SK-II cosmetics have done me very well over the years. I started using it in 2008, just when I returned to Indonesia. My skin was having a problem with Jakarta very polluted air and after trying several brands, SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser and Facial Treatment Essence combo solved my problems and kept my facial skin healthy and hydrated. Their powder and foundation are perfect match on my skin tone as well. This Japanese brand is superb! I slowly started acquiring different products, most works very well. Out of 12 products I tried, only 3 are so-so.
New year, new calendar, new agenda. Check what I got to start off the year.
I picked up a 2011 pop-up calendar in Takashimaya, Shinjuku during our honeymoon. I spotted it on the second day of our trip, but had some doubts. After looking around all over, I came back and grab one. I couldn’t find anything cuter. Of course, it only marked Japanese holidays, but I written in Indonesian ones. In the front left, you can see my pink agenda. My husband found it in O|O| (Marui) Shinjuku. He bought a blue one for himself. I will post detailed pictures on it one of these days.
Although not 2011 related, I also have knick knacks I got from Japan in my previous trips. My pen holder is a miniature milk glass bottle which was the packaging of Botejyu Farm’s mango pudding. The stuffed gray bunny is a portable speaker we got from OIOI Shinjuku; it doesn’t work well. Both of these we got during our pre-wedding trip. I got the tiny ceramic bunny to the right of my pen holder in Asakusa, in 2003, I believe. If you are curious, in the background of my desk, on the white rack, you can see three cat shaped toys. We got those in a designer toy store in Shinjuku; will also be posted soon.
I hope everybody is having a great start of the year!
Hello minna! Ohisashiburi desu.
I officially returned to my country two days ago. I can’t believe that I am not in Japan anymore. Just about two weeks ago, me and James were so excited as we hurried to pass through immigration, hopped on the train, left our luggage at our hotel (checked in was not until 2PM) and went straight to Nakano Broadway, another otaku heaven in Tokyo aside from Akihabara.
Getting to Nakano Broadway was quite easy. From Shinjuku We took JR Chuo Line Rapid to Nakano Station (not to be confused with Higashi Nakano). From there we followed the map that I had printed up from One up‘s website; pictured below:
If you decide to use this map, please ignore where that pointy end of the cloud bubble is indicating; Nakano Broadway, along with ‘One up’ is located on the green rectangle on the map.
We went through Nakano dori on the way to Nakano Broadway. It was after 11AM, and the sun was shinning brightly.
HITOMONOKOTO, a web store and gallery based in Tokyo, had taken a creative approach to upcycling by turning sakabukuro or sake bags into tote bags. They named them ‘SHIB.’
Sakabukuro is probably a foreign vocabulary even to many Japanese. It is both rare and vintage. Here’s the description from the HITOMONOKOTO website:
Brewers used the sack “Saka-bukuro” during the Edo- period to filter “Nigori-sake”(unrefined sake) into “Seishu”(refined sake). This process was used up until the early 20th century. Every summer, craftsmen repeatedly applied persimmon juice on sakabukuro to improve waterproofing and antiseptic properties. Due to this process, the cotton fabric’s appearance has changed, similar to tinged brown leather.
“SHIB” are made from hard-to-find,dark sakabukuro cloth that is elastic,like leather,and has a black shiny appearance. No two “SHIB” are the same color. Blurring and scratching reflect the unique texture of sakabukuro cloth to which persimmon juice was applied repeatedly over the years.
Finding kawaii (cute) things to buy is one of my goals every time I visit Japan. It is the haven of all things pretty and cute. If you are looking for creative, unique and out of the box merchandise, Japan is the place to go.
I found Shinjuku Marui by chance; on the way back to the hotel from Shinjuku Park. It was nothing but a little shopping paradise. My sister and I went crazy, but we restrained ourselves and not buy too many stuff. In fact, it was our photographer Ivan and my fiance James who spent the most!
Because we were pressed for time, we only explored the first floor. I found out recently that Shinjuku Marui is actually made of 6 buildings, carrying a variety of items. I am not sure which one I visited, but you can use the picture above for reference.