Wallpaper* City Guides
I love the super stylish Phaidon City Guides -- small & easy to use. There are approx 60 in the collection: Amsterdam to Sao Paulo. Each city comes in a distinct color. I've given mini-collections away to friends as gifts who love them -- even if it's just to display on a book shelf.
A 500-page compendium of the bleeding edge of art and design, straight from the streets of Tokyo. A gorgeous reference book, cultural guide and imaginative spark for anyone with a penchant for things Japanese. Good gifting.
Why, oh why, are Japanese people cooler than Americans? The style is just alive, bright, busy, but somehow? It all works.