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Improved Kotsuban Makura (pelvis pillow)

9 Dec

I’ve received many inquires and requests of purchase and shipment of Kotsuban Makura since I wrote the post about pelvis diet. I’ve already sold several pillows via FlutterScape while I was registered as a seller, but I had to decline all the requests since I quit the membership. Time has passed and nowadays FlutterScape also seems to have closed down before I knew.

Yet I still receive a few inquiries and purchase requests of the pelvis pillow once in a while.
I’ve wanted to write an updated post about it when I’m back from hiatus and now I’m finally doing this. 😀

In fact, the Kotsuban Makura (pelvis pillow) I introduced in the previous post was not very durable, which I found out some time later. The material was so weak that it could easily happen that the pillow ended up with making a hole that loses air. Actually that’s what happened to mine. (Sorry if that also happened to those who bought it from me. I of course wouldn’t have sold them if that had happened to me earlier. But it happened to me after a while, which was after I sold several pillows. đŸ˜Ļ )

Also as time passed, several people seemed to have gone through the same experience as mine, according to the reviews of the product. I think that’s why the maker started to make an upgraded version of Kotsuban Makura at a higher price. I bought it because I wanted to continue this diet. I felt clear difference between before and after in 2 weeks, but since the pillow had a hole, it went useless and my just-lie-down exercise has stopped since then. (My waist also went back! :S)

So this is a new version! (The cover of a book looks a bit different. I broke a box to make it less bulky. So this is a small instruction textbook that came along with the pillow.)

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Diet Coke in the Japanese version

3 Jun

I noticed I missed something interesting has become very popular while I was out of Japan. It’s sort of a diet coke in the Japanese version. 😀
KIRIN Beverage, one of the major beverage companies in Japan, has released “Mets COLA” with Tokuho mark. This means this COLA is approved by the Japanese government officially for its effect that is good for health.

It’s interesting the product is promoted by the famous anime “Ashita no Joe” in its TV commercial.

So how is it good for health?
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Once a day meal can rejuvenate humans?

7 Apr

My eyes were caught by a book titled like “Hunger makes humans healthier” in Japanese. I was so curious about it that I bought the book instantly. 😀

Can you believe this man is aged 56 or 57?
He is a doctor and he shares his knowledge from medical point of view that how human body can be healthier with small amount of food. He’s been practicing once a day meal instead of three (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for over 10 years and that is the key for the youth and health he maintains. He says in his book that he was fat and less energetic when he was 35.

Actually it was not the first time for me to see his book in a book store. I’ve been curious why he looks so young for his real age since I saw other one of his books some time ago. However, the title of this book was so intriguing! The subtitle says “Eat only 1 meal a day and you will grow 20 years younger!” OHHHH…it crossed my mind that I failed in the sleep less experiment a few years ago, but I felt like trying out what Dr. Nagumo suggests in his book and if I succeed in it, that means I can also sleep less hours and still feel great!

I’m still reading the book, so today is just an introduction. Eat less and we can live longer and healthier. We can stay younger, fit and toned. Maybe we can sleep less and feel more energetic. I also remembered it’s better to eat less when we catch a cold, because we can then save energy to cure the cold instead of using it for stomach to digest the food.

This post is to be continued. 😀
I hope I can copy Dr. Nagumo’s method. 😄 Can you live with only 1 meal a day in exchange for 20 years’ rejuvenation?

Lie down on the pelvis pillow and tone up your body!?

17 Dec

This may be one of the easiest diet methods or exercise. You simply lie down on the pelvis pillow for 3-5 minutes and your body line changes.

It’s called Kotsuban (=pelvis) Makura (=pillow) diet, or Nerudake (=Just-lie-down) diet. The red pillow comes with the mook (magazine-like book) and the whole thing costs 1050yen.

I’ve been using this pillow as instructed in the mook for about 2 weeks and I’ve already found the difference around my waist line!
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Nail Models Wanted in Tokyo!!

22 Oct

I know most of the readers of this blog are from overseas, but in case you stay in Tokyo now, I’ve got a good news! 😀

My friend Lena started working for a total beauty salon in Jiyugaoka (Tokyo) and she’s looking for nail models for her training (in her salon, constant training is required from staff for further skill improvement). It’s a good chance to have your nails done with some discount. But don’t worry it doesn’t mean that her skills are immature or something. She’s an experienced nail technician (nailist) and nail artist who has experience of working in Sweden before she relocated to Japan this year. So if you are interested and you can come to Jiyugaoka, please email Lena at nailmodeltokyo at gmail dot com and discuss for the service and price. You can also tell her that you reached her because you read TKE blog. 🙂

Now, I’ll show you my own experience with her the other day.
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Sand bath experience in Tokyo

18 Sep

It’s been a while since my terrible enzyme bath experience. But I like to try out something interesting, especially when it has something to do with beauty! So this time I experienced sand salt bathing in Tokyo. You may wonder how I find out the place. It’s Groupon. It’s sort of my pleasure to find a good deal from a website like Groupon or Travelzoo. My friends from Tokyo say that such aspect of mine is like Osakan rather than Tokyoite. Maybe true, I like Osaka in some ways. ^ ^;;

It’s located in Sasadzuka, Tokyo. It’s in a multi-tenant building. I wouldn’t feel like going up if I only passed nearby this building…^ ^;;

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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 įžŽč˛Œ which means good looks and į”ˇ 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?

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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.
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