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A month of face painting and kids’ parades

Halloween enthusiasts looking for a month-long celebration of everything spooky should head over to Tokyo Dome City’s Happy Halloween 2014, a family-friendly event full of Halloween-themed eats and attractions. There’s plenty to keep the children entertained, such as the Halloween Kids’ Parade (registration required) held on the 18th, as well as face painting 2-4pm weekends...

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments | 140 views
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Home stuff and French toast in Jiyugaoka

Reminiscent of U.S. women’s retailer Anthropologie without the clothes, Jiyugaoka’s Timeless Comfort is one of those home shops where you covet everything in sight. The first floor has colorful, useful kitchen items including cast-iron cookware and the usual accoutrements, plus a café ensconced at the back where you can get bagel French toast for ¥702....

Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments | 338 views
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Unfold your seat on command

Face it: in Japan, the ratio of available seating to time spent waiting just sucks. Smartphone games and apps help kill the time, but what will rescue your poor aching feet? That’s where the ingenious Book Stool from Going Furniture sweeps in to save your soles. This 5cm-thick portable “book” fans out in a flash...

Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments | 187 views
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Four-in-one makeup remover

Japanese women rarely step out the door without perfectly applied makeup. But at the end of the day, makeup removal is a four-step regime including cleansing, foam wash, skin lotion and moisturizer—plus optional skin cream. U.K.-based cosmetics retailer Make It & Co. now offers a Face & Body Wash Oil (¥6,800, 200ml) that covers all...

Sep 22, 2014 | No Comments | 536 views
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18th women’s career strategy seminar

For Empowerment of Women (FEW) is inviting all self-identified women to attend its 18th Career Strategy Seminar this October. The event offers a platform for women in Japan wanting to take charge of their careers, presenting an opportunity to listen, exchange information and learn from notable speakers including Lori Henderson, Executive Director of the British...

Sep 22, 2014 | No Comments | 1,304 views
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For a satisfying salon experience

Last time we used the verb suffix “-te kudasai” in school. With a bit of embellishment, it can serve you just as well at the salon, or biyo-in—not to be confused with the byo-in, or hospital! JP: Katto wo onegai shimasu.  EN: I’d like a haircut/trim. JP: Angelina Jolie mitai ni shite kudasai. EN: Please make my hair like...

Sep 21, 2014 | No Comments | 137 views
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