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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 | 58 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 | 99 views
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Lingoist

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 | 84 views
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Mannequin duo twerks hard for the money

The global image of Japanese music could be forever altered by the audio-visual explosion that is Far East Mention Mannequin—better known as FEMM. The surging currents of American electrohop, J-electro and Eurotrance that dominate the duo’s refreshingly in-your-face sound is powered by an even slicker image: FEMM is fronted not by people, but by two “living...

Sep 19, 2014 | 5 Comments | 881 views
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Organic tea to make getting pregnant that much easier

Once they’ve successfully concluded their konkatsu (the hunt for Mr. Right), the new next step for many Japanese women is ninkatsu—preparation for pregnancy. With this in mind, Germany-based Marien Apotheke—or Marien Yakkyoku—offers a series of organic herbal tea blends that promise to improve hormone balance and blood flow to make getting pregnant that much easier....

Sep 16, 2014 | No Comments | 51 views
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Two traditional Japanese cultural events not to be missed this fall

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy an authentic tea ceremony or experience a traditional Japanese theater performance, the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program—part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture—will offer both events this fall. The first is a Japanese tea ceremony...

Sep 4, 2014 | No Comments | 1,457 views
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