Category Archives: SHOPPING

Japan’s Top 10 Beauty Products: What We Found Out

You don’t need us to tell you that when it comes to the beauty world, ladies living in Japan are seriously #blessed. We recently compared J-beauty and K-beauty products, but this time we’re focusing on some of the most popular Japanese beauty products.

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The only way to know how bomb these products are is by testing them out, right? It was hard. It was exhausting. But after a grueling one-month long period mini spa treatments at home, the reviews are in! Here’s what we, the Savvy Team, have to say about some of the most popular Japanese beauty products.

1. DHC Cleansing Oil

DHC Cleansing Oil

A makeup remover and facial cleanser wrapped up into one, this cleansing oil uses antioxidant-rich ingredients like organic olive oil, rosemary leaf oil, and Vitamin E to gently remove dirt and “bad” oils, leaving your skin fresh, clean, and plumpy. Just a tip: you’ll want to apply this with dry hands (no shower, sorry ladies).

Price: ¥1,604 for 120 ml

The Lover says: “I love this stuff! I switched to oil cleanser about a year ago after a lifetime of scrubbing my face raw with harsh exfoliators (I have normal to oily skin). Since I’ve been using DHC, I’ve had fewer breakouts and my skin isn’t as dry, plus it actually removes mascara instead of leaving this weird grey patch under my eyes. Such a game-changer!”

The Hater says: “My skin felt smooth as butter after an orgasmic experience using it in the shower, but unfortunately it smeared my eyeliner (which I wear super thick) all over my face and didn’t get it off cleanly.”

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5 Unique Things I Found While Thrifting in Japan

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Thrift shops, or recycle shops as they’re called in Japan, are warehouses of throwaways with some gems hidden underneath all the undesirables. Grandma sweaters, ‘80s fashion blunders, and leather biker jackets sit on racks surrounded by dust bunnies, waiting for someone to purchase them.

Grab your crucifix if you come to visit me because you’re gonna need it for protection against this evil little thing.

In Japan though, the items you’ll find in a thrift shop are almost always in pristine mint condition, with no dust bunnies in sight. Japanese people are known for taking extremely good care of their items, so you’d almost never be able to differentiate between something new or used.

Thrifting has always been one of my favorite past times since childhood, so I wondered what kind of weird treasures I could find at shops in Japan.

Photo: Randiah Camille Green
Photo: Randiah Camille Green
The more PG figurines.

I headed down to Smile Company, a huge department store-like shop in Kanagawa Prefecture, hoping for wild taxidermy finds but was met with loads of collectible anime figurines including some *ahem* wild hentai ones. I didn’t buy any of those, though, I swear.

Instead, I took home some horror-movie collectibles, and other unique pieces to pimp out my tiny apartment in Tokyo. Here are five totally random things I found while thrifting in Japan.

Princess Mononoke Music Box

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Ready to kill.

Anything Studio Ghibli always hits me in the childhood feels so when I saw this figurine of San, the badass main character from Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, I knew I had …continue reading


A Ranking of the Worst Don Quijote Halloween Costumes You Can Buy This Year

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Donki, Don Quijote, Donkey Hotel—whatever you want to call it—is a place of wonder; a magical retail labyrinth overflowing with everything you’ve ever needed. And plenty of stuff you definitely don’t.

Donki is not just a place to buy your groceries, pick up strange beauty inventions, exchange your cash, chat with robots and ride Ferris wheels. It’s also an excellent place to pick up a last-minute Halloween costume. While Donki shines bright all year round in its garish yellow blue and red glory, the fact is especially true during Japan’s spookiest season: Halloween.

The Mega Don Quijote in Shibuya where you can get your hands on the worst Halloween costume of your life.

If you’re reading this now in preparation for Thursday’s antics, to be honest, you’re pushing your luck if you think you’re going to nail an excellent Hollywood-grade costume.

But if you’re going to fail, you might as well do it spectacularly, because a “so bad it’s good” costume is always better than an “OK” one.

We assumed that Donki’s shelves would be jam-packed with terrible costumes, so to test out the theory we went to Mega Donki in Shibuya, one of the most hectic outlets in the country. This is what we found formatted in a very subjective list which goes from bad (number 13) to worst (number 1).

We’ll keep the analysis short and sweet because with these choices there’s somehow both too much and nothing to be said.

13. Giant poo man/emoji poop

What is this shit?

This costume stinks. If you wanted to become the (questionably), popular Unko (poo) Museum personified, this is the get-up for you. If you do want to wear …continue reading


8 Tokyo Bookstores Filled With Foreign-Language Books

8 Tokyo Bookstores Filled With Foreign-Language Books

Someone once said that reading is like a journey — you dive into a good story and you let your imagination go wild until nothing can stop you from feeling motivated, light-hearted, and absolutely liberated. Yes, we have Amazon and e-books, and though not much can beat the comfort of having our favorite novels delivered straight home after a single click, sometimes it’s really all about hunting for inspiration on the shelves of old-school bookstores.

Luckily, Tokyo has a good few of those, offering paperbacks in several foreign languages — from fiction to art and photography, biographies and children’s books. Here are Savvy Tokyo‘s top recommended bookstores in the capital to find rare literary gems written in English, French, German and more.

1. Yaesu Book Center

Yaesu Bookstore

With one million tomes across nine floors, the Yaesu Book Center is the biggest bookstore in the Yaesu area and one of the largest in the whole of Tokyo. On the 7th floor, you can find a massive foreign-language section with everything from bestsellers to books about Japan, social science, as well as magazines in English, French, and German. Free coin lockers are on the first floor, so if you’re dropping by on your way back from a shopping spree, worry not.

Where: 2-5-1, Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

2. Daikanyama T-Site

Daikanyama T-site

Selected as one of “The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World” (the only entry from Japan), this slick bookstore is a real theme-park for any bookworm. You can find extremely rare periodicals, art and culture books, and …continue reading