Paper Business Cards Live On, Defying Technology; Actor Damon Wayans Promotes an App to Let Users Share Contacts Phone to Phone

Paper Business Cards Live On, Defying Technology

Actor Damon Wayans Promotes an App to Let Users Share Contacts Phone to Phone

RYAN KNUTSON

March 2, 2014 7:53 p.m. ET

Actor Damon Wayans last week in Barcelona, where he was promoting an app that lets users create and share digital business cards. Ryan Knutson/The Wall Street Journal Read more of this post

Soaring Luxury-Goods Prices Test Wealthy’s Will to Pay; Sales Growth Slows as Competition Heats Up; ‘Prices Have Gotten Really Crazy’

Soaring Luxury-Goods Prices Test Wealthy’s Will to Pay

Sales Growth Slows as Competition Heats Up; ‘Prices Have Gotten Really Crazy’

SUZANNE KAPNER and CHRISTINA PASSARIELLO

March 2, 2014 6:42 p.m. ET

Despite expanding into new markets, the luxury-retail business has been relying on price increases to drive sales. Now, even the very wealthy are nearing the limits of what they are willing to spend. Read more of this post

Heroes, Villains and Fire Ships: Su Shi’s ‘Red Cliff Meditation’ (1082) re-creates an epic Chinese naval battle

‘A Spirit-Visit to an Ancient Land’

A Chinese poem re-creates an epic third-century naval battle

JOHN J. TKACIK

Updated March 1, 2014 12:37 p.m. ET

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Nowadays, harried parents plop their little ones in front of a TV set or an iPad to keep them occupied. A millennium ago in China, village storytellers would, for a small fee, recite from memory, with a little help from their prompt books, hundreds of ancient warrior tales—particularly those of the Three Kingdoms—to entertain the young ones. Read more of this post

A Day in the Life of Daisuke Nakazawa; At Sushi Nakazawa, a disciple of Japan’s most revered sushi chef applies his perfectionism to a centuries-old cuisine-served up with a New York twist

A Day in the Life of Daisuke Nakazawa

At Sushi Nakazawa, a disciple of Japan’s most revered sushi chef applies his perfectionism to a centuries-old cuisine—served up with a New York twist

ALEX FRENCH

Feb. 28, 2014 9:32 a.m. ET

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ROLL CALL | Nakazawa in the kitchen before the day’s prep begins Photography by Thomas Giddings for WSJ. Magazine

EVERY DAY BETWEEN the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in a West Village basement, sushi chef Daisuke Nakazawa, 35, and his staff labor in almost complete silence. No music plays, no phones ring, few words are spoken. Monastically absorbed in the work of breaking down the day’s fresh ingredients—cracking open sea urchins with pliers, skinning a live octopus on a gleaming prep table—the Sushi Nakazawa kitchen crew prepares to serve the restaurant’s 20-course omakase menu, which has become one of the most coveted meals in New York City. Since it opened in August 2013, critics have touted Sushi Nakazawa as one of the city’s best sushi restaurants—no small feat in a town that’s home to revered roll temples such as Masa and Ichimura at Brushstroke. Read more of this post

Beijing’s Smog Ain’t Going Nowhere

Mar 3, 2014

Beijing’s Smog Ain’t Going Nowhere

Last week was another one of those weeks in Beijing: all anyone could talk about was the smog. A brief respite after rainfall Wednesday night served only to underline just how bad things have been: the American embassy’s air quality index was back into “unhealthy” territory by Friday morning, where it remained for much of the weekend. Read more of this post

Tesla Convertible Debt Electrifies Long-Term Investors

Tesla Convertible Debt Electrifies Long-Term Investors

MATT JARZEMSKY And TELIS DEMOS

March 2, 2014 5:58 p.m. ET

Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA -3.06% is showing that when it comes to Wall Street, it is more than just a plaything for day traders and ardent believers in electric cars. Read more of this post

China’s state planning body grows more assertive as revamp looms

China’s state planning body grows more assertive as revamp looms

4:04pm EST

By Michael Martina and Benjamin Kang Lim

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will present proposals to revamp its behemoth economic planning agency at an annual session of parliament this week, sources said, but the organization’s role as an antitrust regulator could eventually be enhanced. Read more of this post

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