Tokyo makes trendy tote bags out of used sake sacks.
VANEEA
Foreigners who are puzzled by the secret code need worry no more.
KOICHI
Provocative economist Lord Meghnad Desai warns against taking Asia’s re-emergence for granted.
VIVIENNE KHOO
Big names like John Woo, Tsui Hark, Tran Anh Hung and Takashi Miike are leading the Asian contingent at the Venice Film Festival this year.
BERNICE TANG
London School of Economics professor Lord Meghnad Desai discusses India’s slow growth.  
VIVIENNE KHOO
So what if Asians performed abysmally at this year's World Cup? There is still something we can be very proud of.
DAN-CHYI CHUA
Across the continent, the strawberry is getting some serious acreage.
SIMONE ERASMUS. Additional research and recipe by RUQXANA VASANWALA
After Samurai Camp, where fitness enthusiasts wave fake swords to techno music, which ancient martial art will we plunder for our gyms next?
CLARISSA TAN
It’s cheap, it’s useful – and it’s the No. 1 lost property item in Japan. Get your clear vinyl umbrella now!
MARI KANAZAWA
The men and women who put up Japan’s buildings have got a lot more fashionable recently, if these catalogs from a clothing company in Okayama Prefecture are any indication.
QUIRKY JAPAN BLOG
For a people who have been tortured in unspeakable ways by the Japanese army, it’s puzzling how most Filipinos are quick to forgive and forget. Blogger Resty Odon shares this mystery with asia!
RESTY ODON
Is 140 characters enough to talk a person out of depression and death? Global Voices blogger, Scilla Alecci, finds out what young Japanese think of this “life-saving” media tool.
SCILLA ALECCI
Here’s a round-up of some of the reviews of the Asian movies competing at Cannes.
BERNICE TANG
The Cannes Film Festival starts today! More updates will come your way.
BERNICE TANG
You too can attain the aura of the well-versed traveler, by dishing out these bite-sized “facts” at tedious cocktails. Best served quickly.
CLARISSA TAN