No.67 Shin Nakamise Shopping Street (Asakusa) 1-39-2, Asakusa, Taito-kuCreated on 10/2015

As you may have ascertained from the front cover, jStyle is collaborating with Japanese illustrator, Shinji Tsuchimochi for this year’s edition. He is the illustrative mastermind behind “100 Views of Tokyo” and has a gathering of fans for his nostalgic, retro pieces.

The illustration on the front cover is a piece which features the renowned Tokyo Skytree in the backdrop. Tsuchimochi explains his thought process behind the piece as follows, “While the Tokyo Skytree often makes little cameos in many different places and has gradually become a familiar sight, I was particularly inspired to draw this piece because of how it looks in the distance behind the deeply-rooted Asakusa arcade streets. The juxtaposition between the future and the past makes for a wonderful scene.”

Other than the cover, this gallery is comprising of three pieces specially chosen by us here at jStyle. If you’re interested in seeing the pieces in the flesh, the locations where each of the work can be found are shown here.


No. 68 Japanese Style Bar Yuchan Monzennakacho 2-9-4, Monzennakacho, Koto-ku, Created on 10/2015


No. 83 The Suzunari Shimokitazawa 1-45-15, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Created on 02/2016


No. 87 Rashomon Shimbashi 1-13-8, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Created on 03/2016

– An illustrator based in Tokyo –

Shinji Tsuchimoto studiedJapanese-style painting at TamaArt University while he pursuedhis own love of art by drawing on inspiration from local illustrators of the 1980s. He has wielded his paintbrushto create pieces for various different forms of media including album covers. “100 Views of Tokyo” (Shikaku Publishing) released in October 2016 in Tsuchimoto’s masterpiece work.



Earlier this year SEIKO opened its first boutique store in Australia.

The SEIKO boutique ranges product not usually found in Seiko Australia’s regular channel of distribution.

The boutique focuses on the higher-end collections of Credor, Grand Seiko, Astron, selected Limited Edition pieces and Japanese domestic models.

The boutique has Seiko staff that are highly trained in the technical specifications of the collections and models ranged in the store. In fact, some of the staff have visited the watch studios in Japan to see first-hand the finishing techniques and quality control behind these exquisite timepieces. The Seiko boutique provides a resident watch maker from Monday to Friday to assist with after sales care. The Seiko boutique allows the consumer to ‘explore the world of Seiko’ through its finest watches, its diversity of model selection, its craftsmanship and its professionally trained staff to highlight the detailed attributes of every watch.

seiko-boutiqueThe boutique is located in the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney. The QVB is an iconic Sydney landmark and is renowned as being a central shopping district for the local and overseas consumer. The QVB is readily accessible to commuters being so closely located to the Town Hall railway station and bus hubs.

Seiko Boutique, 455 George St., Shop 63, Lower Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney NSW 2000


– jStyle Choice –



The World’s first solar GPS watch was developed by Seiko and launched to the world in 2012. Since then, Seiko has continued to develop new calibres in the Astron collection. This truly amazing technology has been developed by Seiko’s watch experts. Seiko solar GPS, one step ahead of the rest.

Astron GPS Solar sets new standards of precision, ease of use and global convenience. Astron GPS Solar is the most significant advance in watchmaking in a generation.

Using just the power of light, Astron connects to four or more satellites, identifies its time zone and adjusts the hands on the dial to the local time, with a precision of one second per 100,00 years.

To make Astron GPS Solar as easy to wear as possible, Seiko invented an automatic time adjustment function that allows the watch to adjust automatically to the GPS time signal once a day. An invisible sensor analyses the level of light, and when it senses five seconds of bright sunshine, connects to a GPS satellite and receives a time update.

The key to this uniquely Seiko achievement is the development of a reception antenna in the shape of a ring that lies beneath the dial ring. This unique ring antenna, combined with a ceramic used for the bezel itself, optimises signal reception and allows the watch case to have the clean, elegant lines that are its signature.

AstronGPS Solar also required the development of a unique module to minimise energy consumption. Connecting to the satellites orbiting 20,000kms above the earths surface requires a significant amount of energy. Seiko developed a module that only uses about 20% of the energy required by common GPS devices.

Seiko, one step ahead of the rest.



The name Credor comes from the French Créte d’Or, meaning ‘’the ultimate of the gold,’’ and has been the name for our collection of high-end watches crafted in precious metals since 1974. Even now, our dedicated master craftsmen use only premium materials and express Japanese beauty and delicate aesthetics. Credor timepieces combine Seiko’s traditional craftsmanship with contemporary, high-end technology, and depend on our over 100 years of watchmaking.



For over fifty years, the story of Grand Seiko has been the story of a team’s dedication to perfecting the deceptively simple idea of creating the ideal watch. Though times change and Seiko’s watchmaking technology has evolved rapidly, the spirit and essence of Grand Seiko has remained the same. For over fifty years, Grand Seiko has stood for the same simple yet exacting ideals. And so it will be for the next fifty years. And beyond.





A good policy is to always check the 100-yen shop before buying something from a regular store. They carry an amazing variety of items and are ideal places to stock up your apartment with dishes, silverware, and other essentials to survive when you first arrive. Buy in Bulk on your phone to find better deals online while you’re shopping at stores, too. I usually use Amazon to buy big boxes of oatmeal or my fabourite cereal that I know I’ll eat and that last for a long time.


Not everything is a bargain at the 100-yen shop, especially toiletries and other things that you’ll use everyday. It’s better to buy essential consumable supplies like tissues, detergent or body soap in bulk from stores like Costco. There are several around Tokyo and if you can find a friend with a membership, tag along with them every once in a while and stock up. It’s also a good idea to buy lots of frozen veggies and fruits, as these can be absurdly expensive when sold fresh in the supermarkets. If you can’t make it to Costco, try finding a local wholesale food store such as “Niku no Hanamasa” (there are several around Tokyo) which caters to restaurants and sells meat and seafood at big discounts. To manage bulk amounts of food, I bought a cheap box of 200 plastic bags which I then use to separate and freeze a few weeks worth of meat and fish.


Shopping online using Amazon or Rakuten is easy and convenient in Japan. You can even have your package sent to a local convenience store for pick up and often can get next day delivery. You can use a barcode reade


At any given time, there are a lot of foreign residents who are packing up and leaving Japan and need
to sell their things. I bought a big screen TV and a fridge both from people who lived right down the road from my place. You can search for the item you’re looking for and sometimes even negotiate the price a little as long as you’re willing to pick it up yourself. I sometimes just search the name of my town to see if anyone is selling something locally that’s easy to pick up. This is a great way to buy big items like a washing machine or a stovetop oven.


Obviously you should try to cook at home as often as possible if you’re living on a budget. And you should also try to pack a lunch everyday if you can. But sometimes you get invited out and want to have fun. In Japan, it’s pretty normal for a group of friends to share all the food and it’s often (but not always) customary to split the bill at the end of the night (called warikan). The problem is that you end up having to help pay for the five bottles of expensive wine someone decided to order. If your friends are considerate they will pitch in more if they had a lot, but don’t count on it! Your best bet is to go to a place with nomi-hodai or all-you-can- drink (usually for two hours) with a set individual price or to go to a Western-style pub where you pay separately as you order, (called betsu-betsu). You can also just buy snacks and drinks at a convenience store but be careful because it’s bad etiquette to eat and drink while walking around.