable Japanese beef for his global roster of hotels and restaurants. Wagyu literally translates to “Japanese cow,” and four breeds make up today’s authentic Wagyu: Japanese Black, Japanese Brown, Japanese Polled, and Japanese Shorthorn. While other countries, including the U.S., breed American Wagyu, it’s always a crossbreed and never 100% Wagyu as it is in Japan. Kobe beef is Wagyu, but like Champagne from Champagne, France, it can only be called Kobe beef if it is grown in the Kobe prefecture of Japan. Grown outside of Kobe, it is simply referred to as Wagyu. Wagyu (including Kobe) has some of the highest marbling content, or the intramuscular fat that makes meat tender and juicy. The fat also gives it a lower melting point, creating the meat’s signature buttery texture. It’s rich and flavorful, in part thanks to the centuries of Japanese breeding traditions; Japanese cattle are humanely raised and aren’t fed steroids, hormones, or drugs. This means that the farming process takes longer than it does elsewhere (synthetic drugs help cows gain weight faster and speed up the butchering process), resulting in a higher price than traditional beef. Kobe costs more than Wagyu, as Kobe comes from a singular region. “As a chef, I love that you can serve Wagyu in more varied styles than you would consider when cooking with other beef,” chef Stephenson says. “Wagyu can be served as sashimi, tataki, shabushabu, or simply grilled on its own. Even visually, in its raw form, it is just exquisite.” The Japanese have a grading system based on yield grade that further categorizes the beef. A5 Japanese Wagyu is the best quality Japanese Wagyu you can get in the world, as the cattle that produce these cuts are exclusively fed high-quality corn and rice straw and are raised with immense care. A5 means the meat has a good balance of fat, great texture, and a juicy flavor. “It has always been an innate characteristic of Nobu to take the simplest of ingredients and elevate them into a memory not soon forgotten.” chef Stephenson says, adding that chef Nobu gives chefs at all of his restaurant locations leeway to serve the meat their own way, as long as they operate within his exacting standards. For example, due to customer preference, cuts of meat in Texas may be served in larger portions than in Miami, or served with a slightly different flavor profile than in other areas. However, Nobu patrons will see Wagyu served tobanyaki or tataki style at nearly every restaurant, as they are brand signatures.

“We take a lot of pride in what we serve in each of our locations,” Stephenson says.


“Once you’ve had Wagyu, you’ll know you’ve had the best.”


Luxury in the Sky


You might think any private-jet flight is glamorous, but that’s not always the case. Uninspired (or missing) catering, cramped seats, and canceled flights are commonplace in the industry. After too many disappointments when chartering jets for business travel, Swiss entrepreneur Thomas Flohr set out to change this with the purchase of a single jet in 2003. Less than 20 years later, he now heads a global aviation empire, VistaJet Global Holding Ltd, that could be valued at $10 billion, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. How did he do it? His attention to detail, commitment to exceptional service, and elevating of every aspect of the privatejet experience brought disgruntled customers in droves from competing companies and introduced a new generation of fliers to the VistaJet life. And what makes flying aboard VistaJet so extraordinary? According to Flohr, it’s consistency. “Before VistaJet, when you arrived at the airport and you booked a plane for $10,000 an hour, you didn’t know what you would get because it’s a very, very fragmented market around the world,” he said in an interview from his home in St. Moritz. “That really drove me to the creation of VistaJet. It cannot be that you’re selling your services to the wealthiest, most important, smartest people in the world” and not meet their expectations. He wanted to create a global brand that would provide a consistent experience, no matter if the departure was from Mongolia or Miami. “We wanted to make a wonderful experience tailored to the client and the client’s needs,” he says. To that end, VistaJet now has a global fleet of more than 80 private jets — all Bombardier aircraft, including 10 brand-new Global 7500s — with distinctive silver and red livery. It operates in 186 countries, which spans over 96% of the globe. Once aboard one of these aircraft, the experience is pure luxury. Every aircraft has a cabin hostess trained by the British Butler Institute who caters to your every need during the flight, including decadent dining. VistaJet offers seasonally changing menus designed by the world’s top chefs, including Chef Nobu. The partnership developed out of their personal friendship, he says. First introduced by a mutual friend in Los Angeles, they’ve been friends for more than 15 years. They met for dinner at Matsuhisa Beverly Hills, Chef Nobu’s first US restaurant that opened in 1987, and have been close ever since. “It started with Nobu-san and myself. One day, he was up here in St. Moritz and we had dinner together. We were sitting there and I said, ‘My clients love Nobu’s food,’ and he said, ‘Well, my clients love VistaJet.’ And it came naturally between two entrepreneurs saying, Let’s team up and let’s offer this wonderful service,” he recalls. Nobu’s staff taught VistaJet’s flight attendants how to serve the food and how to prepare it to make it look exactly like it would in the restaurant, just at 35,000 feet in the air.


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Over the years, VistaJet has expanded its offerings far beyond simple transportation. It offers exclusive programming, including children’s entertainment, special pet programs, and Private World, a selection of curated experiences from the world’s top destinations and brands. That might mean pampering your pet on the flight and ensuring seamless customs clearance; wine itineraries and personal vineyard tours; adventure-themed programming for families; and a new golf program that gets members into the most exclusive clubs and golf experiences in the world. Even if you’re just looking for a hotel recommendation, the VistaJet-to-Suite program partners with the world’s best hotels, including Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Nobu Ryokan Malibu, Nobu Hotel Palo Alto, and Nobu Hotel Marbella.

In addition, they both have strong leadership from the original founders of the companies. The brands’ original identities haven’t been diluted; rather, they have become stronger over the years. “To deliver on the promise requires a lot more than money. It requires leadership, it requires wonderful human resources,” he says. “Yes, it requires a strong leader, but with a wonderful group of people who all work in one team to deliver this day in and day out.” What’s next for VistaJet? The company recently received delivery of its 10th Global 7500, an aircraft that Flohr thinks will have a dramatic impact on private aviation. Not only does it hold many world records, including the longest flight a business jet has ever completed, but it is perfectly suited for these long flights. Flohr believes the stateroom is a game changer compared with the Global 6000. “If you’re the principal and you’re flying 8 hours, 12 hours, or 16 hours, you want your privacy. You want to sleep, you want to work, you want to collect your thoughts and be ready for that next meeting on the other end of the world, and you need that stateroom,” he says. He is proud that VistaJet was the launch customer of an aircraft he believes will dominate aviation for the next 20-30 years, most likely with Nobu’s fabulous food onboard.

Flohr sees many parallels between VistaJet and Nobu. Both are global brands experiencing incredible growth and have fierce customer loyalty, due to the consistent experience. Wherever you are, Nobu will provide you with an excellent dining experience complete with its signature dishes, just as VistaJet will take you where you need to go in incredible style and comfort. “I think the concept is very much the same: Spoil your customers, but in a humble way,” Flohr says of both companies.


Crafting the Way




apan might be known for its sake, but in the past decade, the country’s spirits, especially whisky, have garnered global recognition from even the most discerning taste buds. Not all spirits are created equal; they require high-quality ingredients and processes. One of the most revered Japanese spirits brands, House of Suntory, accomplishes this with a range of spirits, from vodka to gin to award-winning whisky.

“Suntory is synonymous with high-quality Japanese spirits, much as Nobu is to high-quality Japanese cuisine,” says Marcus Voglrieder, Nobu Restaurant Group’s corporate beverage director. “The craft and care that is put into Suntory products allow the perfect starting point for cocktail crafting and creation for spirits to be married with the ingredients in our cuisine.” Nobu has a robust menu of spirits, as well as thoughtful cocktails with inventive and daring flavor combinations in a beautiful presentation. Each cocktail is made like a chef approaches their food; unexpected flavors smartly play off each other and are turned into edible art.

“The perfect cocktail is simple in execution, with depth on the experience and having a pronounced beginning, middle, and end expression, with variance between each point,” Voglrieder says.


Nobu Chicago beverage manager JJ Ancheta says it all starts with spirits, and every talented mixologist has at least five: vodka, gin, tequila, whisky, and rum. He says knowing the classic cocktails is a great jumping-off point. “From there, one can infuse spirits and create syrups to try to elevate these,” Ancheta says. “Understanding different flavors and how they play together goes a long way. Enjoying different cuisines is another way to generate inspiration.”


Ancheta’s Hanami cocktail, a riff on the classic Aviation Cocktail, is the perfect example of this. He starts with a base of Suntory’s Roku Gin, headlined by six Japanese botanicals: sakura flower, sakura leaf, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sanshō pepper, and yuzu peel. He then adds Hokusetsu Nigori sake, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Briottet Crème de Mure, yuzu, and honey. Ingredients are added to a shaker tin with ice and shaken for six seconds before they are double strained into a martini glass. For the garnish, oils are expressed from a lemon twist and added to the cocktail.

Like any good mixologist knows, it’s not all about the flavor, and a beautiful presentation goes a long way. Nobu Miami's Roses n’ Butterflies cocktail is a sight to behold. It features Suntory’s Roku Gin with fresh grapefruit juice, rosemary butterfly pea tea syrup, lemon, Kimino yuzu soda, and a garnish of edible butterfly rice paper. Other times, simplicity is key. Nobu Downtown in New York specializes in a Japanese twist on the classic martini. It’s made with Suntory’s Haku Vodka, mirin, lillet blanc, dolin dry, and yuzu, and is garnished with one drop of sesame oil and candied ginger. Nobu’s mixologists are constantly reinventing the menu and working alongside the culinary team to create delicious new ways for their guests to imbibe.

“Ice and balance are the two most important factors when creating the perfect cocktail,” Ancheta says. Voglrieder echoes this, saying good quality ice is very important.

“We focus on high-level creativity on the preparation side and allow our bartenders behind the bar easy execution to make it all happen,” Voglrieder says. “The best inspiration for crafting your own cocktails is to go out to find inspiration in your community.”









hen many people hear the word “urushi,” they think of a form of Asian art involving lacquer painting. However, urushi is an often-misunderstood medium, and painting is not the whole story. In Asia, it also means the liquid that forms after a particular sap has been drained from a tree and left to cure for several years. Both the liquid lacquer and the art of urushi painting are among the oldest forms of Asian art and date back nearly 7,000 years. Throughout the centuries, gifted and dedicated artisans have enhanced and preserved these traditional techniques, making it one of the region’s most time-honored arts.

To create urushi pieces, artisans layer ultra-thin coats of lacquer one by one on an object, which creates an unparalleled radiance, depth, and sheen. The lacquer is incredibly sticky and highly durable, so pieces painted with it are water-resistant. It is so strong and durable that ancient pieces, including bowls, boxes, and hair combs, that have been excavated over the years are still in remarkable condition.


The sap takes its name from the urushi tree and has been used for more than art throughout the years. Early civilizations turned to the gummy material in its raw form as an adhesive, using the glue-like substance to create tools and to adhere spear tips to poles to create weapons. Later civilizations used the sap to coat bones and wood to make them harder and more durable. It has even been used in the making of armor and helmets and for religious motifs on the altars of Buddhist temples. But when the lacquer is used in a decorative manner, its beauty comes alive. Japanese artists use urushi lacquer on decorative works, including jewelry boxes, sushi boxes, and teacups. These pieces are revered for the gorgeous sheen the lacquer creates, and today, urushi lacquer is one of the most respected and sought-after artforms from Japan. The pieces are prominent in many Japanese traditions, including tea ceremonies, which frequently use urushi utensils and cups. Urushi lacquer is not a common material, because it can be difficult to come by. The sap can only be harvested at certain times of the year, and it needs to cure for as long as two years before it becomes pliable enough to be used as paint. In its natural form, the sap is almost black, but by adding minerals and other pigments, artists can change the color.


Thanks to Chopard, which adopts our Urushi work on its dials, I am able to deliver lacquerware to people all over the world, and it gives me an irreplaceable sense of fulfillment.

Working with urushi is no easy task. Once the material has cured and the pigment is added, the artist must work with natural-hair brushes to apply the lacquer layer by layer, air-drying the object between each layer. Unlike paint, which dries via evaporation, urushi dries by hardening, which can only happen in the right conditions. It needs to be between 60°F and 68°F and have a high humidity level, from 70% to 90%. The drying process can take a few hours, or an entire day if the conditions aren’t correct. In the dry winter season when humidity is low, it can take as long as a month to dry. Many artists say the drying process is just as challenging, if not more so, as the painting process. Painting is also complex, especially if the designs are quite detailed. Because the material is thicker than most types of paints, the artist must pull the brush in longer lines with a little more pressure than when using ordinary paint. Depending on the depth of color needed for the piece, it might require many layers, each with a long drying time. Sometimes, Japanese artists add Maki-e to urushi work by sprinkling gold or silver dust onto the surface to create unique and shimmering designs. Because the gold dust settles immediately into the lacquer, the artist must be incredibly careful when sprinkling it on to ensure it is in the desired section of the product and that it is not too concentrated in one area, so they use feathers and funnels to apply the dust.


While urushi is commonly used on traditional Japanese objects, artists are finding novel ways to use the classic technique by creating new materials and using the lacquer in expected places. Yamada Heiando, a company that opened its first lacquerware workshops and boutique more than 100 years ago in Tokyo, is a master at combining urushi and Maki-e. The company holds the Emperor’s Royal Warrant (an honor for excellence and quality) and is the purveyor of tableware to the Japanese Imperial Household. It prides itself on delivering the hand-painted aesthetic inherited from the traditional art, and fusing it with products perfect for contemporary life, such as wall hangings and sculptures with urushi painting.


An unexpected place where urushi has thrived is on a watch dial. Expert painters transform these petite canvases into wearable works of art with miniaturized paintings, an exceedingly difficult task. Swiss watch brand Chopard is known for its use of urushi lacquer on its Chinese Zodiac watches, which it releases every year. The tiny dials are created in Japan by a master urushi artist, Minori Koizumi, at Yamada Heiando. Painting a watch dial is also incredibly timeconsuming, especially considering that the dials take between one to three days to dry between each layer. There are other factors to consider, including the height of the paint layers. They must be thin enough so that the watch hands can move freely above the top layer of lacquer, so Koizumi must achieve a strong depth of color without painting too thickly. He applies a black lacquer three times for the base coat, then paints the design. He turns to Maki-e for the element of shimmer and surprise and burnishes it using charcoal where he wants added appeal. A single dial takes at least three weeks to complete. Koizumi has been painting with urushi for 40 years and says he is still humbled by the material and the ancient technique. “Lacquer has been culturally rooted in Japanese life for a long time,” Koizumi tells us. “I am very proud to be involved in it. Thanks to Chopard, which adopts our urushi work on its dials, I am able to deliver lacquerware to people all over the world, and it gives me an irreplaceable sense of fulfillment.”






On a beautifully brisk March night, NOBLEMAN guests gathered at the incredible Nobu Hotel Chicago for an evening to remember. Aerial views of the city skyline complemented the beautiful interior of the rooftop lounge space, where VIP guests had the chance to indulge in an incredible Suntory Yamazaki single malt whisky tasting before the party began, a truly special opportunity. The night kicked off with a live DJ, craft cocktails, small bites from the legendary Nobu kitchen, and a truly memorable sunset. Guests enjoyed an incredible beverage selection, including a cocktail menu of curated drinks that were a definite hit. Favorites of the night included the ‘Hanami’, a delicious blend of Suntory roku gin, yuzu, hokusetsu nigori sake, and creme de mure, and the ‘Haku Spring Martini’, a combination of Suntory haku vodka, orange bitters, and dubonnet rouge. Incredible calligraphy artists allowed guests to take home a keepsake of the evening, and beautiful floral arrangements were the perfect touch of elegance to complete the celebration. The night came to a close with a heartfelt speech and an exciting announcement of things to come - the official launch of Nobu Hotels Magazine in partnership with NOBLEMAN. The first-ever magazine from Nobu, friends and family of NOBLEMAN were thrilled to be the first to hear about the incredible collaboration and celebrated in style the rest of the magical evening. Guests retired to incredible accommodations provided by the Nobu Hotel Chicago team and awoke to an impeccable breakfast buffet with all the Nobu classics. As a special treat, partygoers were given the chance to partake in a Nobu Pilates class the next day, the perfect finale to an incredible event. We laughed, we danced, we ate, and we enjoyed a celebration like no other - until next time, Chicago!



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