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Lost in translation: greeting the new decade in Tokyo

Karaoke nights and getting lost in the crowd. Content Director Victoria Pearson is marking the new year with a trip to Japan.

This year I’ll be gifting …

Books, always. I give everyone I love something by Sedaris (to laugh), Alain de Botton (to think) or Kazuo Ishiguro (to cry). Glassware is also a great gift – it feels like something you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself. I love vintage Steuben martini glasses, and these Arne kind from Finnish Design Shop fit the brief.

I’d love to receive …

I just moved house and am on a homewares rampage. Please feel free to drop off at any stage over the holidays a Mattea Perotta piece, coloured Maison Balzac everything (my glassware obsession knows no apparent bounds), candlestick holders from Fourth Street, and a hand-poured candle from Provider Store. Am I pushing it with a Scolari chandelier and/or Cartier timepiece?

New Year’s Eve looks like …

Tokyo. I’m heading to Japan for two weeks and bringing in the new decade the only way I know how – karaoke. Find me channelling Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation with Saint Laurent zebra print and a moody ballad to be sung at full volume in the early hours of January 1.

My summer reading list includes …

Kathleen Alcott’s America Was Hard To Find, Zadie Smith’s Grand Union, The Body Keeps the Score (an Elle Presbury recommend), Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman is in Trouble and my favourite long-reads of the year from RUSSH.com.

My soundtrack to summer …

Yumi Zouma on repeat at the moment, as well as Solange (practice for when I see her at the Opera House in the new year), Julia Jacklin (I’m not over Crushing) and it wouldn’t be the holidays without my Dad taking us through the entire discography of Bruce Springsteen.

Alain De Botton, The Architecture of Happiness; ARNE cocktail glasses; David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day; Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day; @maisonbalzac; matteaperrotta.com; cartier.com; fourth-st.com; providerstore.com.au; GANNI jacket; Lost in Translation, 2003; SAINT LAURENT dress; CHANEL Le Gel Paillete; MONCLER shoes; Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score; Long-reads from RUSSH.com; Zadie Smith, Grand Union; Kathleen Alcott, America Was Hard To Find; Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman is in Trouble; Julia Jacklin, Crushing; Bruce Springsteen, The River; @saintrecords; Bruce Springsteen, Tunnel Of Love; Yumi Zouma, Willowbank; @saintrecords.