Pia Wurtzbach Explores Tokyo’s Denim Capital And Visits The Lofts "Designed To Let You Live Forever"
Japan has become the ultimate dream destination of many travelers, thanks to its rich culture, diverse experiences, and unique marriage of the traditional and the modern. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is no exception, as she finds herself even more captivated by the city of Tokyo on her third visit to the country.
There are many nooks and crannies to explore in Japan, but there are three things that you shouldn’t miss to complete your Tokyo experience: a traditional tea ceremony, quality goods shopping, and innovative architecture.
On Pia’s trip to Tokyo for her Metro Channel show Pia's Postcards, one of her first stops is Hoshinoya Hotel, which features a traditional ryokan (Japanese-style inn). The hotel seamlessly marries traditional and contemporary, a combination that perfectly sums up the whole of Japan in this day and age.
At the hotel, Pia gets a special taste of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, or the Way of the Tea. The preparation and the consumption of the tea is a long and ceremonial process from the elements inside the tea room, the clothing that needs to be worn, and the step-by-step art of how the whole ritual is performed.
Okayama is known as the Denim Capital of Japan because it is the world’s main source of high-quality and vintage denim. For the last 50 years, the prefecture has been home to the production and creation of the highest quality of denim and denim wear.
While there are tons of shops and brands to check out at Okayama, Pia visits the Okayama Denim store, which is a one-stop collection of all denim brands in the prefecture. From tops and jackets to jeans and accessories, it’s a denim heaven for every denim and fashion junkie looking for the best and most durable pieces.
Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka
Roaming around Japan was also much better with company, so Pia was joined by Filipino designer Johann Manas, the first Filipino student accepted at the prestigious Vantan Design Institute and one of the designers behind menswear shoe brand Jman.
Pia and Johann visited the Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka, which is a curious and colorful complex of apartments that have attracted locals and tourists. Outside, the apartments are shaped and colored differently, and stacked together. Inside, the units are architecturally refreshing and interesting, featuring several circular rooms, uneven flooring, and varying colors and shapes.
The apartments were designed and built by Arakawa and Madeline Gins, and were inspired by the story of blind-deaf author and activist Hellen Keller. Called “procedural architecture,” the lofts were designed to explore the varying experiences and potentials of the human body as it ages and challenge the notion of “undying” through the different textures and environments inside the space. Metaphorically, it is a home that’s designed to “let you live forever.”
Pia and Johann visits more amazing spots in Tokyo including the bathhouse-turned restaurant Bunbuku Restaurant, the Jman boutique, and Yoyogi Park. They also go in-depth on Johann’s journey from leaving the medicine industry in the Philippines to become an artisan shoemaker in Japan.
Catch Pia’s Japan escapade on Pia’s Postcards, airing on Metro Channel at the following schedules: July 3 (Tuesday), 12NN and 6PM; July 5 (Thursday), 2AM, 7:30AM, and 3PM; and July 7 (Saturday), 5PM.