27 July 2011

We were right behind Giorgio Armani when he dedicated his latest Armani Privé collection to Japan’s tsunami victims. The designer said that he had always admired ‘the captivating culture and the refined sense of aesthetic’ of Japan and he was ‘profoundly moved by the tragic events unleashed by the earthquake last March’. The collection has subtle Japanese influences and uses geisha-style stiff panels, kimono fabric and thick obi belts.
After the tsunami destroyed so many lives, the country is picking itself up with characteristic Japanese fortitude, but the tourists are still, for the most part, staying away. They needn’t. Japan is totally safe. Japanese officials have told Grazia Travel Club that there is absolutely no danger in making a visit to the country and nowhere is off limits except for a small area around the nuclear plant in Fukushima (a remote area of the country that is not on the tourist trail).

If you do book a trip to Japan, not only will you be supporting the country when it really needs your help, but you’ll also get a holiday bargain. Many hotels and airlines are doing great deals for the autumn – a magnificent season to visit Japan. From the frenetic pace of Tokyo, one of the world’s great cities, to the refined traditional culture of Kyoto and the beauty of Mount Fuji [above], Japan should be top of your list of places to visit. Go on – what’s stopping you?


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