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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,,,

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

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

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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!

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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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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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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
;+*(@`U`@)*+;

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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New Year’s Lucky Bag

It is Japanese culture to visit Shinto shrine during the New Year.
I paid mine on the 2nd day of the New Year.

Passing the snack shop on my way back, there I saw again, Lucky Bags lined up this time at the front of snack shop. They looks set to get customers!

Snacks Lucky Bags? Wow! Lucky Bags seems to be a trend, popping up everywhere…
“mister Dounut” started selling theirs before the New Year even begins.

If you are still trying to figure out what on earth is Japan’s Lucky Bag, they are bags that contain unknown random contents substantially worth more than their actual amount.
And of course I got mine which cost a mere 1,000yen per bag.

I had chosen mine by their weight, since the contents were hidden.
Want to know what are the contents?

Japanese culture, lucky bags (fukubukuro)

Lucky Bags image

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These are what I got!
How? How? Do you think they are worth 1,000yen??
I did a rough calculation and they are indeed worth more than I had paid for.

So would you consider getting a Lucky Bag for yourself?

Different types of fukubukuro

Snacks, cookies, crackers

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Welcome to Year 2013

Happy New Year from Japan!
This year is the snake year. This snake ornament will be with me for the next one year.

Mitsui outlet sale begin from today.
I am all out to get the lucky bag. Early bird gets the worm o(^-^)o 
Here I come, Mitsui outlet park ≡≡≡ヘ(*–)ノ

Wish that Year 2013 will be a good and fruitful year for everyone.

Japan winter sale (1st-Jan)

New year greetings

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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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