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4 Japanese Facial Sheet Masks For Your Beauty Routine

Though originally an amazing South Korean invention, facial sheet masks have been a common beauty routine for Japanese women for a long time. The sheer amount of face masks products in Japan — from kabuki to Doraemon, and gyaru-inspired sheets to high-end quality products that cost more than a whole eyeshadow palette — Japan takes its facial sheet masks seriously and spares no effort to expand their quality, effectiveness, and variety.

No big surprises here, though! After all, no other beauty product can moisturize your skin, enrich it with serums, vitamins, and other essentials, and make it glow in an instant so easily. For us busy (read: long beauty treatments-intolerant) women who still desperately want that beauty boost in the end of a long day at work, these easy-to-use sheet masks are a gift sent from heaven. Just apply, sit back, relax, enjoy Netflix, and wait for the miracle to happen!

Though there are countless options on the market, we’ve put together our top four recommended facial sheet masks that will instantly leave your skin glowing and moisturized.

1. Lululun Rich Moisture Face Masks

Lululun’s products are the best-selling masks in Japan for a good reason. Containing 12 different moisturizing ingredients, these masks leave your face perfectly moisturized, while also boosting the skin’s elasticity and leaving a dewy facial glow. You’ll find them in various kinds, quantity, and formulations, but the one that we swear by for a casual beauty routine is the signature collection for everyday use: pink for regular moisturizing, blue for deep moisturizing, and white for brightening and acne care. The package comes with 32 to 36 sheets depending on the type for the bargain cost of ¥1,500 — and we call …continue reading


Tokujin Yoshioka creates incredible designer Dom Pérignon bottles

dom perignon vintage tokujin yoshioka design

Star designer and artist Tokujin Yoshioka has collaborated with MHD Moët Hennessy Diageo to produce two special limited-edition Dom Pérignon bottles.

On sale at department stores in Japan from late September, the two gift bottles fully harness Yoshioka’s trademark preoccupation with light refraction and prisms.

In addition to the Dom Pérignon Vintage bottle designs, Yoshioka also created a prism, crafted by Baccarat, for encasing a bottle inside a block of four crystals. When light hits the bottles, it generates translucent effects and an infinity of colors.

dom perignon vintage tokujin yoshioka design

dom perignon vintage tokujin yoshioka design

dom perignon vintage tokujin yoshioka design

Billed as an “artistic tribute to Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009,” Yoshioka has reinterpreted the brand’s shield label into a three-dimensional hologram that sparkles with iridescent color.

The result is glitzy yet mature. The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009 costs ¥23,000 (excluding tax), while the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2005 is ¥41,000 (excluding tax).

Dom Pérignon has previously collaborated with such international names in art and design as Karl Lagerfeld, David Lynch and Jeff Koon.

One of Yoshioka’s notable past collaborations was with a temple in Kyoto to produce the Kou-an Glass Tea House, which closed earlier this month.

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Upcycled One-of-a-Kind Garments Featuring Studio Ghibli Characters

Now you can dress your kids in adorable garments featuring their favorite Studio Ghibli characters, and also be environmentally conscious while doing so, thanks to Anofuku (meaning, “that garment”), a new Japanese brand of kids clothes. Anofuku takes vintage and dead stock clothing and adds hand-embroidery to them, transforming them into a one-of-a-kind pieces. And for their first line they’ve collaborated with Studio Ghibli.

We’re loving this adorable stop-motion promotional video made from 200 different sweaters.

Anofuku is a joint project between fashions designers Keisuke Kanda and Kunihiko Morinaga that aims to collaborate with iconic Japanese content to create a different lines of fashion. And who better to begin with than Studio Ghibli? Character from favorites like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service were hand-embroidered onto vintage and dead stock clothing to create subtle yet adorable touches on tops, bottoms, bags and hats. But if you’re used to buying basics from Uniqlo, prices will seem high: 6000 yen for a simple shirt, 12,000 yen for a button-up and 30,000 yen for a coat.

The garments are now on sale through the company’s online shop. If you’re in Tokyo and you want to see the in real like, head over to Tsutaya Books at Daikanyama T-Site or Nakameguro.

dust bunny tote bag (3,800 yen)

Jiji shirt (6,500 yen)

Totoro coat (30,000 yen)

Kiki’s delivery service top (9,800 yen)

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6 Convenient and Well-Stocked Tokyo Health Food Stores

As in much of the world, the health food scene in Tokyo is rapidly expanding. Though the dairy-free, fair-trade chocolate here may not be quite as cheap and the almond milk selection not as extensive as it is in the West, this guide will help you navigate some affordable, accessible and well-stocked health food stores so that you can find those nutritious groceries you’ve been searching for.

1. F&F (Hiroo)

Directly across the road from Hiroo station, F&F Hiroo takes the cake for accessibility. The newly built store — with its shiny, black fixtures and scattered downlights — is also the most aesthetically pleasing on this list. F&F Hiroo can be described as medium-sized, with a decent selection of organic, natural and vegan products. It has a reasonable baked goods and bento selection, and a small range of cosmetics. In terms of affordability, a 416 gram jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil here comes in at ¥2,138. With another 14 locations around Tokyo, F&F is certainly the most accessible on this list.

2. Gaia (Shibuya)

Like Natural Mart, Gaia falls into the category of “cramped but cozy.” A short walk from Yoyogi-Uehara station, the store offers a small range of organic and macrobiotic foods. For its size, Gaia’s fresh produce section is impressive. It is, though, the second most expensive store on the list, with a 454 gram jar of Omega Nutrition organic coconut oil costing ¥2,354. Gaia also suits those looking to support smaller, local businesses. One benefit of shopping at Gaia is its sister store: Gaia2. Located directly across the road, Gaia2 offers a range of organic, …continue reading