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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Shoes for spring season

Its time to warm up your cold harsh winter with some color of spring.
My spring fashion check will begin with some colorful shoes collection from Ray.

From studded to tassel pumps, bows & studs pumps and lace pumps!
Fans of flat pumps loafers must be real glad to know Japanese styles flat shoes have choices these wide to offer (*o*)!!

Artistic wedges with Kawaii handicraft-like embroideries looks set to become the next trend for Japanese platform shoes & sandals.
Oh please,,, I need one of these to parade around with m(_ _)m

The trend for platform sneakers continues through the spring. “Casualness and simplicity” —– is still the best.

Sweet, colorful floral printed pumps. Spring is in the air!

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Opera shoes, sweet embroidered handicraft-like wedges of platform shoes, flatform sneakers, floral printed pumps

  • 0. Leopard prints with metal toe design flat pump loafer (1.5cm) / 6,195yen
  • 1. Studs + tassel flat pumps loafers (camel) (1cm) / 16,590yen
  • 2. Tassel flat pumps loafers (yellow) / 3,980yen
  • 3. Studs + bow flat pumps loafers (blue) (1.5cm) (vanitybeauty) / 6,195yen
  • 4. Rose pink lace design flat pumps loafers (0.5cm) (PureSoeur) / 6,195yen
  • 5. Red glitter flat pumps loafers (clar pierce cocktail) / 16,800yen
  • 6. Platform sandals (Polka dots design on wedge) (12.5cm) (Honey Salon by foppish) / 16,800yen
  • 7. Casual platform sandals (Jute design on wedge) (11cm) / 16,800yen
  • 8. Star studs embellished three tone color platform wedge (10.5cm) / 7,245yen
  • 9. Handcraft-like embroidered wedge platform shoes (12cm) / 11,340yen
  • 10. Handcraft-like embroidered wedge platform shoes (11cm) / 17,850yen
  • 11. Glitter & studs platform sneakers (7cm) (Flapper) / 6,195yen
  • 12. Grey platform sneakers (5.5cm) / 7,245yen
  • 13. Fringe & studs plateform sneakers (5.5cm) / 7,245yen
  • 14. Floral prints pointed toe pumps (10cm) (RANDA) / 6,990yen
  • 15. One strap floral prints pumps (12cm) (vanitybeauty) / 9,345yen
  • 16. Back bow embellished Floral prints peep toe pumps (8cm) / 12,600yen
  • 17. Floral prints T-strap pumps (7.5cm) (vanitybeauty) / 6,195yen

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Japanese fashion magazines (Feb/Mar)

Magazine freebies for Feb & Mar issues. Some magazines had made their release two weeks ago, but I still included them 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.

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Hourglass belt (Posture correction waist belt)

Japanese fashion magazine Ray (Mar)

Ray - Mar issue

Les Olivades / Large tote bag that can be arranged into two shapes
(Size [shape1]: W30 X H34cm)
(Size [shape2]: W40 X H25 X D23cm)

Japanese magazine liniere (Mar)

Liniere - Mar issue

URBAN RESEARCH / Two tone tote bag (Size: W25 X H28.5 X D10cm)

Japanese magazine SPRiNG (Mar)

SPRiNG - Mar issue

Folli Follie jewelley case (Size: Diameter9 X D4cm)

Japanese magazine MORE (Feb)

MORE - Feb issue

Apuweiser-riche / Cute, denim tote bag, lace on handle (Size: W29 X H20 X D12cm)

Japanese magazine steady (Feb)

steady - Feb issue

deicy / Down jacket design tote bag in leopard prints (Size: W23 X H19 X D12cm)

Japanese magazine sweet (Feb)

sweet - Feb issue

L’OCCITANE / Sweet sakura print cosmetic pouch
(Size: Bottom Width 17 X H12 X D12cm )

Japanese magazine InRed (Feb)

InRed - Feb issue

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Japan’s Valentine Day cholocates

Japanese’s idea of Valentine’s Day is different from the rest of the world.
It is the tradition of Japanese women to give chocolates (high quality or handmade ones) to her man, on this day.

But single Japanese men, are not going home empty-handed and hurt. Because they will still get “obligatory chocolates” (giri-choco) from their female friends. Pretty funny culture, isn’t it?

Anyway, its all about chocolates on Valentine’s day here.

“Komatsuya Honten”, a bakery shop in Akita prefecture had previously made headlines for selling handmade beetle’s larvae like chocolates that look extremely real to be eaten. They made headlines again, this time round with their special Valentine edition chocolate packages.

The wrapping looks plain and ordinary. Nothing special.
Gift ideas for valentine's day

But when opened up,,,


Ugh! 5 beetle larvae pack chocolate! (5 for 1,100yen)
Shockingly real, aren’t they? w(o0o)w

Next comes “Kabuto Mushi (beetle) cake lovely pack”, Komatsuya Honten’s Valentine’s Day limited edition package. What’s so special about it?


A set white & red larvae (auspicious symbol) with Mr.beetle holding on to a heart.
Oh, my! Honestly, which guy could be thrilled & honored to get this (~0~)
Creative Japanese gifts

If “Kabuto-Mushi (beetle) cake lovely pack” is already too gross for your liking,
brace yourself for the upcoming “Hachi no ko mozomozo puchi caramel”, another Valentine limited edition package!


See!? All thanks to this disgusting “wasp larvae” like caramel, that I lost my appetite for the day (ToT) Seriously, who could eat this?
Japanese valentine days chocolates

Hey, but on a positive note, men whom are able to see these as jokes could be fun to hang out with! So girls, how about some testing session on your guys (*^-`)v

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Seasonal food / Fried oyster (Kaki Furai)

Loves winter when my favorite food fried oyster (Kaki Furai) is once again showing up on the menu of restaurants.
Japanese bread crumbs (panko) coated, “Kaki furai” is deep fried and topped with tonkatsu sauce, served with tartar sauce for dippings. Try it and you will know why I can’t resist it.

Regrettably, I had ONLY eaten it twice last year.
Of course! That was nowhere enough (-_- x)

My “Kaki Furai” eating spree started from early Dec last year.
And … that’s how the throat inflammation came about (; -__-) …

No way, I am going to stop it.
Today, its Kaki Furai AGAIN for energy top up v(^-^)v
Back to work again after that.

Autumn~winter/Japanese seasonal food
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Japanese sweet room wear & goods

Valentine’s day is less than a month to go. Here are some gift ideas, if you are thinking of getting something that’s bound to delight HER.

Ray’s cute girly room goodies. How does that sound?

Sweet, girly pyjama to warm her through the winter. Winter won’t be cold and lonely without your presence (^_-)
Color hangers to brighten up and keep her wardrobe neat and tidy.
Soft fluffy room shoes to wrap and keep her legs warm and STYLISH.

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Japanese valentine's day gift ideas

  • 1. Floral prints pink pyjama dress / 3,675yen
  • 2. Ladies pink pyjama robe / 10,290yen
  • 3. Green stripes bow embellish pyjama set / 7,875yen
  • 4. Floral prints ivory pyjama parka & pant / 3,675yen, 2,415yen

Sundries, valentine day's presents

  • 7-1. Hanger (sets of 4) (bombay duck) / 4,725yen
  • 7-2 Floral prints hanger (sets of 3) (Cath Kidston) / 2,415yen
  • 8. Cuffed pink room boots / 2,940yen
  • 9. Pink room boots / 1,995yen
  • 10. Beige slip-on room shoes / 3,990yen
  • 11. Large bow embellish light blue slippers (Princess Room) / 2,940yen

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Snowing day in Tokyo

Unexpected heavy snow, greeted Tokyo 3 days ago, paralyzing the city’s transport system. My blog took a few day’s break too (LOL)

The morning when it snowed, the room was freezing. Lying on the bed, I could hear the sound of the falling snow. Unlike the rain that goes pitter patter, snow is almost silent. But it has a rhythm that just sound so pleasant, so soothing to the ears.

The curtains, drawn aside to reveal falling flakes and streets engulfed in snow! Of course, my excitement hit the max! It rarely snow in Tokyo and this was the first this winter.

Deciding that I need a celebration, I took a train downtown to Tokyo dome.
And this proves to be an extremely bad decision!
Many times, I came close to stumbling due to the slippery ground from the frozen ice (>_<) Next, the train!
They stopped operating due to the heavy snow (v__v`)
Unbelievable! This could happen in Tokyo!?

I got myself home, finally after some big efforts. What is so interesting about snow? It sets me thinking…
But next year, I will still be looking forward to the snow again, I know.
That’s how human are, full of contradictions (LOL)

With the falling snow, Japanese houses look somehow westernized.
Japanese houses

The pictures are the only merit I could find for travelling down to Tokyo dome on a snowing day. And not to forget, lunch buffet in the hotel (^-^)v
Lunch buffet

The next day after the snow. They streets look so dirty. Where is the pure white, fluffy image of snow?? Streets after the snow

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Knits & shorts, skirts coordination

Some sweet, lovely coordination from Ray’s youthful styles selection.

The theme is coordinating soft, fluffy knits with sweet short skirts in tulle or classy embroideries designs & plaid or pastel tone shorts. Causal and girly outfits giving an energetic feel in the middle of winter!

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Japanese fashion / Cute and sweet coordinates

  • 1-1. Fluffy pink knit (INGNI) / 3,900yen
  • 1-2. Ladies denim shirt / 8,400yen
  • 1-3. Embroidered beige short skirt (Secret Magic) / 5,880yen
  • 1-4. Studs embellished black beret (Noela) / 5,250yen
  • 1-5. Bow shoulder bag with pouchette set (Honey Salon by foppish) / 13,440yen
  • 1-6. Black bow bootie / 8,990yen
  • 2-1. Gray & white knit (Honey mi Honey) / 18,900yen
  • 2-2. Ribbon embellish black tulle skirt (minirdees) / 5,985yen
  • 2-3. Wine red shoulder strap bag (miel crishunant) / 5,985yen
  • 2-4. Ruby red long boot / 3,990yen

Japan fashion / Pastel tone girly coordinates

  • 3-1. Pinkish fluffy dolman knit (INGNI) / 4,095yen
  • 3-2. Light pink short (Supreme.La.La) / 8,925yen
  • 3-3. Tartan stole (MARC 6NUMBER) / 7,980yen
  • 3-4. Bluish gray mini boston bag (quilted design) / 5,985yen
  • 3-5. Brown tassel trim long boots (miel crishunant) / 11,550yen
  • 4-1. Lavender peplum cardigan / 8,925yen
  • 4-2. Satin camisole (ROJITA) / 3,990yen
  • 4-3. Womens winter plaid shorts / 1,690yen
  • 4-4. Shoulder bag (SAC) / 8,295yen
  • 4-5. Black leather long boots / 30,450yen

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Japanese fashion layering

Fashion coordinates from Ray magazine’s “layering techniques” corner.
Four casual styles to choose from if your are in the mood to dress up for weekends or dates.

1. Salopette denim paired with shirt and cardigan got the thumbs up for the cute boyish style.
2,3. Turn sweet and girly with a short plaid skirt paired with V-neck cardigan or fit and flare tube dress over a lace black top, the winter version of wearing a tube dress.
4. Get feminine & ladylike next with maxi dress worn over turtle neck top.

With the coats on, these coordinate create an altogether different style. Have to say that I love Ray’s brilliant choice of coats!
Is any of Ray’s layering techniques helpful for you?

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Winter styles layering

Ray / Japan women fashion

Japanese fashion trend

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Auspicious symbol, Kadomatsu on New Year

Stumbled upon a company with a toppled kadomatsu on my way back from lunch.

((((((°O° ))))) Oh my gosh! The poor kadomatsu must have gotten knocked down by the north wind that chose to blow with a vengeance on this day.

Kadomatsu is meant to be an auspicious symbol, and MUST be placed upright in pairs, on the entrance just before the New Year… A toppled kadomatsu sounds awfully inauspicious (v__v`)

Its not as if a fallen Kadomatsu is going to mark the downfall of the company, but if any of the staffs were to witness this scene, they couldn’t be feeling better.

So the HERO decided to give a helping hand in restoring the toppled kadomatsu. The HERO in this subject is our boss (^__-)
Just a little helping hand, and that could probably save the company from a crisis

This year is certainly going to be a great year for our company too, all thanks to the “HEOIC” act from our boss!

Japanese tradition kadomatsu

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Japanese fashion / Winter coat coordination

Fashion coordinates for year 2013 begin with those from Ray magazine.

Without even realizing, monochromatic black and white tends to fill our wardrobe during the winter and the result can be boring.

Ray teaches how to avoid stereotype styles using red coat as the key item, to mix and match. Four convenient ways to create a variety of styles with a red coat. Feminine elegant lady-like styles? Or sweet & casual girl next door styles?
Which is your favorite?

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Japanese fashion trend / coat

Red coat (RYZA) / 33,600yen

  • 1-1. Beige shaggy fit & flare knit dress (Jayro) / 4,935yen
  • 1-2. Navy hat (Bailey) / 9,975yen
  • 1-3. Plaid clutch bag / 4,725yen
  • 1-4. Brown tight / 2,100yen
  • 2-1. Black turtleneck top (Dip Drops) / 2,990yen
  • 2-2. Yellow flare skirt (ROJITA) / 5,775yen
  • 2-3. Black hat (SLY LANG) / 3,990yen
  • 2-4. Clutch Bag / 4,725yen
  • 2-5. Green ankle strap pumps / 21,000yen

Japanese fashion trend / dress up for winter

  • 3-1. Black fit and flare sleeveless dress (Supreme.La.La) / 8,295yen
  • 3-2. Pink short knit top (Honey mi Honey) / 17,850yen
  • 3-3. Brown hat (override) / 7,665yen
  • 3-4. Clutch bag (SMIR NASLI) / 5,980yen
  • 3-5. Simple tattoo tight (Doll Kiss) / 1,995yen
  • 3-6. Black bootie (BABY PURE) / 9,345yen
  • 4-1. Sweet light pink floral prints blouse and culotte set (Dip Drops) / 5,990yen
  • 4-2. Skinny denim (LagunaMoon) / 5,985yen
  • 4-3. Black beret (arth) / 10,500yen
  • 4-4. Green + houndstooth check bag (Jewelna Rose) / 12,600yen
  • 4-5. Black ankle strap pumps (31 Sons de mode) / 11,550yen

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