NOBU MATSUHISA, CHEF
Best Thing About Coming Back to Japan
'Enjoying a leisurely time at an onsen (hot springs). I used to go to the Gorakadan (onsen hotel in Gora) and fell in love with it. So I decided to build my own onsen in Gora.'
YUNDI LI, PIANIST
Best Place to Unwind After a Concert
'In Shanghai there's a very popular place called Xintiandi where there are a lot of bars. Sometimes there are DJs, and it's quite noisy. Sometimes you get quiet places that are very relaxed. I go there after concerts to listen to jazz and have a drink with my friends. Talk things over. Very simple.'
MAHENDRA DHONI, INDIAN CRICKETER AND MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIAST
Best Place to Go Biking in India
'In Ranchi [capital of the state of Jharkhand]. I drive my fast bikes on the Ranchi bypass, which is quite an empty stretch of land.'
AMY TAN, AUTHOR
Best Thing to Do in Shanghai
'I love to go to the tailor. I make drawings of what I want and they execute them beautifullyit's a wonderful creative outlet for me. If you ask anybody where the tailor is in Shanghai, they can tell you. I go whenever I visit.'
Kiran Desai, author
Best Place to Think Up a Novel
'Kalimpong [India]. Those gorgeous mountains are the backdrop to a place shaped by shifting borders, a mixed ethnic population and political troubles. It offered me the first realization of novelistic moments and overlapping stories, of moral ambiguity ... of issues that pull you apart and scenery that brings it all back together.'