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10 Products To Help You Fight Hay Fever In Japan

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Temperatures are finally rising, flowers are blooming and we’ll soon be trading our winter clothes for lighter jackets to welcome the most beautiful time of year—spring!

But for some of us, this season comes with an ugly downside: a mandatory shopping spree for hay fever products. Welcoming the warmer months also comes with great fear for millions of people in Japan. The Hay fever fear. They gradually get confronted by constant sneezing, itchy eyes and streaming noses caused by all the pollen they breathe in during spring.

In 2020, the hay fever season started a little earlier than usual thanks to merciful temperatures during this winter. At this very moment, deadly pollen particles are flying almost all over Japan and should stick around until the end of March. While probably the best way to fight spring allergies is to get a prescription from your doctor, here are 10 hay fever products easily available on the Japanese market that will help you fight your allergies this season.

1. Masks

When in need of an urgent hay fever solution, masks are your best friends. They are the most immediate and practical solution as they will simply block the pollen from entering your breathing system.

Reusable cotton masks are an ecological and easily available option in Japan, you can buy them in organic or lifestyle stores such as Bio C Bon or Plaza, or simply by typing “cotton mask” on your favorite online marketplace. Unfortunately, you will have to separate yourself reusable from disposable masks but you will eventually find a cute, simple or even organic cotton mask that you can wash and reuse to taste!

Price: Around ¥1,000-¥2,500
Where to buy: Organic, lifestyle stores, …continue reading


How to Find the Perfect-Fitting Bra in Japan


Let me take a brief break from dating to talk about a very important topic: bras. It might seem trivial but many foreign women in Japan have difficulties sorting out this subject. Regardless of your size, you are bound to run into some issues with the sizing, where you can find your size and how these necessities are priced.

When I first came to Japan, I was very naive to think that all shops would carry the North American standard A-to-D range of cup and band sizes variations. Long story short — I was very wrong.

After the underwire in one of the bras I’d brought with me from Canada went suddenly AWOL, I thought that finding a replacement in Japan would be “easy enough.” Like I said, I was naive.

I walked into my local department store only to notice immediately that, while indeed I could find A to D sizes, the alleged D cup bra fit less than half of my actual chest. The shop staff heard my incredulous sobbing from the change room and politely informed me in her limited English: “No, no. Japan small. You. No.”

while indeed the sizes came in A to D, the alleged D cup bra fit less than half of my actual chest.

Getting The Right Size

Japanese bra sizes — on average — are smaller than those available overseas. According to Triumph International Japan’s Lingerie White Paper, the majority of Japanese women fall within the B to D cup range. You will have to keep in mind that a Japanese C is essentially a North American B.

Based on my experience in Japan, you simply have to add two cup sizes to whatever your North American size is and convert the band size from inches to the nearest centimeter. Another option to find your size would be …continue reading


Snuggle up to the most handsome gorilla on the planet with the Shabani Arm Pillow

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

Anyone with an Instagram or YouTube account can become a celebrity these days. And sometimes you don’t even need to be human.

In fact, Japan has something of a tradition of turning animals into famous pop culture figures. This is especially the case with cats, such as Maru the YouTube sensation or Tama the station master.

Somewhat further up the food chain is Shabani: a photogenic Western lowland gorilla who resides in Higashiyama Zoo, Nagoya, Shabani became well known in around 2015 when people (especially women) started to notice how handsome he is — and how human he seemed with his good looks. The “metrosexual” gorilla has since spawned a veritable industry of merchandise and tie-in products.

The latest, and probably the most innovative so far, is this Shabani Gorilla Arm Pillow.

Snuggle up to the hunkiest primate on the planet with this pillow, a soft and comfortable cushion for resting your head and neck on Shabani’s strong arm. Shabani’s other arm, meanwhile, will hold your phone for you, since you will definitely need to set your alarm in order to wake up from the deep slumber you can enjoy each night with Shabani lying protectively by your side.

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

shabani gorilla pillow arm cushion japan handsome

Shabani actually already has a couple of female mates but we reckon there’s room in his troop for a few more ladies. Do you want to join?

The Shabani Gorilla Arm Pillow is available now from Japan Trend Shop.

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