Ukiyo-e Soap On Sale at SOLEIL TOKYO Pop-up Store in Shinjuku NEWoMan
08.August.2018 | FASHION
A brand of Ukiyo-e themed soap by Hinata Hina is currently on sale at the SOLEIL TOKYO pop-up store in Shinjuku NEWoMan, a huge shopping mall packed with fashion boutiques, food shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants, and more. The soap is available until August 16.
The soap was created with the Edo period in mind. There are two different gift packages being sold in addition to three new designs available in early limited stock before they go on general sale.
The soap is a fusion of original lactic acid bacteria which enables a luxurious marshmallow-like foam when lathered that’s gentle to the skin, opening your path to looking beautiful like those in the ukiyo-e illustrations.
The soaps are made in Japan and are made using only the necessary ingredients. They are made simply, use no synthetic surfactant and are odour-free. This is all replaced with natural ingredients like plant lactobacillus, yeast, honey, and olive oil.
They make for a perfect souvenir for Japanese, so be sure to check them out if you’re in Shinjuku.
New Food Truck Taiyaki Tainoya to Open in Shinjuku Serving Fish-Shaped Cakes
21.September.2019 | FOODTaiyaki Tainoya is a food truck set to open in front of the first floor entrance of Flags on September 20 which is connected directly to Shinjuku Station’s south-east exit.Taiyaki – ¥200 (Tax Included)The truck will sell taiyaki, a classic Japanese confection which comes in the form of a crispy fish-shaped cake filled with bean paste. The cakes sold here will be made using Tokachi beans from Hokkaido which have a distinct luxurious sweetness to them.The taiyaki here are made with takeout and gift-giving in mind, so they have been made nice and crunchy so they don’t fall apart or become mushy.The bean paste isn’t overly sweet so is easy to enjoy. The beans, which have a strong aroma, are cooked in sugar beet from Hokkaido, and contain a hint of moshio, which is salt you get from burning seaweed.The sweet bean paste has such a smooth texture that you wouldn’t believe that’s what it is. If you’re a lover of adzuki bean paste or aren’t good with sweet things, then this is a bean paste you’re going to love.For an extra ¥30, you can have the taiyaki packed in a cute gift box if you’re thinking of giving it to someone. There are six colours to choose from for all occasions, be it a home party or for clients. They are also wrapped with noshi paper and contain message cards. There are seven of these to pick, so you can write your own words to the person.If a simple taiyaki isn’t enough for you, you can also top it with a rich soft-serve ice cream. Pick between Hokkaido Vanilla or Uji Matcha flavours.If you’re getting off at Shinjuku Station, be sure to head out the south-east exit of the JR Line section to find Taiyaku Tainoya.
InformationTaiyaku TainoyaAddress: 3-37-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo (1st floor entrance of Flags at Shinjuku Station’s south-east exit)Grand Opening: September 20, 2019TEL: 080-4179-2365Opening Hours: 11:00-3:00No Fixed Holidays
Escape From Godzilla at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Escape Game Theme Park
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.
The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.
The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?
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Escape From Shin Godzilla
Location: Himitsu Kichi Lab, TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS (Floor B1F)
Running: October 4, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Weekdays: 13:20 / 16:20 / 19:20
Weekends & Holidays: 10:10 / 12:40 / 15:10 / 17:40 / 20:10
*The event will end 100 minutes after each starting time
Advance: Single ¥3,300 / Group ¥12,000 / Repeater Group Ticket ¥12,000
Same-Day: Single ¥3,800 / Group ¥14,000 / Repeater Group Ticket ¥14,000
*Same-day tickets will not be available if all advance tickets sell out
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 09:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Price: Free Entry (*Separate tickets required for games)
Official Homepage (English): https://mysterycircus.jp/en/
Event Page (Japanese): https://mysterycircus.jp/shin-godzilla/
Scorch your Senses at the Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 Food Festival Round 2 in Shinjuku
Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 will be holding round 2 on August 16, 2019 at Okubo Park, Kabukicho in Shinjuku. This will be the event’s biggest gekikara gourmet saiten (super spicy festival) Japan has ever seen.
Food services that represent the spicy foods of the world have all joined forces at Kabukicho in Shinjuku; Asia’s largest entertainment district to tinge it with a luminescent spicy red colour. So far, around 0.7 million people with a burning passion for spice have made their way to the spice central to test their tolerance to the range of gourmet spicy dishes. From beginner to mania, the event caters to all levels of spice-lovers. From a tiny touch of spice to spicy as hell, there is a wide range of spice levels to choose from. The dishes served and participating shops are changed each week, so you can enjoy a new spicy experience each week.
At the 1st Round, spice fans had their fill of Ciao em Cafe’s Bún bò Huế. This café, which originates from the outskirts of Tokyo in Hana-Koganei, took part in the event for the first time. One of their signature dishes is the Vietnamese soup, which captured the hearts of many women for its perfectly balanced sweet yet spicy flavour. Despite being Menya Mazeharu’s first time serving at the event, their queues stretched out into the sunset from morning to evening each day .
Round 2 will see Cheese to Gibier Curry Naru Ichizoku and Tokyo spice curry Aka to Kuro spicing up the event for the first time. This is the perfect opportunity to experience Awajishima Curry made with the world’s most sense-scorching spices including ghost pepper, trinidad scorpion pepper, and the carolina reaper. Tokyo spice curry serves up red curry dishes made with ingredients traditionally used in natural Chinese food therapy. Their black curries are Kashmiri curries that will leave you feeling satisfied.
These are just a selection of the vast number of noteworthy spicy dishes. You are bound to find the perfect curry to spice up your life at this event, so please check it out.
Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 (激辛グルメ祭り2019)
Venue: Okubo Park, Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Address: 2-43, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Access: 3-min walk from Seibu-Shinjuku Station or an 8-min walk from Shinjuku station (JR/ Odakyu/ Keio lines)
Entry: Free to enter, pay for your food and drinks.
2nd round: Aug 16 ー 21
3rd round: Aug 23 ー 28
4th round: Aug 30 ー Sept 4
5th round: Sept 6 ー 11
6th round: Sept 13 ー 18
* Closed on Aug 15, 22, 29 and Sept 5, 12 to change the shops.
* Open on rainy days (closed during stormy weather).
* Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well is open for a total of 38 days this year, the longest it has ever run in history.
Pop Team Epic Pop-Up Shop Makes its Way to Shinjuku This Month
The Pop Team Epic pop-up shop is set to take to make a return this month. It will open on the sixth floor of Shinjuku Marui Annex and run from August 23 to September 16.
Themed on the the popular manga and anime series, the pop-up shop first appeared in December 2016 and has since popped up many times around Japan over the years. Having been held in various places around Tokyo as well as Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Osaka, it is finally making its way to Shinjuku for the first time.
The shop’s main visual was drawn by series creator Bkub Okawa. Its design will feature on many exclusive pieces of merchandise at the shop.
Fans of the series have lots to look forward to at the shop, with plenty of cute and hilarious decorations of Popuko and Pipimi and plenty of photo opportunities. Those who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) at the shop will even receive an original sticker. Only one will be given per person.
More details about the event can be found over at the official Twitter page.
Pop Team Epic Pop-Up Shop
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 19:00 on September 16, 2019 *Free entry, no planned holidays
Location: Shinjuku Marui Annex 6F (3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
Event Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/pteppopup
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families
05.August.2019 | SPOT
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.
The rooms offered in the accommodation plan are the hotel’s popular Wide Twin Rooms located on the Premier Grand club floor. Use of the Club Lounge is included in the package. The Wide Twin Rooms include two roomy queen-size beds which span 1.53 meters wide which allow parents to sleep comfortably with their children. Rooms also feature their own bathroom facilities.
The package also includes a check-in simulation for children aged 6-12 years where they can get a feel for what it’s like to check-in. They will fill in their own check-in cards with parents and receive a ticket for the tea ceremony experience. They will be able to take their card home with them and take a commemorative photo.
The tea ceremony experience will be held on the hotel’s 10th floor in the “Shofuan,” an authentic tearoom that has been in the hotel since it opened in 1971. Parents and children will receive proper instruction from the tea ceremony teacher before pouring their own tea, allowing them to learn about traditional Japanese culture and etiquette. They will receive a special certificate of completion at the end.
If you’re travelling to Japan as a family this summer then enjoy it in luxury at Hotel Keio Plaza Tokyo.
Tea Ceremony Experience and Luxurious Accommodations for Families
Running: July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Price: ¥18,450 per person for the Wide Twin Rooms on the Premiere Grand Club Floor *Usage for 2-4 people (Includes use of the Club Lounge, breakfast, and includes service charge and tax)
①Tea Ceremony experience for overnight guests (1.5 hours required, children of preschool age or younger cannot participate but are welcome to watch)
②Simulated Club Lounge check-in experience for children and special commemorative photographs available between 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
③Amenity items for mother use (skin care products etc.)
④Commemorative certificates of stays and tea ceremony completion, and photographs presented to guests
⑤Complimentary late check-out at 12:00p.m. (Normal check-out time is 11:00a.m.)
⑥Complimentary use of Sky Pool facilities
Enquiries & Reservations: +81-35322-8000
Keio Plaza Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.com/
Osamu Watanabe’s Mouthwatering Museum of Sweets Showcases Giant Candy Unicorn & More
Have you heard of Osamu Watanabe? You won’t forget his name by the end of this article. He is an installation and contemporary artist that draws his inspiration from the world of sweets and confections. He has drawn much attention not just in Japan but overseas too in countries like the US, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia and China with his various exhibitions.
Watanabe is set to take his “Museum of Sweets” exhibition to Shinjuku where it will open at the Odakyu Department Store on July 31.
The candy creations will be split throughout 9 different areas such as the titular room Museum of Sweets as well as the Forest of Sweets, Banquet of Sweets, Sweets Aquarium and more, all of which are sure to tickle the taste buds of sweet tooth visitors.
What’s more is that you are permitted to take photos, opening the door for countless photo opportunities for Instagram.
Osamu Watanabe will also be present to host a workshop on 4 separate days so you can craft your own cookie charm using materials Watanabe actually uses in his creations.
Enter a fantastic candy land cooked up by the one and only Osamu Watanabe.
Museum of Sweets
Running: July 31, 2019 – August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 20:30 from August 7-13 / Until 17:00 on August 14)
*Last entries 30 minutes before closing times
Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Floor 11F
Entry: General ¥600 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students & Younger – Free
*If you are disabled you and a guardian can get in for free if you take a physical disability certificate
*Those who hold an Odakyu Points Card or Odakyu Ladies Club Card can get ¥100 off entry (applicable only to those who have a card)
Odakyu Department Store Official Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/
Workshop: Make a Cookie Charm With Osamu Watanabe!
Running: August 3, 2019 / August 4, 2019 / August 11, 2019 / August 12, 2019
Slots: 13:00 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 (Each Day)
Participants: 10 per slot
Applying: Please apply at the department store from 10:00 on the day
Osamu Watanabe Official Website: http://watanabeosamu.tokyo/profile_en.html
Sanrio Announces Character Themed Cafe at EGG & SPUMA in Shinjuku
04.July.2019 | FOOD
Sanrio has announced that it will open its third-ever limited-time cafe themed on their magazine Ichigo Shimbun at EGG & SPUMA located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine EST from July 11 to September 30.
Ichigo Shimbun is a monthly magazine published by Sanrio which includes information about the latest character merchandise, the Sanrio Character Awards, and more. Many of Sanrio’s characters appear in the magazine and are set to appear at the cafe in the form of food. The theme of the cafe will be “Vacation.”
EGG & SPUMA are known for their pancakes, so for the Sanrio collaboration, they will serve a special plate of pancakes themed on a beach with Pompompurin sunbathing on top. You can also order refreshing summery soda drinks too.
There will be two different menus served at different periods for the duration of the collaboration, meaning a repeat visit is a must. We hope you get to try everything!
Ichigo Shimbun Diner
Location: EGG & SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST Floor 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 11, 2019 – September 30, 2019
Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-22:30 (Last Orders 21:30)
Top 5 Tokyo Beer Gardens to Cool You Down This Summer
Hi, readers! It’s Midori, from MMN’s editorial team.
When thinking about summer, one of the first things that springs to mind are beer gardens! Drinking a cold beer outdoors on a hot summer’s day is a special kind of delicious. More and more beer garden events appear in Japan every year, the vibe and atmosphere is different for each depending on where you are.
Today, I’ve compiled for you 5 must-visit beer gardens in Tokyo for summer 2019.
Heineken Kirin Beer Garden: Enjoy a lamb BBQ at Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel
This beer garden is being hosted in a BBQ style. Enjoy a two-hour all-you-can-drink course with either a Jingisukan BBQ or oil ponzu fondue as well as a selection of à la carte that go perfectly with the beer on offer. Look out for the lamb BBQ as well, a hugely popular choice every year at the hotel.
▼Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel – “Heineken Kirin Beer Garden”
Location: Kichijoji Daiichi Hotel Floor 8F Garden Terrace (Entrance at floor 7F)
Address: 2-4-14 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo
Running: May 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019 (*Closed on Mondays between May 24 – June 30)
Time: 17:00-21:30 (Last Orders 21:00)
Honoo Bulgogi vs. Tamashii Hot Pot: Ikebukuro Tobu Beer Garden
The Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro is set to serve up its popular bulgogi nabe on the building rooftop. This year also sees the introducing of a new hot pot. Women can also enjoy a discount price on the bulgogi nabe even cheaper than previous years. There is also an happy hour service where all customers can enjoy reduced prices. If you’re looking for affordable prices then look no further!
▼Honoo Bulgogi vs. Tamashii Hot Pot: Ikebukuro Tobu Beer Garden
Location: Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Floor 16F Rooftop
Address: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Running: April 24, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Time: 17:00-23:00 (Last orders for à la carte and drinks at 22:00)
Reservations: Via telephone or online. Reservations must be for 2+ people.
Beer Garden With an Unbroken View Of the Sea at InterContinental Yokohama Grand
InterContinental Yokohama Grand is bringing its hugely popular beer garden Hama Beer back to Yokohama Minato Mirai again this year. Look forward to tucking into some authentic delights at the hotel terrace with a panoramic view of the Yokohama sea. They also serve a variety of non-alcoholic cocktails too. I recommend this one if you’re looking for a romantic, slightly more adult beer garden experience.
▼InterContinental Yokohama Grand Beer Garden
Location: InterContinental Yokohama Grand Floor 1F Outdoor Terrace (*Location will change if it rains)
Address: 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Running: June 14, 2019 – September 16, 2019 (*Except on days when there are scheduled events)
Time: [Mon-Thur] 18:00-21:00 / [Fri-Sun & Hols] 17:00-21:30
Machida MODI at Renewed “Sky Beer Garden” With Projection Show
The Sky Beer Garden atop Machida MODI has reopened after renovations. A projection show is taking place on the building wall as part of the beer garden. On the official homepage, people can also sign up to have a message projected onto the wall. 7 people will be randomly selected per day. This would be perfect as a surprise to that special someone! You can also enjoy the beer garden at a discounted price if you follow them on Instagram.
▼Sky Beer Garden
Location: LUGAR HA AMOR
Address: Machida MODI Rooftop, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo
Running: April 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019
SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN: Delicious steak and more at Isetan Shinjuku
At Isetan Shinjuku’s stylish SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN visitors can enjoy steak from Steak NO.1 STEAK THE FIRST. The drinks menu also includes beverages other than beer, so if you’re not a beer person then I definitely recommend this one. It is being held on the rooftop too so you can enjoy dining in the warm late afternoon and evening outdoors in Tokyo.
▼SKY PARADISE BEER GARDEN
Location: Isetan Shinjuku Rooftop
Address: 4-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Running: June 12, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Time: [Mon-Thur] 16:00-22:00 / [Fri-Sun & Hols] 11:30-22:00 (Last Orders – Food 21:00/Drink 21:30)
TEL: 03-6890-0199 (11:30-20:00)
There are many different unique beer gardens being held this year, so pick the one that suits you most and cool yourself off this summer in Tokyo♡
Help Me Choose! Japan’s Trending Makeup #2: Yurippa’s Repeat Cosmetic Pickups♡
This is my first ever series I’ve ever been put in charge of as a writer and model.
As long as you’re stocked up on these items, you’re good to go. In this special edition, I will showcase cosmetics that I’m a repeat buyer of and would definitely buy again.
The first thing I should mention is my skin type.
・I have tough skin and so it doesn’t blemish easily
・It becomes dull when I have lack of sleep
・With my combination skin, it’s easy to spot oily areas (T Zone) and dry areas (around the eyes, U Zone)
Using my knowledge of various cosmetics and methods I have tried I would like to showcase my recommendations. (Don’t worry if you don’t have the same skin type as me as some of the items I have picked can be used with other types too, so be sure to take a look.)
Finally, you’ll be happy to know that these can be used during all seasons.
So, ready to give it a go?
▶︎Dior Capture Youth Series
Quickly and actively delays the appearance of signs of ageing. This series was created to retain youthful looking skin. There are six serums to choose from which cater to different skin conditions. Each can be used on their own or in combination with your own serum products. I’ve made a custom serum for myself by combining two different types.
1. Intense Rescue Oil (30ml) – ¥12,420 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
(Effective against dry skin and helps maintain moisture. Supplements lipids.)
2. Glow Booster (30ml) – ¥12,420 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
(Rich in Vitamin C. Leaves skin glowing and feeling invigorated.)
For face lotion, I use 3.Enzyme Solution. It has a refreshing water-like texture and leaves skin moist. Good to use on skin that favours serums in this series.
Enzyme Solution (150ml) – ¥7,452 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
For cream, I use 9.Capture Youth Creme. It doesn’t remove the face lotion or the serum and doesn’t feel sticky.
Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Creme (50ml) – ¥12,420 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
It’s safe to say that after using this series, I don’t even know what dry skin is anymore. It really is that effective!
5. Lumière Vital C (30ml) – ¥8,000 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
6. Ideal Oil (30ml) – ¥6,000 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
FEMMUE is a really popular brand right now from the hub of beauty, South Korea. Firstly, it’s steeped in fragrance. It’s rich in floral scents like perfume. Simply holding the bottles fills you with a feeling of satisfaction. It leaves your skin feeling clear, smooth and glowing. And though it’s a thick oil, the skin absorbs it extremely well. 10/10 from me!
I might recommend it to girls who’ve just stepped into adulthood, girls who want to look sexy, and those who want to be popular! It’s perfect for skin that blemishes easily.
7. Innocent Skin Serum (20ml) – ¥8,424 *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This serum contains sericin which comes from silkworm cocoons. Sericin ensures your skin is moist and is gentle on the skin. Despite being a beauty product the texture of this serum is really silky (like water!) and will leave your skin soft and healthy.
Personally, I recommend using it as a booster serum! It’s an easy way to nourish the skin before putting on any makeup. It will also help things like face lotions and milky lotions soak in better. The serum itself soaks into your skin nice and quickly so it won’t ruin your makeup. Its warm matte texture and colour will leave you looking soft♡
4. Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream (49g) – ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This cream spreads lightly on the skin. It’s also very clear to see that it lets no moisture escape…! That’s how dense this cream is, it’s like it adds a cover to your face. It also doesn’t clear away face lotion or any beauty essences. It reaaally moisturises your skin. This is my 5th or 6th time buying it.
8. Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cleanser – ¥2,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This can be used on any skin time. (It’s also good for people with eyelash extensions!)
It’s a gel-type cleanser. What’s good about it being gel-type is that cleans off better than oil and yet doesn’t take in unnecessary moisture from the skin. You also don’t get that stretched feeling after you wash your face. This can really be used all season and by anyone. I haven’t used any other cleansers the past three or four times. It’s one I can trust.
Be sure to check out my recommended lipsticks from last time too!
8. Quick Lash Curler (Transparent Type) – ¥680 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
I often use this as a top coat. It makes it harder for your eyelashes to sag and can be used with any kind of mascara. You get a great product for a cheap price, so there’s no need to feel guilty about picking up something cheap. You’ll end up picking it up multiple times a day, and the cosmetic pouch one stick comes with is sure to come in handy too!
2. Sensibio H2O – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This is a cleansing water to be used with sensitive skin. Pour some onto a cotton pad and simply wipe to remove your makeup without any unwanted excess being left on. It’s a super convenient product to have during those times when your makeup need a quick fix up. It’s often used in makeup shoots too! They have both small and large bottles, so try starting from the handy mini size first ☺
1. Strobe Cream Peachlite – ¥4,500 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
A glittery pink cream that feels comfortable on the skin. When used as a base for your makeup it will brighten your skin, or when used as a highlight it will glimmer in the light on your shiny skin. It might be nice to add to the décolleté or when you are exposing skin too to add a little something. This item has many different uses!
3. Long Keep Base UV – ¥2,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This product can won’t blemish skin at all even if it’s been working all throughout the day. It goes on gently and soaks up quickly. This means it can be used when you don’t have much time, such as when you’re in a hurry in the morning. It feels so light it makes you wonder whether you’ve even put any on! It also holds up well against sweat and oil so I highly recommend it for the coming season! (It’s been a No. 1 best seller for 9 years in a row.)
As a footnote, I’ll just add that I’m actually a model for Primavista’s products and I’m really glad I discovered them.
5. TOUCHE ÉCLAT BLUR PRIMER 1 – ¥6,300 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This is a makeup base that has gold pearls in it. It fixes the uneven parts of the skin to make it uniform making it perfect for foundation. It has a semi-matte consistency and the goal pearls give your skin a gorgeous gloss.
10. LE CUSHION ENCRE DE PEAU B30 – ¥7,500 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This is the covering power, moisturisation and texture I wanted! It feels very light on the face, so much so that it feels like you have none on, but it’s the opposite of useless―it covers the face completely. As expected of them. It’s easy to put on too, just pat it onto your face with a sponge. It’s very durable too!
4. Smooth Skin Cover – ¥4,200 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
This too is a makeup base and evens out the odds of your face. It’s silky and makes you look extremely beautiful so it’s the perfect accompaniment to makeup. It also thankfully contains SPF20 and PA++ and is free from ethanol, colouring agents and synthetic fragrances, making it kind to skin. I would also recommend it to people with weak skin. This is my second pot ♡
6. Grandiôse Mascara (Volume Type) BK – ¥4,200 (Before Tax)
The rose design of the cap is so cute! This is the No. 1 easiest product to coat. The shape of brush has been carefully calculated to curve with your eyelashes. It does nothing short of bolstering the volume of them. It has also received high praise for how easy it comes off with hot water. But it doesn’t blot either. This one’s for those who want to emphasise their gaze♡
7. Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula BK – ¥3,780
We can all relate to mascara becoming clumpy. This formula entwines with each eyelash hair to give big, beautiful eyes. It makes you feel good when applied. Though this is my third time buying it it never fails to make me say out loud to myself, “Wow, how beautiful.” You don’t have to worry about sweat or oil either, plus it comes off easily with hot water♡
9. Hyper Sharp Liner BK – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) *Photo is my own. Price shown is as was on the day of purchase.
I have loved and used MAYBELLINE since I was a high school student. I’ve used many different eyeliners but always end up returning to the same place. The Hyper Sharp Liner is easy to draw with, doesn’t smear, and the tip of the brush is thin and soft, so drawing on cat eyes is so much easier now. It’s perfect! Get it ASAP!
What do you think of my list? The categories are a bit jumbled, but I have listed all the items I highly recommend.
A lot of the items I’ve presented are expensive, but even if they are pricey, the quality is good and the effects they have really work! I wonder if the reason for people in their teens and 20s focus so much on skin care is because they have seen the speed at which you can revitalise your skin, or have the power to ‘rebirth’ oneself.
My skin is changing entirely now compared to back when I thought it was okay to not take care of it. I want to make more recommendations to people at my age and invest in my future self.
Be sure to reference this last, and thank you for reading! Until next time ☺
Translator / Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Yuri Suganuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.
SK-II continues to revolutionise the way customers experience shopping for skincare productcs as it announces SK-II Future X, an upcoming limited-time event that will run from April 24 to 30 on the first floor of Isetan Shinjuku.
At SK-II Future X, shoppers will be able to remove the stress from looking for skin care products in an environment that combines the physical with the digital―and they are free to come and go as they please. This exciting experience will provide plenty of interactive ways of shopping.
“Magic Scan” is the name of Japan’s first piece of AI technology that can measure one’s skin, and it will be used at this event. All you have to do is stand in front of a mirror for about 3 minutes. The tech will determine the condition of your skin, its age, and recommend the right skin care products for you. It does this by paying attention to tremors in the skin.
The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence will also be sold at the event with a limited edition design. This beautifying essence contains over 90% Pitera™, a multiple award-winning naturally-derived ingredient. Shoppers can also enjoy pre-sales of their Facial Treatment Essence Spring Red Limited Edition which isn’t set to go on sale in Japan until May 10. Purchasing these products gets you a go on the Pitera™ Vending Machine which will change the design of your bottle.
Other services will include a 180° selfie booth, an AR wall where you can learn some of the secrets behind Pitera™, and more. If you’re wanting to find out ways to care for your skin then be sure to visit.
SK-II Future X Event
Running: April 24, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Location: The Stage, Isetan Shinjuku Floor 1
Pre-Sales: Facial Treatment Essence Spring Red Limited Edition / Facial Treatment Essence Spring Mint Blue Limited Edition
Official Website: https://meeco.mistore.jp/contents/sk_2/index.html
Snoopy Art Exhibition Scheduled for Shinjuku & Fukuoka Viewing
29.March.2019 | SPOT
American artist Tom Everhart is set to hold an exhibition on the internationally-beloved comic series Peanuts™ which features popular characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown. This will be his biggest art exhibition in Japan to date.
It will take place in at Hilton Tokyo’s Hiltopia Artist Square in Shinjuku from April 26 to 30 and Erugara Hall Tenjin in Fukuoka from May 2 to 6. Select artworks will be available for purchase at both venues.
“Brothers and Sisters Please”
Around 60 pieces by Tom Everhart will be on show including a special Japan-only early preview of his newest work Brothers and Sisters Please.
“My Brothers Please”
Everhart paints Snoopy’s face with a calm expression and makes full use of vibrant colours, resulting in a feeling of inner-warmth and comfort when observed. Other pieces will include mixed media works, rare lithographs and more.
Enter a world of Peanuts™ art.
Location: Hilton Tokyo’s Hiltopia Artist Square (Hilton Tokyo Floor B1F, 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Running: April 26, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Until 16:00 on April 30)
Location: Erugara Hall Tenjin Floor 7F (1-4-2 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture9
Running: May 2, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:30 (From 12:00 on May 2 / Until 16:00 on May 6)
Entry to both exhibitions is free.
Help Me Choose! Japan’s Trending Makeup: #1 Lipsticks Loved by Everyone!
This is my first ever series I’ve ever been put in charge of as a writer and model.
Moshi Moshi Nippon is where I start!
To briefly explain my makeup history, I first became interested in makeup when I was in elementary school after I went to a drugstore and saw cosmetics all lined up. After entering middle school, I was an awkward girl hooked on eyeshadows. I realised in high school that unique people get a lot of attention, and so I wanted to learn more about makeup. Every week, if I had a free moment, I’d pop down to the department store and little by little, deepened my knowledge about cosmetics. At around the age of 22 or 23, I achieved my certification as a “Cosmetics/ Skincare Meister”. (There’s still a lot to learn though…)
At 23, I started writing a series of my own about makeup!
Even if it’s just a little bit, I want everyone to feel like they can use my articles to help themselves find their favourite cosmetics.
As this is my first ever business, I was obviously quite nervous about a few things.
As the impression that makeup leaves, and everyone’s individual tastes can always completely change in an instant, I made this report which puts the spotlight on lipsticks that are suitable for a range of people!
These are recommendations by Yurippa!
These lipsticks are perfect for spring and summer!
If you’re looking for stylish yet affordable lipsticks, join me and take a peak of my world of makeup through my eyes!
▽ Yurippa’s recommended lipsticks!
・3CE MOOD RECIPE MATTE LIP COLOR #909 ￥2160
Feels like a cream when you spread it on your lips.
A matte finish colour that sticks to your lips.
Very good colouring
Slightly deep red coral…
Gives an adult-like impression!
Coordination ideas: Perfect highlight for an all black outfit or a white shirt, or all navy look. I think it would make a great contrast with blue!
Suitable for all skin types (yellow base, blue base)
No matter where you go, you’ll be complimented for your lipstick coordination ♡
To buy this, search for ”3ce” lipstick
It’ll be somewhere around the 4th or 5th link down. Look out for the product number #909.
This is a very popular lipstick!
Matte finish wine purple colour.
Deep with an edgy finish.
M・A・C lipstick colours are very defined and difficult to rub off!
You don’t even need to top up very much throughout the day.
（Right）Chili (MINI size) ￥1404
This is an orange brown matte lipstick.
There are many models these days who use this colour.
If you are not sure what colour suits you, you can play it safe with this.
All these lipsticks smell like vanilla.
※M・A・C lipstick is sold at some stores.
・CHANEL Rouge, Allure, Velvet series ￥4536
These are also matte lipsticks.
If you compare the feel of 3CE and M・A・C lipsticks, you’ll find they both have a different matte texture.
You can really feel the moisture in this!!
A smooth, matte finish.
I’m way too keen on this series. I mainly have lipsticks from the colour version.
The texture, quality of colour, and the exquisite choice of colour is what makes this lipstick so addictive!
（Left）No.58 Rouge Vie
Deep, strong red
（Right）No.61 La Secrete
▽2019 Perfect for spring and summer Lip
・ADDICTION Lipstick Sheer 003 cherry cherry ¥3024
Finally here’s a non-matte lipstick that I like! Haha…
But despite I love matte lipsticks so much, this lipstick just has the cutest texture! I fell in love with it at first sight.
The transparency is perfect for the shade of red.
Despite the strong red colour, it is rather transparent, giving a “pop” look.
The more you apply, the cuter your lips!
How about wearing a white shirt to match your red lips?
…or a patterned shirt, woven bag and denim bottoms??
Allow yourself to be driven by the wild feeling of spring and summer fashion. This lipstick is a must for your handbag!
I really want to wear cherry earrings to match the lipstick!
・shiro ginger lip butter（lip gloss）9C06 copper brown ¥4104
A matte brown-orange.
This is quite a fashionable colour that will make you appear more like an adult.
A lip balm and gloss in one! No need to apply a balm as a base to stop your lips from drying out.
The shade is rather nice and the colouring is perfect.
The small touch of gloss will make you seem more adult-like ♡
It has a smooth texture and spreads smoothly!
The natural scent of ginger makes it seem just like an organic cosmetics product like “shiro”.
Look no further for a lipstick you can use all year round!
The new colours came out on 7th March as a product not just for spring and summer, but also autumn and winter.
・Celvoke Enthrall gloss 03 ￥3024
Orange/brown, glossy and plenty of moisture.
This will give you the plump lips that every girl wants!
As the colour is quite toned-down and dark, use a subtle amount of eyeshadow, give your cheeks a matte finish and your lips will become the glossy accent to finish your look!
▽ Stylish yet affordable!
・CANMAKE Lip Tint Matte 03 rose ￥650
This is a rather girly rose pink.
Although this is a strong-coloured lip tint, it holds moisture so you don’t have to worry about your lips drying out.
Spreads completely over your lips perfectly.
You would look so cute if you combined this with a floral outfit or gingham checks♡
04 Terracotta red
・INTEGRATE Silky Matte Lip（Lip/cheek colour）PK384 ¥1296
Bright coral with a slight glossy semi-matte finish.
This is a fresh colour which will brighten your face.
Enjoy the light texture as you apply it.
As you can colour both your cheeks and your lips with this lipstick, this is perfect for those of you with busy mornings or those of you who are not good at makeup and are uncertain of how to balance colours!
This is an easy way to achieve a balanced look!
～ <Extra!> If you get your hands on this you should celebrate! ～
Pat McGrath is a hair and makeup artist. She owns the makeup brand “Pat McGrath”♡
She still hasn’t been to Japan.
She is involved in famous fashion show brands and collections and is a hair and makeup specialist.
From the packet design, these products overflow with cuteness!
The smooth matte lipstick is absolutely perfect when it comes to durability and colour.
This high-quality lipstick is a leading lipstick ー no doubt about it!
Just how people buy CDs because of the awesome CD designs, you might end up getting this just for the packaging!
・Pat McGrath MATTETRANCE LIPSTICK
Elson 2 (The Perfect Red) ¥4752
Omi （Mid-tone Rose） ￥4752
（The packaging and the lipstick are just so beautiful!）
You can purchase these online.
I don’t think there’s many people who use these lipsticks!
If you have them, you can boast about your fashion to others! ☺︎
…and that wraps up my personal lipstick report!
I didn’t even realise that I wrote an entire report…
I want to continue with a second and even third series!
I aim to write these reports in a style that creates a close connection with my readers.
If you want to ask questions or need advice, I’m making an advice corner where you can reach me personally!
Let’s be friends!
Writer / Model Yuri Suganuma
Photographer Haruka Yamamoto
Make & Hair Yusuke Hashimoto