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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pop-up hot dog toaster — Cross-cultural

America company came up with the two-in-one, “Hot Dog Toaster” that allows hot dog and bun to be toasted at the same time.

Just drop two hotdogs and buns into the toaster and waits for it to pop up, simple as that. No messy cleaning after hot dog makings. And you don’t have to know how to cook to be able use it. It has been a hit with Americans after its release.

Now, will Japan enjoy the same great response as well? (-C-)…
Well, it is not the habit of Japanese to have hot dogs for breakfast or even meals.
So my bet will be that there won’t be much demands here.
But there will still be Japanese who wants one because of the cute retro design and reasonable price. To use the toaster or not is another matter… (*’-v-)?

I find the habit and cultural difference between countries extremely interesting. And it amuse me how a new product could be born because of a country & its people’s habits.

※ You can get this hot dog toaster at at the price of $19.
Simple and easy hot dog maker for breakfast

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ViVi model Lena Fujii’s fall fashion coordination

Renown model, Fujii Lena has been featured frequently on the cover of ViVi and many fashion brand magazines. Although she is well-known for her sweet looks, but she has versatile styles when it come to fashion.

A few of Fujii’s autumn coordinates pickups from ViVi.

Please inquire through the blue button at the bottom for more details about these coordinates.

Japan fashion trend / glamorous retro & street fashion

1~2. Fujii shows how rock style can be glamorous, with this simple, girlish dress.
She changes her wardrobe to cool street fashion by coordinating jacket with denim short.
Fujii looks cute in anything. o(*^_^*)o

  • 1-1. Retro style, simple fitting A-line dress / 7,350yen
  • 1-2. Angora V neck cardigan (Sweet leopard print) / 5,985yen
  • 1-3. Lame ribbon hairband / 2,625yen
  • 1-4. Gemstone necklace / 5,250yen
  • 1-5. Metallic tight (lame) / 2,940yen
  • 1.6. Brown steeple wedge bootie / 13,650yen
    Laguna Moon
  • 2-1. Classic button jacket / 16,800yen
  • 2-2. Black cat print T-shirt / 3,390yen
  • 2-3. Denim short / 6,930yen
  • 2-4. Hat / 7,980yen
  • 2-5. Leopard print stole / 4,935yen
  • 2-6. Burgandy bostan bag / 12,600yen
  • 2-7. Ladies wing tip short boot / 11,550yen
ViVi model / Lena Fujii's fashion styles

3~5. Fujii carries off well with the stylish and unique fur vest wool combination jacket in the first style. She became the cool and trendy career woman next and turned sexy and flirtatious in the cool monotone style.
Wow! Fujii proved that she is capable of many faces.

  • 3-1. Stylish long coat with fur vest / 9,980yen
  • 3-2. Autumn floral jeggings / 11,980yen
  • 3-3. Black chiffon top / 4,980yen
  • 3-4. Wedge shoes (EMODA x TSURU ANNE ) / 15,979yen
  • 4-1. Classic drape cardigan / 7,980yen
  • 4-2. Black rose print long sleeve T-Shirt / 4,980yen
  • 4-3. High waist tight skirt / 5,980yen
  • 4-4. Red wool beret / 4,980yen
  • 4-5. ZIPPER doctor bag / 9,980yen
  • 4-6. Wrap wedge shoes with ankle strap / 7,980yen
  • 5-1. Loose layered knit dress / 6,980yen
  • 5-2. Tight fit high neck top / 4,480yen
  • 5-3. Black wool beret / 4,980yen
  • 5-4. FLOWER shaped jewellery necklace / 5,980yen
  • 5-5. Ladies black pipeline boot / 12,980yen

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Marukome / Miso soup dispenser

The MISO soup dispenser (*o*)/
The Japanese has a new dispenser to add to their list besides beverage dispenser machines.

Miso maker, “Marukome”, came up with the new type miso soup dispenser. The latest one is more of a mini version. “Small and stylish” is the concept which was designed with office use in mind.

And what’s more, it allows a generous four types of ingredient toppings!! Toppings containing collagen is expected to enjoy popularity with women and the one containing corbicula will be the popular choice for men.

Japanese’s love for MISO soup is understandable. Lunch set that comes with rice and miso soup is Japanese food culture. Sipping a bowl of hot miso soup during the cold winter is another “tasty” experience, I would say (^_-)

Doesn’t it sound cool to own a dispenser? And the price of miso dispenser is reasonably cool too! You get to bring this home for just 3,480yen (machine only).

Netizens agreed that the dispenser is cheap, but there are voices that the maintenance is going to be a tough one (^^;;)

Japanese food culture / Miso soup

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Japan’s autumn fashion / Sweet casual dresses

Casual and sweet autumn dresses pickups from Ray magazine.
Check these fashion coordinates out if you are looking for some unique yet simple coordinate ideas for dates or events.

Japanese fashion / cute, girly, monotone, chic styles

1~2. Black trapeze dress featuring cute large with drape flower collar. Peter pan collar white dress, featuring short fur sleeves, sheer shoulder detail. Great! We are seeing more sweet and girlish styles in Japanese style monotone dresses.

  • 1-1. Cute trapeze monotone dress (DURAS ambient) / 11,550yen
  • 1-2. Chain bag (Samantha Vega) / 22,050yen
  • 1-3. Headband (Stella hollywood) / 5,250yen
  • 2-1. Short sleeved with fur, peter pan collar dress (DazyClair) / 12,600yen
  • 2-2. Chain bag (rich ari) / 12,390yen
  • 2-3. Polka dots knee high socks (bonica dot) / 1,995yen

3. Checked prints fashion enjoy great popularity in Japan. And with this vintage-like tartan dress decorated with cute frills around the sleeves, you are ready to set off to London (^_^)

  • 3-1. Fit flare tweed dress (green & red) with frills on sleeves / 17,640yen
  • 3-2. Bag / 6,090yen
  • 3-3. Female bowler hat (minirdees) / 4,410yen
  • 3-4. Green ankle-strap pumps (ESPERANZA) / 9,345yen
Japanese fashion / Sweet, girly, relax styles

4. This dress is going to lift your mood to even the gloomiest day in autumn. The bright pink color and sweet floral print gives a very retro feel without being showy. The sweet girl next door style look.

  • 4-1. Sleeveless fit & flare dress in pink floral prints / 18,900yen
  • 4-2. 2way denim bag (Samantha Vega) / 19,425yen
  • 4-3. Gray tight / 2,520yen

5~6. Over-the-knee boots continue their trend into this year. Besides making the legs look longer, they go well with and look so feminine with dresses.

  • 5-1. Shirt dress in blue & white stripes (Zara) / 5,990yen
  • 5-2. Small pink chain bag / 12,600yen
  • 5-3. Female beret hat (elianegigi) / 2,940yen
  • 5-4. Suede knee boot (REZOY) / 13,440yen
  • 6-1. White tank flare dress with ribbon on waist (elianegigi) / 7,350yen
  • 6-2. Black & white horizontal stripe cardigan (FREE’S PHRASE) / 9,975yen
  • 6-3. Female casquette Cap (Headstar) / 5,040yen
  • 6-4. Red enamel bag / 7,980yen
  • 6-5. Knee boot / 20,790yen

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Japanese fashion magazines Oct/Nov issues

Magazine freebies for October & November issues. Some magazines had made their release two weeks ago, but I still pick them up for those wanting a reference.

There are a lot more fashion magazines in Japan. Please feel free to ask any even if they are not listed here.

For more details, please inquire through the blue button at the bottom.

Harrods / WHITE LABEL tote Bag

Lily Brown / Flat leather clutch bag (Size:L28.5 X H21cm)

ROBERTA DI CAMERINO / Small bicolor wallet
(Size:L10 X H8 X W3cm)

HOUSE of JILLSTUART / Floral prints pouch (lucky charm attached) & scrunchie (hair accessory)
(Pouch Size:L21 X H11cm)

L’EST ROSE / bag with pouch (3 Outer pockets, 4 inner pockets, 1 pouch)
(Size:L25 X H17 X W9cm)

Coach / multi-case with notebook & post-it note
(Size:L11.5 X H16.5cm)

Snidel / Floral prints 2 way tote bag (3 outer pockets)
(Size: L40 X H21.5 X W13cm)

LIZ LISA DOLL / Socks (heart prints) & Double sided (Thick + fine types) color pen (2x) & Double sided highlighter (1x)

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Toilet Bike Neo – TOTO’s funny invention

Japanese toilet maker, has developed the world’s first motorcycle, “Toilet Bike Neo” that runs on waste as fuel.

Toilet bike Neo has the capability to cover a distance of 300km when full tank and it runs at a maximum speed of 80km/hr, if you are wondering if it lives up to the function of a motorcycle.
And the rider gets to have his private toilet seat throughout the whole journey. (^_-)

Good! Just when I am thinking that this will be extremely useful to the rider’s in one of their long roadtrips…

Actually, Toilet Bike Neo runs on bio-gas fuel from the waste of livestock and household waste water. It does not have the mechanism to run on human’s excrement. This bike is a tool for promoting eco-friendly environment awareness.

It is now going around Japan and is making a current stop at Hokkaido’s sapporo station.

TOTO has no plan to manufacture toilet bike, but it will be interesting if we ever see this in the market.

The bike even has a roll of huge toilet paper at the back (^-^)
Eco-friendly motorcycle

Female rider looks cool on the bike too!
toilet bike neo

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Japanese autumn fashion trend / Classic dresses

Japanese autumn style’s sweet classic dresses pick ups from ViVi magazine.

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Japanese fashion trend / classic dresses / velour, lace, peplum

1~3. Classic dresses are still a hit in Japan. Classic dresses are plain and boring?
No, not in Japan. Japanese designers are coming up with classic dresses in sweeter accent. Small fanciful details are added without altering the classic theme.

Classic lace dress teamed with tiered and cute overlap sleeves, use of velour fabric on fit & flare dress, corset design peplum tencel dress, are some stylish classics dresses shown here.

  • 1-1. Lace tiered dress (tity&Co.) / 8,925yen
  • 1-2. Chain bag / 9,975yen
  • 1-3. Bow headband (Honey mi Honey) / 4,200yen
  • 2-1. Fit and tuck flare velour dress (Mercury Duo) / 12,915yen
  • 2-2. Necklace embellish with pearl & ribbon (Honey mi Honey) / 6,825yen
  • 2-3. Bow barrette (choosy chu) / 1,995yen
  • 3-1. Tencel corset peplum dress (dazzlin) / 8400yen
  • 3-2. Tight fitting lace bodice top (jouetie) / 4,935yen
  • 3-3. Leopard print clutch bag / 4,935yen
  • 3-4. Hat with cat ears (choosy chu) / 3,990yen

Japanese autumn dresses / lace & tulle

★ 4. Traditional, boring lace gives way to this cute, girly, baby doll style dress having two layers of different laces design.

  • 4-1. Lace dress (dazzlin) / 7,350yen
  • 4-2. Chain bag (Jemica) / 5,985yen
  • 4-3. Hairband (Dip Drops) / 1,490yen

★ 5. A simple, classic and elegant dress featuring delicate embroidered bodice with embellished sequins on it. Tulle layering on the skirt added volume and sweetness.

Good for events, parties and formal occasions.

  • 5-1. Embroidered bodice tulle flare dress (MERCURYDUO) / 12,600yen
  • 5-2. Pearl hairband (MERCURYDUO) / 2,625yen
  • 5-3. Embroidery clutch bag (MERCURYDUO) / 8,400yen

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Japanese food / Autumn’s delicacy, pacific saury

Autumn’s on the way? The feeling is triggered each time when typhoons after typhoons landed on Japanese islands. Strange (/_ .*)?

Talking about autumn, it is the season for eating but it seems to take forever to come. In Japan, (Pacific) Saury or “Sanma” (in Japanese), a silver, knife-shaped fish, is thought to be most delicious during autumn, though its available throughout the whole year. This is owning to the extra fat and tasty, nutritious oil , developed when they flocked to north of the Pacific Ocean from the cold northern seas.

“Ootoya”, the Japanese restaurant which I always frequent, had their “grill saury lunch set” seasonal menu ready, starting from September. That’s fast huh!

Last week, I visited “Ootoya” and was shocked to be greeted by restaurant engulfed in smoke (@@ ;;)
What’s more, the scent of the grilled fish lingering in the air,,, it invites you to order! And the place got smokier each time as orders grew (- -;;)

Although it is groundless, I felt so vigorous after each saury meal (but not towards work)

I didn’t take a picture of the set lunch on my last trip, so you will just have to do with this one, picked up from ootoya’s site.

Research studies has shown that bluefish like sauries is effective in reducing bad cholesterol and triglyceride. So more sanmas this autumn!

Japanese food / Healthy pacifc saury (autumn)

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Japanese fall fashion / Plaid & Sweet prints dresses

Two autumn dresses pick ups from Ray magazine. For plaid fashion lovers and sweet prints dresses lovers, check these two numbers out.

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Autumn fashion / Stylish, feminine plaid dress

Fit & flare plaid dress

Autumn / Tiny leafs prints sweet ruffle dress

Ruffle shirt dress

1. Fit & flare plaid dress

Sweet, classic checkered dresses are regulars in Japan.

This pretty mini dress has plenty gathers collected to create a swing dress style.
Details like scoop neck, short puff sleeves, gathered waistband design are meant to look feminine.

So get ready for date with this one!

Grey, Brown

1-1. Ribbon Beret


1-2. Pumps (hutslly)


2. Ruffle shirt dress

A sweet mini dress strewn with little leafs prints.

This lovely dress features large ruffle details at the front and long sleeves in fitted cuffs. It is elastic at the waist to give a slimmer fitting.

Autumn is not only about monotone or dull colors. “Dress to kill”!
Try pairing this dress with rich color tights like the one in the picture. For sure, it is gonna look eye-catching, even in the crowd (@o@ //)

Black, Green

2-1. Hat


2-3. Belt


2-3. Tight (bonica dot)


2-4. Pumps


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Miss universe Japan 2006 / Kurara Chibana

Do you know or remember beauty queen Kurara Chibana?
She made headlines when she represented Japan to compete in the Miss universe Pageant 2006 and was placed first runner up.

Kurara Chibana has earned herself many Japanese male admirers and female supporters after the pageant.

Kurara Chibana has a very beautiful face, but her name is very unusual even for Japanese. I don’t have a problem with her face, but I often made mistake in her name.
Its hard to remember (- – !!)

The beauty queen turned 30 years old this year and is still single (^_-)
The universe pageant which bought her fame after, had seen her accepting all sorts of challenges these few years. She had been a TV compere, is a spokesperson for some famous brands, do modelling jobs, appear in commercials, is a goodwill ambassador, so on and so forth.

Those who didn’t know Japanese probably won’t know that she is actually very brainy and knowledgeable. In the quiz program, “Discovery of the World’s Mysteries” where she shows up as one of the regulars, the way she connects her thoughts and utilizes her knowledge in tackling the quiz, tells it — She is well-known as an intellectual beauty too in Japan.

She might look elegant in TV, but standing at 173cm, I bet she will be extremely huge in real person. But again, height is her weapon which gained her international fame. And she just looks so good in the big scene in my opinion.

Japanese intellectual beauty / kurara Chibana Miss Japan 2006

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