When it comes to new inventions, innovations, and techniques, the cliché of living in Japan being like living in the future rings true. A simple stroll down the streets of Tokyo will make you realize that the hair industry in Japan is a serious business (there are, after all, more hair salons than convenience stores here). But with the sheer abundance of salons, stores, and products, it can be difficult to decipher what exactly is worth your time, money and effort.
Like with straightening, burning your hair by drying it is where a lot of people do the most damage. Relying on heat to dry hair gets rid of the moisture, but it also evaporates water that is bound to the hair, a lot of which is desperately needed in order to maintain hydration. Without this hydration, hair quickly becomes brittle and dry which leads to stripped cuticles and split ends.
Beauty company Louvredo have come out with the restorative Fukugen dryer (¥15,700), which employs a new ‘vibration method.’ It’s “pretty groundbreaking,” Yuri says, adding that this development “has really forced the competitor companies to become more innovative.” …continue reading
Source: Japan Cheapo
Not so long ago we took you on a foodie’s tour of Japan’s three major Chinatowns—and after all that delicious food it is time for a new cross-cultural experience right here in Japan. We are heading for the home (away from home) of kimchi, K-pop and cheapo-friendly cosmetics: Koreatown!
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Source: Gaijin Pot
A lot has changed in the mobile phone landscape in Japan the last few years.
Cell phones used to be very heavily restricted. You had a choice of three large companies, all offering near-identical packages and prices, with customer service standards that generally fell well below what one would come to expect from Japan.
To make matters worse, it was nearly impossible to bring a phone into Japan and use it on one of these networks. If you didn’t buy one of the company’s phones on an overpriced two-year plan, then you couldn’t get access to its network.
Thankfully, this all changed about two years ago, when the government brought an end to the restrictive practice that was the blanket ban on phone unlocking in Japan (the process of making a device capable of working on any carrier network). That being said, figuring out the best option for a phone in Japan is still extremely tricky.
In this quick guide, GaijinPot will walk you through the following topics:
Unlocking your Japanese phone
After May 2015
Now, any phones bought after May 2015 can be unlocked provided you pay ¥3,000 and have been with the carrier for more than 180 days. Some carriers may try to play dumb in this regard. But it is the law, and they cannot refuse to unlock your phone provided you meet these conditions. A phone that has been unlocked should, in theory, work on any network worldwide.
However, bandwidth differences mean that you may not get …continue reading
One of the chain supermarkets in our area, Yutoku, sells limited Costco food products. Without going all the way to a Costco location, and for the same price, we can can buy some Costco items without a membership card.There are usually packaged things like tons of kitchen towels, hot cocoa packets, and teas available. In addition I’ve seen huge(normal in the US) two-packs (1.36 Kilograms each jar) of Skippy peanut butter – for about 2000 yen. I’m tempted to get this because I like peanut butter and it’s so cheap compared with buying tiny jars (the 340 g size is usually around 500 yen). The problem is, it’s So Much peanut butter, and my husband doesn’t really like it. I’d be on my own and it would take forever to use it all. (Or I’d eat a ton of it and gain weight, which is what I’m scared of when I see most of the products from Costco). I’m considering finding someone to split the two-pack with. It’s not on a normal schedule that I know of, but one time, I saw some extra Costco products in the bakery section. I was a little shocked to see six packs of giant muffins, bags of dinner rolls, boxed croissants, a giant cheese tart, big tiramisu and berry cakes, and ‘Round Pizza.’ So… the Costco pizza they were selling was too big. It was take and bake style, and if you don’t even have an oven in Japan, that’s sort of normal. If you do, chances are it’s the size of a dorm microwave in the US. I measured the inside tray in our convection oven / microwave and it’s 20 cm across. These pizzas were 40 cm. They were not a bad deal at all, but it would be impossible for …continue reading
Tokyo is seeing temperatures in the mid-30s which means it’s time to either brave the crowds and find those city pools or hop on the local JR and go to the beach. It’s after all, Marine Day today!
Summertime in the city brings all types of fashion styles, colors and of course accessories, and just as you would be your fashionista-self in the city, it’s also important to stay on trend with your swimwear game!
So what’s hot on the beach this year? From a new touch to an old trend to sexy bikinis, here are the top swimwear of this season.
The New One-Piece
This summer the One-Piece bathing suit has gotten a major revamp and redesign giving a new sexy silhouette that will surely have heads turning. The cut-out one piece or the high-leg one piece, are both styles that cover up but also reveal just enough, making them one of the sexiest looks of the season.
Peach John, ¥9,000
We’ve seen off-the-shoulder tops and dresses stay for a good few seasons and now it’s finally made its way to swimwear. This style is sweet but daring and can even double up as a cropped top paired with a pair of denim shorts.
Stella McCartney, ¥40,000
This retro yet classic silhouette has made a huge comeback in summer fashion and is also a key look for the beach. High-waisted bikinis are a great choice if you’re looking to cover up any problems areas while creating an elongated leg-look. Perfect to give you that full Marilyn Monroe hourglass look!
Ruffled Detailed Bikinis