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Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Year Eve in Tokyo

A city that doesn’t sleep, Tokyo is quiet in New year’s eve.
The bustle & hustle of Tokyo turns into a ghost town every year end, when everyone returns back to their hometown to celebrate New Year.
How I love the quiet side of Tokyo when the city can do with a rest (@^-^@)

“Shimekazari” decorated on the door of my company.

Shimekazari will be put up latest by 30th-Dec until 7th-Jan so as to prevent any evils or misfortune from entering the house. Designs are different each year.

Doesn’t this look exquisite? Can you find the crane?

Japanese New Year decorations/shimekazari to ward off evils

Shimekazari decorated at doors

And “mister Donut” joined in the promotion of “Fukubukuro” (lucky bag) (-o- ;;)

Fukubukuro are lucky bags sold only on New Year. They contained unknown random contents that is substantially worth more than their actual amount.

Fukubukuro on items other than fashion is beyond my imagination (6.6)?
For just a MERE 2,000yen mister Donut’s lucky bag comes with next snoopy goodies: 20donuts/pies + 2 food containers + ear hoodie + Calendar + Eco bag + Hand Towel.

Wow! An unbelievable bargain d(^o^)b

mister Donut (lucky bag at 2,000yen)

mister Donut's fukubukuro

mister Donut continues on the challenge journey to new products .
Look at the poster! Cream donuts and twisty pies!
I am just drooling by looking at the poster.

Note: I don’t get any advertisement fees from Mister Donut (( (- -*)(*- -) ))

Cream donut and twisty

mister Dount's new products

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Japanese snacks & crackers

The taste of Japanese are simply fantastic!
At request of a friend who simply loves Japanese cuttlefish and crackers, I made two separate trips to the nearby candy store, grasping everything that had the word “cuttlefish” written on it.
Before I knew, I had bought 2.5kg of snacks to be sent overseas (- – ;;)

I must admit that the extremely wide choices stuck me dumbfounded again after a trip to the candy store. Typical nature of Japanese food culture, great varieties, great taste! d(^o^)b

The candy shop was flooded with people looking to make their last purchases for the upcoming New Year. Japanese loves munching snacks with sake (alcoholic drinks), while watching special New Year programs like Kōhaku Uta Gassen.

And of course, I picked up a few packets of my own favourite crackers (*^-^*)
Putting on a little bit of weight during New Year can’t be helped…

And if you have some Japanese sweets in mind you want to buy, please do not hesitate to contact us for inquiries.

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Mirror rice cake for New Year

My choice of mirror rice cake for this choice — the Golden SNAKE.
According to the astrology of 12 Zodiac animals, next year is the Snake year.

After some hesitation between the choice of “Japanese beckoning cat” or “Snake”, I opted for the snake, since the choice of beckoning cat that is believed to bring good luck didn’t win me the lottery last year (v__v`)

I will placed my luck on the snake this time round (*^-^*)v

Japanese new year ornaments

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Ray / winter fashion coordinate

Scratching your head for what to wear for upcoming year end or new year dinners, parties or events? Ray magazine has came up with a corner that introduces some fashion coordinates specially for such occasions.

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

Ray / Japanese fashion trend

1. Coordinate theme: Cute, energetic feel.
Ray expressed the theme by going for a slightly bold hue with some colorful mixture by pairing up red cardigan, orange beret and argyle tights.

  • 1-1. Pinkish coat with large collars / 28,350yen
  • 1-2. Red cardigan (tity&Co.) / 5,985yen
  • 1-3. White lacy blouse with collars / 8,925yen
  • 1-4. Tweed brown doctors bag (OZOC) / 6,300yen
  • 1-5. Ladies oxford creepers (Peach John) / 3,900yen
  • 1-6. Argyle tight (OZOC) / 2,940yen
  • 1-7. Orange beret / 1,680yen

2. Coordinate theme: Casual & chic, girly.
The key to the girly looks is the pearly black skirt and tutu combination.
What’s more! Tutu turns out to be a detachable piece from a dress! Innovative huh!

  • 2-1. Women tweed down jacket (SmackyGlam) / 33,600yen
  • 2-2. Pearls embellished velour mini skirt (Pinky girls) / 3,990yen + tutu detached from sleeveless party dress (BE RADIENCE) / 12,600yen
  • 2-3. Beige campus tote bag / 27,300yen
  • 2-4. Brown Knit beret / 3,150yen
  • 2-5. Black suede long boots / 22,050yen

Ray/Japanese fashion trend for year-end events

3. Coordinate theme: Cool & feminine
Monochrome style can look very sweet with the right accessories.

Ray added a soft touch to classic black by adding a stylish cat’s ears shaped hairband, black, white gingham check stole, completed with fur fold-over cuff short bootie.

  • 3-1. Pearls embellished velour mini skirt (Pinky girls) / 3,990yen + tutu removed from elegant sleeveless dress (BE RADIENCE) / 12,600yen
  • 3-2. Black knit turtleneck with dots tulle details on shoulder (FREE’S MART) / 4,410yen
  • 3-3. Pink tote bag / 27,300yen
  • 3-4. Cat’s ears design hairband (Pinky Girls) / 2,625yen
  • 3-5. Black & white plaid stole / 2,940yen
  • 3-6. Black fur fold-over cuff bootie (DURAS ambient) / 10,290yen

4. Coordinate theme: Elegance and feminine
Japanese winter fashion has favor some fluffy or mouton details.
This coordinate has a natural earthy tone thanks to the knit pullover and mouton coat combination.

And lace dress with scallop hem is perfect for the feminine style.

  • 4-1. Mouton coat (JILLSTUART) / 24,150yen
  • 4-2. Sleeveless party dress with detachable tutu design(BE RADIENCE) / 12,600yen
  • 4-3. Pinkish knit pullover (INGNI) / 4,095yen
  • 4-4. Stripes bow hairband / 2,940yen
  • 4-5. Black tote bag (plaid details at sides) / 25,200yen
  • 4-6. Camel long boot / 36,750yen

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Japanese fashion magazines (Jan/Feb) & e-Mook

Magazine freebies for Jan & Feb issues plus e-Mook (magazine & premium gift). 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.

D.U.P / Natural look false eyelashes

Japanese fashion magazine CanCam (Feb)

CanCam - Feb issue

1. TSUMORI CHISATO / Mouton drawstring bag (Embellished with cat tag)
(Size: H25 X D15cm)

2. Sweet bear’s school illustration calendar (Size: W21 X H29cm)

Japanese fashion magazine SPRiNG (Feb)

SPRiNG - Feb issue

1. MORE & gelato pique / Floral prints mint long vanity pouch
(Size: W17 X H9 X D5.5cm)

2. Sweet floral design desktop calendar (monthly)

Japanese fashion magazine MORE (Jan)

MORE - Jan issue

BEAMS LIGHTS / Light leopard prints quilted tote bag
(Size: W26 X H29 X D11cm)

Japanese fashion magazine InRed (Jan)

InRed - Jan issue

1. BEAMS / Fanciful polka dots slip blanket (Size: W116 X H58cm)

2. Rilakkuma desktop calendar (Size: W14.5 X H14.5cm)

steady - Jan issue

Snidel / Fluffy mouton tote bag (Size: W28 X H20 X D13cm)

Japanese fashion magazine sweet (Jan)

sweet - Jan issue

MADELINE original drawstring tote bag (Size: W31 X H20 X D7cm)

MADELINE illustration drawstring bag


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Japanese style kid’s wear jinbei

Japanese style kid’s wear, jinbei as Christmas present for my soon to be 3 years nephew. Few would probably thought of buying summer wear in the middle of winter season. So its a great bargain to get these as shops are marking down the prices to clear stocks… The merit of staying in a tropical island (*^-^*)

I love the colorful jinbei of course, but who can resist those wooden clogs?
I can’t wait to see my nephew puts them on.

And a reminder that today is 21st-Dec, if it slips your mind.
According to Mayan calender, today is the doomsday.
With few more hours to go, we will be welcoming 22nd-Dec in Tokyo.
I had better hurry up to update the blog before doomsday (*^-`)v

Japanese style kids wear

Japanese summer style kids wear

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Fashion coordinate with accessories

Ray reveals some ideas of keeping up with the trend without having to splurge on a new wardrobe. Accessories are the key items to create versatile styles!

Which of these do you find most handy?

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

Japanese fashion trend with accessories

1. Feminine peplum styles has been the trend throughout this year.
Ray recommends the Japanese way of creating peplum styles with easy add-ons cute peplum belts that look like skirts.

  • 1-1. Retro polka dots peplum belt (LHS BLONDY) / 9,345yen
  • 1-2. White knit peplum belt with a tiny bow / 5,985yen

2. Bordeaux color is in. Coordinate your fashion with bordeaux color accessories like hats, belts or bags, the trick for adding a touch of elegance and sweet look.

  • 2-1. Ladies bordeaux hat / 3,990yen
  • 2-2. Bordeaux tote bag with small case set / 27,300yen
  • 2-3. Bordeaux velour bow belt / 2,940yen

3. Hair add-ons accessories like bow barrette and hairbands or cute faux fur bags for the sweet girly styles.

  • 3-1. Burgundy bow barrette / 2,625yen
  • 3-2. Faux fur pink drawstring shoulder bag (Plush&Lush) / 14,490yen
  • 3-3. Faux fur beige chain pouchette in dog shape (MIIA) / 5,775yen
  • 3-4. Pink leather bow hairband / 1,890yen

4. A must-have accessory, tartan stoles. Stylish and handy, they go well with most occasions.

  • 4-1. Ladies tartan stole (Green + white ) (Plush&Lush) / 4,725yen
  • 4-2. Ladies tartan stole (Navy + pink) (OZOC) / 3,990yen
  • 4-3. Ladies tartan stole (Red + beige) / 5,985yen

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Pale pastel christmas nails

Some lovely christmas nails collection from ViVi.
The use of pale pastel color tones to create the likes of sweet, kawaii nail designs has enjoyed great popularity during Christmas season.

Can you picture having the fantasy world with snow covered trees and houses, painted on your nails!? And perhaps, you could even heat the sound of falling snow in the silent night by just looking at them (@^-^@)v

The gorgeous and brilliant use of gold decorations like stars, studs and lines for some glittering accent on the nails. They look just like lovely wrappings and Christmas presents. Interesting huh! (^.^*!?)

And wouldn’t it be awesome to have cute little shooting stars or 2-tier cakes or even Santa as designs on your nails? Bet Santa will get delighted for an appearance chance on your nails (*^-`)v

Japanese’s fabulous Christmas themes nail ideas are simply creative and awesome.
Christmas mood is in the air… for me…

Japanese Christmas nail arts, cute lovely glittering nail, fairytale nails, Santa claus

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Japanese leather skirts coordination

Leather has become a wardrobe staple. Images that leather clothing is for hardcore bikers or cowboy are long gone.

Leather styles are enjoying popularity in Japan too. Here are some coordination techniques from Ray, showing some Japanese way of creating sweet and ladylike styles with leather skirts.

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

Japanese leather skirt coordination techniques

1. Sweet coat with bow & gemstone details with the length playing to full advantage for covering up and showing only sufficient portion of the leather. The point for the elegant look.

  • 1-1. Beige coat with bow & stone details(PROPORTION BODY DRESSING) / 19,950yen
  • 1-2. Red turtleneck knit / 8,400yen
  • 1-3. Black leather skirt / 16,800yen
  • 1-4. Off-white boston bag (YEVS) / 6,930yen
  • 1-5. Black leather ring belt details bootie / 27,300yen

2. Simple, monotone style look is the key with the tweed jacket & lace blouse.
A pair of knee high boots works to look extremely stylish and Ray adds a hat for a cute look.

  • 2-1. Off-white tweed jacket (DURAS ambient) / 22,050yen
  • 2-2. Lace blouse / 15,750yen
  • 2-3. Black leather skirt (Ray BEAMS HARAJUKU) / 10,290yen
  • 2-4. Ladies beige bowler hat (Ray BEAMS HARAJUKU) / 4,515yen
  • 2-5. Tweed pouchette (Plush&Lush) / 9,975yen
  • 2-6. Camel knee high boots (Pure Soeur) / 10,290yen

Japanese leather skirts trend

3. Keep it simple and chic. And that’s what grey ribbed shawl collar knit coat and leather skirt combination does. And accessories are important! Ray chooses a soft pale pastel bag to goes with the outfit for the sweet look.

  • 3-1. Grey ribbed shawl collar knit coat / 18,900yen
  • 3-2. Beige cut-sew in black horizontal stripes / 5,880yen
  • 3-3. Black leather skirt (dazzlin) / 6,300yen
  • 3-4. Mint green pochette (Plush&Lush) / 10,290yen
  • 3-5. Black suede wedge bootie / 12,390yen

4. Floral prints blouse goes well with pleat leather skirt. The coordination looks gorgeous and feminine.

  • 4-1. Beige blouse in floral prints (PROPORTION BODY DRESSING) / 7,560yen
  • 4-2. Beige pleat skirt (INGNI) / 4,095yen
  • 4-3. Brown tippet / 24,150yen
  • 4-4. Gemstones embellished pink bag (MERCURYDUO) / 9,975yen
  • 4-5. Brown suede wedge bootie / 10,290yen

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Cold winter in Tokyo

Tokyo generally has a mild winter with few snowfall.
But Tokyo’s winter is still a very cold one. The picture below should be able to tell.

Even the doves flocked together to sunny spots to keep themselves warm {{(>_<)}}
It is just the opposite during summer. Gathering near puddle of water and hiding under the shade of trees are what they love doing.

It is no doubt the basic instinct of living beings to adapt to the changing environment. But the “realistic action” of these doves couldn’t help but put a smile to my face (^-^)


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