Archive | August, 2011

Levitation Girl

30 Aug

Just a short post from Apple…

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Kawaii Makeover

24 Aug

Kawaii Makeover
20/NOV/2010 on air

It’s rumored that Silk-san is 50 years old. Her body and skin look so young that they do not look like the ones belonging to someone in her 50s. Silk-san debuted as a comedian 25 years ago. But she became popular especially since she released her semi-nude picture calendar before she turned 50.

What is the secret to sustain beauty and youth? She’s kept doing this facial exercise for over 10 years and 50 times of “kaeru fukkin” (=frog sit-up) everyday for 13 years. That changed her completely.

At a male exclusive esthetic salon there is a man who spends 1 million yen for esthetic treatment in 3 years. They are called “Bibo-o” (In kanji, it’s 美貌 which means good looks and 男 which means men. It’s just a coined word.). Most of them are engaged in hospitality or entertainment business or sales. The boom started from a popular men’s magazine called “Men’s Club“.

Toga-san, 43-year-old chief editor of the magazine, locates perfume and skin care goods on his desk to use for himself. He uses a steamer to moisturize his skin. He doesn’t feel like seeing people when his hair or skin condition is bad. So how is his house then? He owns more than 50 kinds of cosmetics. He had already epilated his beards and his nasal hair. Bibo-o is not just a good-looking guy but they are aiming to be a beautiful man. They can communicate with women well thanks to the common topic about beauty.

A 27-year-old man wants to be a Bibo-o. This continues at the latter part of the episode.

There is a blog written by a 18-year-old high school girl Arishan that has 70,000 daily page view. The theme is “People can change!” You will never see these are the same person. She writes how she has changed in the past 3 years since she was suffering from her plump face when she was 15. It’s in the bathroom where she updates her blog.

She has a makeover notebook that helped change her from a plump 15-year-old girl to a Dokumo. The point is to aim for a high goal. She set a goal as “to become a sales assistant for a shop in Shibuya 109”. Well, it was not Shibuya but she successfully became a shop sales assistant for a popular brand COCOLULU in her home town Utsunomiya. She aimed to be a Dokumo for some gyaru fashion magazines such as egg, ranzuki and popteen and she achieved that over 30 times.

Arishan says this notebook changed her life.

The sales floor of Yamada Denki LABI in Shinjuku is huge. They have more than 1500 kinds of beauty goods and machines there. The sales increased by 10% from last year.

Then how is the life of a woman who is obsessed with beauty machines? She uses the steamer to remove makeup, while she is checking emails. She locates the steamer near her pillow and turn the switch on so it steams her face while she is sleeping. In the morning she uses the face massager while she is selecting clothes to wear that day. Before she leaves home, she turns on the cleaning robot so it should finish cleaning her apartment before she comes back home.

Busy Japanese people cannot use time for just one task. Beauty can be maintained while we do something different. It’s called “Nagara Kaden boom” in Japan, which means to operate machines while doing something else. Why Panasonic noticed this trend and demand? They surveyed “When and what occasion do people want to do something for improvement of their beauty?” And most of the answers were “while we are sleeping!”. They produced a beauty machine with which we can still make use of our limited time. Panasonic also opened a rental powder room CLUXTA in Ikebukuro where users can rent the space and their beauty machines as well as cosmetics for 300-1000yen per visit. Most of the users are the students or workers in their 20s.

Kawakita-san, 27-year-old store manager, wants to be a Bibo-o.
The Bibo-o guy gives him instructions how to wash face for a start. He says it’s necessary to wash the face with a good lather, followed by facial scrub. Then facial pack is for 10-15 minutes. Then use a facial roller to massage the face. Lip care shouldn’t be forgotten.
Kawakita-san is encouraged to keep following this way and he even added sit-up spontaneously.

Serina-chan wants to be a Gyaru. Arishan tells her how to use the makeover notebook properly. How much weight/size/body fat rate do you want to gain? Then what do you want to do when you achieve the goal?

Kirin’s opinion:
Isn’t it too much that men have to remove their beards or nasal hair? Being hygienic is OK to me, but I personally don’t require this much for men. How about you? As for the makeover notebook, I like this idea. Actually I truly believe we can achieve most of the goals when we aim them in a correct way. In my case, I will make a big vision board with full of travel pictures and hang it in a living room. As you know, I want to be a world traveler who travel all the time and works from anywhere online.
Disclaimer: Tokyo Kawaii TV is a TV program owned and broadcasted by NHK Japan, and has nothing to do with this blog.

***There are archives of episodes listed under the page titled “Tokyo Kawaii TV” that is just located under the title banner of this blog.
***If you want to know the music that was used in the episode, please refer to this page and help yourself to find it by selecting the date when the episode was on air in Japan.

New Ghibli Movie: Kokuriko Zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)

22 Aug

This post is created by Apple and Kirin. It’s our collaboration post! 🙂
Apple’s part starts from here…

I just got to know from my friend that there is a new Ghibli movie! I didn’t know that! I’ve just searched for the trailer on Youtube and here it is! 🙂

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If I loved an Idol…from AKB48!

20 Aug

Yay! Apple’s post! She’s sharing a very fun way to learn Japanese. ^ ^

===Apple’s post starts from here===

I’ve been playing a rather interesting PSP game recently!

AKB 1/48: If I Loved an Idol

I’m sure all of you know who AKB48 is. It’s impossible not to know. They are EVERYWHERE!

But just in case you were living in a cave for the past few years, AKB48 is a Japanese female idol group advertised as “idols you can meet”. They have their own performing theater in Akihabara (thus the group name AKB, the short form for Akiba, which is a short form for Akihabara) where fans can see them live everyday. The group is huge and split into 4 teams, Team A, Team K, Team B, and Team 4.

Anyway, I have never really got into the AKB48 craze because I was a fan of Morning Musume! Hahaha! And if you were a fan of Morning Musume like me too, and you compare the looks of AKB48 members with the looks of Morning Musume…(sorry to be shallow again!) don’t you think members of Morning Musume are so much more cuter???

And 48 members are just crazy (actually, even more if you add in Team 4’s members. I have no idea what Team 4 is for, I’m sorry!)! I heard from my friend that they change the members frequently too. I looked at their poster and I couldn’t even find one that I thought was really cute. Many of them also looked like each other. (Fans, please don’t bite me!)

And then…one day, I chanced upon a random Youtube video about this PSP game!

This game was actually released last year (Ok, so I was living in a cave like you too after all. Hahaha!), and it’s a dating fantasy game!!!!


Doesn’t it look interesting to you???
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16 Aug

Suddenly I noticed I needed green and nature. So I decided to go to Okutama next morning with no specific plan. Just do and see!
Okutama is Tokyo but it’s pretty different from the city part of Tokyo where we reside.

But my husband started to be worried and he came to join me with Pi-chan! Wow. OK! Then we decided to rent a car and this was a big mistake! lol
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Japanese clothing brands -office clothes-

12 Aug

At office, what kind of clothes are women supposed to wear in Japan? It’s called “office casual” and it’s basically clean, tidy, conservative type of clothes and that should not be too casual or sexy. Like what? I found a top 10 most popular office clothes brands in Japan supported by Japanese office workers.

information source: MSN Japan

No.1 Natural Beauty Basic

I see! When you enter one of their stores, most of the colors you see will be beige, gray, brown, navy blue, white, black… (Above you see red but such kind of color is not often found from their shops…) I can say it’s safe to choose whatever clothes from this brand when you want to wear it at the office. Also, these colors and styles are so basic that they match most of other colors or designed clothes. Thus having a few items from this brand will be helpful to think of everyday’s coordination for work. The price is also affordable.
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TKE blog's random update

6 Aug

Hi everyone!
Thank you for reading TKE blog.
I’ve so far tried to update this blog every other day because I’m full of topics and passion of writing. However, I decided to slow down the frequency of update. Why? I’m honestly telling you how I’m feeling lately.

It’s true I was encouraged by the giveaway contest, as I got many nice comments, suggestions and honest opinions from TKE readers. But the thing is I’m empty now. Please don’t take it in a negative way, I’m simply empty now. I need to recharge myself.

I’ve enjoyed sharing, giving and output what I have as a Japanese woman in the past 3 years through TKE blog. I enjoyed exchanging comments and personal emails with TKE readers and I’ve made friends with many of them and actually met up with some of them in Tokyo, Europe or Singapore. I’ve done my best to take time to answer the question emails that are sent from various part of the world almost everyday. I’ve worked with some business owners who reached me through TKE blog for some business projects. My English is improved so much thanks to TKE blog. I wouldn’t say everything is achieved as I expected, but I am satisfied with what I’ve experienced and created on TKE blog.

I’m entering into a next phase of my life.
TKE blog stays as a tool to reach me. It gets updated randomly (irregularly) and only when I want to. Many readers may leave, but that’s OK. I will no longer have enough time and energy to grow TKE as much as I’ve done so far. As you already may know, I am not active on twitter or facebook from the beginning, which will not change. (I love personal emails a lot more!) It’s possible I’m interested in growing deep friendship more than speaking to you all and exchanging many comments.

Writing and speaking are what I love.
Helping people and communicating with them are also what I like so much. I noticed that through the experience of TKE blog. 🙂
But only that I feel as if I were a rag now. I need time for myself. haha… I guess I lost balance. I need to recharge myself and take care of myself more now. (Don’t worry I didn’t become depression or any kind of diseases, but just need to relax and indulge myself with something I like. Speaking of indulgence, I really want to learn Spanish intensively. Allowing myself to learn a new language is one of indulgences.)

Getting long and rambling. I will gradually change the design of TKE blog and become less active on it. I will update it irregularly but I’m more than happy to deepen friendship through email exchanges, as some of you may have experienced. But I am not active on social network sites such as twitter or facebook, even if TKE updates less frequently.

Thank you for following TKE blog. 😀
If you still like it with less update, keep following.
If you like to be connected with Kirin personally, just use this contact form or simply type the email address.
Please don’t misunderstand but I’m not closing down TKE blog nor stop updating it completely. It’s just that I no longer update every other day, but do when I want to randomly.

warmest regards,