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Moon Prism Power Makeup — with actual base and foundation from Shiseido Maquillage!

You’ve seen Sailor Moon transformed by the magic of Moon Prism Power, but now the series has collaborated with Shiseido to create real makeup that girls can actually use!

Fans of the long running series should be delighted to hear that actual Sailor Moon-themed makeup will be released from Shiseido Maquillage this spring. That’s right, our favorite pretty soldier has teamed up with the Maquillage brand from Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido to take on the hugely important task of helping girls achieve perfect-looking skin.

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There will be two items in the Sailor Moon x Maquillage collaboration lineup. First we have a set that includes the Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation and a matching limited edition special design compact case that will be priced at 3,500 yen (US$30.50).

▼ The foundation and sponge fits in the beautiful compact case.

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The second item is a set of the same Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation in a smaller size combined with the Dramatic Skin Sensor Base UV makeup base also in a limited edition bottle, to be available for 2,600 yen.

▼ Makeup base and foundation should be a good start to beautiful looking skin.

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Coming from Shiseido, the makeup items naturally aren’t all just fancy decoration, but genuine beauty products. The makeup base is designed to continue giving your skin a more beautiful finish than immediately after applying makeup for extended periods of time, and the foundation is a mousse-based powder type made to let you achieve the look of naturally beautiful skin, so it sounds like using the base and foundation should work quite a bit of magic! Both sets are available in two shades (ocher 10 and ocher 20), from which you can choose based on your skin tone.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a collaboration without the fancy decorations, so they’ve made sure there’s plenty of that as well.

▼ The compact case for the foundation comes decorated with patterns
of the transformation brooch and the sailor soldiers’ planetary symbols.

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▼ It’s also colored in lovely pink and blue hues that symbolize the bright
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▼ The cap of the makeup base is also decorated with the same Sailor Moon patterns for a touch of that magical sparkle.

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They also had a special set containing the makeup base, foundation, and compact case along with a special pouch and sticker available exclusively for pre-order through the Premium Bandai shopping site, but these apparently sold out in about one day and is sadly no longer on sale on the site.

You can, however, still buy the two sets we introduced above when they become available starting April 21 at drug stores and supermarkets across Japan or through Shiseido’s online shop. Here’s to the very real magic of makeup, which we can rely on even without the help of Moon Prism Power… though it can’t hurt if you apply it with a Spiral Heat Moon Rod brush.

Source: Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project Official Site
Top Image: Shiseido Sailor Moon x Maquillage special site
Insert Images: Premium Bandai online shop

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Relax to the smell of….. chocolate

Who doesn’t love the scent of chocolate, right? Well you can now indulge in that sweet smell to your heart’s content with this unique product from Japanese incense maker Koukando. The Osaka-based company that has been creating incense-related products for over 130 years will be offering their new “The Memories of Scent: Chocolate (jumble pack)” incense starting February 1, just in time for Valentine’s Day, when everything turns chocolate-themed in Japan.

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This is actually the third in their line of  “Express your thoughts with scents of precious memories” incense products, of which previous items included coffee and mikan (mandarin orange). According to Koukando the concept behind this product series is the sharing of fond everyday memories, as the incense in this line is designed as offerings for ancestors as opposed to personal recreational use. They took in customers’ opinions on over 50 different scents before deciding on chocolate as a smell that people associate with pleasant memories and something that you would give to loved ones. Specifically, the product’s scent is supposed to be that of sweet milk chocolate.

▼ The packaging definitely makes it look like a box of chocolates instead of incense.

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The incense will be available next month at a price of 850 yen (US$7.42) per box at mass retailers, Buddhism and incense-related shops, and online as well. We have to admit, the smell of chocolate does seem to be soothing (or is that just for this writer?) and if you want to immerse yourself in that sweet scent, this incense might be the healthiest way to do so.

My wife will use it for a special “valentine” yoga class…..now all I have to do is find some chocolate inspired yoga music….

Source, images: @Press press release
Reference: Koukando website

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Heavy snow turns Kyoto into a dream

According to locals, this much snow only falls once every two years in Kyoto.

With so many unique and historic monuments, Kyoto has one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it one of the most fascinating and beautiful places to visit in all of Japan. While the ancient city has an alluring, atmospheric beauty at any time of the year, there’s one particular time when the temples and shrines here become even more exquisite, and that’s when the area is covered in a white sheet of soft powder snow.

This weekend, Kyoto received its coldest winter days yet, with heavy snowfall hitting the city in what locals say is a rare event that only occurs only once every two years. Despite the intense cold, photographers braved the snow to capture some of the area’s most iconic sites at their most beautiful, creating images that makes us feel like we’ve stepped back in time to the feudal era. Let’s take a look below at some of the gorgeous scenes from the wintry weekend.

The famous Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji, drew a large number of crowds who came to gaze at the glistening beauty of ice crystals contrasted against a shade of brilliant gold.

▼ Tourists and locals alike clamoured to catch a glimpse of Kinkakuji in the snow.
▼ Another iconic spot to draw crowds on the weekend was Kiyomizu-dera.
The view of the snow-covered pagoda was one of the many sights that could be enjoyed in the well-known Higashiyama district.
Arashiyama, to the west of the city center, and its beautiful bamboo forest also became ethereal sites of beauty on the weekend…
…while this photographer stepped out in a blizzard to capture the beauty of Pontocho, a narrow street lined with secluded restaurants, in the snow.
Kifune Jinja held a special free light-up event until 8:00 p.m. so visitors could enjoy the unique atmosphere on the grounds of their Shinto shrine in the evening.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates, was another site that enthralled visitors.
It really doesn’t matter when you visit Kyoto, it is one the most beautiful cities in Japan, but you have to admit that a white layer of snow gives it something extra….
Source: Net Lab
Featured image: Twitter/@gokurakucyo

Get ultra lazy in this luxurious Zetton chair.

As (pretend)head of a family of five, I often have hard decisions to make when it comes to budgeting. Spend our money on retainers  or get a new BBQ set, buy winter coats for the kids or a Victoria Secret set for the missus….choices, choices, decisions, decisions..being a dad is hard at some times. Once in a blue moon however something pops up and spending my hard earned cash on it seems like a no-brainer and unimportant things like school tuition and life insurance payments fade to the back of my wallet.

When I was a child there was always a “father chair” in the house, a chair you wouldn’t sit down in without asking your old man’s permission. A beautiful leather  throne which you warn your hyper energetic friend about not to sit in when dad was around.

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My father would sit in it smoking his pipe and  we mortals crawled up on the sofa while watching “The six million dollar man”. Well I found my chair and I am going to get it and nobody will be allowed to sit in it without my permission…so it won’t be in the living room because I have lost all authority there, same goes for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, but I`ll use it at the office, a place where people still respect my sandwich labeled “boss” in the fridge and use close to polite language when addressing me…

Meet the Zetton Chair!

Made out of fine Italian Leather(Italian cows?) and sewn by skilled craftsmen, this premium chair was made to commemorate the first Ultraman TV broadcast fifty years ago.

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While Zetton isn’t the most handsome lad, somehow the folks of Karimoku Furniture and MAN OF ULTRA have incorporated all characteristics  which make Zetton such a ugly monster into a most beautiful chair. The wrinkled white arms and legs which remind you of an 80 year old love in a swimsuit, the way its black skin covers those milky arms like a loose swimsuit… The back is fitted with deformed shaped studs which were mounted one by one and resemble Zetton rear side perfectly.

Call it furniture, call it art, you don’t have to be an Ultraman lover to appreciate this chair, it’s not only well designed, it’s also extremely well made with the finest materials and it’s comfy…ooooh so comfy with its “3D net” cushion material and soft leather which wrapped around your body make you resemble a tortilla.

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It comes with a ottoman to lay your tired feet on…

The backrest resembles Zetton’s chest pattern

The price for this is 500.000 yen, not cheap, but no good furniture is and this chair will last you a life time. I always say “if you have the dough, let it flow!” and if you don’t then you can always sell a kidney on the black market…trust me this chair is worth it.

Serge Roso JWS

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A perfect school girl uniform/blanket to keep you warm during the cold winter days.

Regular visitors of this blog and website, know about our love for that little weird Japanese company called Bibi Lab…they create things which not only bring a smile to your face, but also actually enrich our comforts.

▼ Say hello to the “Sera Kore Wearable Blanket Type Sailor Uniform Pyjamas”.

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Now that we’re all used to the idea of a fleecy school uniform, thanks to Bibi Lab’s previous roomwear collections, the company is now giving us a wearable blanket that looks like a sailor uniform. Despite the “pajama” classification, this roomy outfit is designed to keep the wearer warm while lounging around at home.

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The long, flared skirt style makes it easy to walk around the house, and even twirl around in like a schoolgirl if you want to, but the design really comes into its own when worn in a seated position.

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According to the makers, this is when it becomes a “Self Kotatsu”, meaning it traps heat around the legs in the same way as a kotatsu, which is a low, blanketed table equipped with a heater underneath.

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And because the outfit doubles as pyjamas, you won’t have to worry about getting changed and exposing your skin to the cold before bedtime. Although it might feel strange at first to drift off to sleep while wearing a Japanese-style uniform.

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▼ We wonder if Japanese schoolgirls wish they could wear this at school instead of their own uniforms, to help cope with those freezing classrooms.

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The thick fleece material extends to the sailor-style collar, which means people around you can use the outfit to keep their hands warm too!

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The wearable blanket is if you live in Japan, currently available to purchase from online retailers like Village Vanguard, , if not just fill out the form below. It’s sold in one size and has a recommended retail price of 9,720 yen (US$85.66). With so many weird yet wonderful features, we’re sure this is going to be another popular hit for the Bibi Lab team!

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Japan’s new Nurse Maid Dress combines two playfully iconic looks in one charming outfit

Can’t choose between the two popular motifs? Now you don’t have to.

Japanese fashion label Sukiyaki often pays homage to a specific anime franchise. In the past we’ve seen the brand release dresses based on Cardcaptor Sakura and virtual idol Hatsune Miku.

But Sukiyaki doesn’t need a specific anime tie-in to show off its playful creative talents. This time, it’s taken two of Japan’s most popular costume motifs, the maid outfit and the nurse’s uniform, and combined them into the Nurse Maid Dress.

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Making liberal use of frills and crosses, the complete regalia consists of a dress, cap, apron, and ribbon. Mixing and matching the pieces allows you to get quite a bit of variety from the set (which is machine-washable).

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The snap-button design helps keep everything neat and tidy, and also provides a visual slimming effect for the wearer’s silhouette.

▼ Sukiyaki is in no way shy about touting the outfit’s anime-style aesthetics.

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Sukiyaki is billing this as the first entry in its new Fantasy Maid line, although so far the company is mum on what other motifs will be added, or when. For now, though, the Nurse Maid Dress can be ordered priced at 13,824 yen (US$134).

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We will go to the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store and get you any of these items!

We paid a visit to the original megastore in Ikebukuro to see what it had to offer. We found an enormous amount of exclusive stationery, candies, keychains, clothes and mountains upon mountains of adorably cute plushies. Join us for a quick tour of the store and gaze in wonder at the great number of things a Pokémon can adorn.

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Don’t be fooled by the space-age starkness of the open-plan store – there are more Pokémon discoveries to be made here than you would imagine!

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First up, there are several large statues around the store, including Pikachu riding on the back of a Mega Charizard Y, which is the exclusive mascot for this store. The pair appear on a variety of merchandise available for sale at the Ikebukuro branch only.

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▼ Located far away from Mega Charizard Y is Mega Charizard X, taking up a corner of the ceiling towards the back of the store.

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▼ As you walk through the area you’ll stumble upon Mega Lucario and Mewtwo too.

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While the statues are glorious, they certainly don’t have the power to distract us from all the merchandise! Let’s take a closer look at what you can find in-store.

1. Sweets and snacks

These will have your inner child squealing with delight. Not only is there a wide variety of products and flavours, there’s also a huge selection of cute package designs to choose from.

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▼ Jelly drinks are priced from 120 yen (US$1.12).

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▼ Sweets start at 100 yen, making them some of the cheapest products in the shop!

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▼ These bags of gummy candies evolve in flavour as you eat them.

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▼ These sweets include built-in plastic 3-D glasses all for 100 yen.

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▼ Hard candies come in adorable cases that can be used again and again.

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If you’re after something more traditional and savoury, these character-shaped cut-out nori seaweed sheets will brighten up any bento lunchbox.

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And furikake flavoured rice toppings come in cute small packages.

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▼ There are oodles of noodles

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▼ And instant curry packs.

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▼ For sweet gift-giving, there are biscuits in some of the cutest tins we’ve ever seen!

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▼ Matcha cookies come in traditional-looking green tea tins.

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▼ These are worth buying for the cute glass jars alone!

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▼ Hmmm. Pikachu reads our minds with “I’m wondering what I should get…”

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2. Cards

While it’s hard to pull ourselves away from the cute sweetness of the snack section, we quickly spy something else that sends our hearts a-flutter: trading cards.

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This area is like a treasure trove, with customers buying boxes at a time. When we visited, a new line of Premium Champion Pack Cards was being heavily promoted in-store.

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3. Keychains

If you’re looking for small charms and keychains, there are plenty to be found, scattered in various sections around the store.

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4. Nanoblocks

You can really get to know your favourite characters by building them up using Nanoblock kits. There’s also a cute replica of Pikachu’s Battle Field to create.

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5. Smartphone covers and accessories

Dress your phone up in a wide variety of Pokémon-related designs.

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▼ If you like the traditional Japanese look, the red flower-filled case on the right includes an image of a Maiko Pikachu, the mascot for the Kyoto store.

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6. Tableware

You won’t ever be far from your favourite characters with these adorable melamine plates, cups and bowls.

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▼ The small ceramic rice bowls are adorable too.

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▼ Adults and kids alike will fall hard for these beautiful bento lunch boxes.

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7. Stationery

Japan knows how to do stationery well, and with a huge variety of reasonably-priced cute Pokémon items, it will be hard to choose what to walk away with when there are pens, pencils, notebooks, stamps or even a roll of brightly coloured adhesive tape.

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8. Pokéballs!

A whole wall is dedicated to the Poké Deru Gacha 2.0 series by Takara Tomy.

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9. Pokémon raffle tickets

If you’re feeling lucky, take a chance at one of the two Pokémon raffles available in-store.

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10. Apparel

Inject a bit of Pokémon fashion into your style, with a variety of different T-shirts, shorts, bags, and socks available.

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▼ They even have adorable Pikachu slippers!

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11. Tissues and wet wipes

You’ll always be keen to wipe your nose if it means you get to take these cute packages out of your pocket!

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12. Pikachu Sponges

That’s right – you can now wash with Pikachu.

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13. Plush Toys

If you’re hunting for plushies, you’ll find them absolutely everywhere, in all sorts of cute shapes and sizes.

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14. Pokemon Red and Blue Sprite Goods

Released this year, the nostalgic series features tiny menu sprites from the original games.

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15. Gacha Machine Pins

Collect tiny Japanese street signs taken over by a cheeky Pikachu!

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16. Seasonal Pokémon

Available for a limited time, the seasonal ranges can be extremely sought after. When we visited, they still had the Easter 2016 range in-store, featuring easter-egg shaped characters on pouches, towels, T-shirts, tableware, micro-bead cushions and more.

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17. The Sepia Graffiti Range

Wonderfully cute in its understated beauty, these sketch-based designs come on stickers, stationery, towels, cushions and bags.

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18. Fashion Accessories

Watches, rings, and card and coin cases feature the bright yellow colour of Pikachu.

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19. Pillows and Pillow Cases

Because naptime is much more exciting with the face of an electric pokémon by your side!

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20. Figurines 

There are racks and racks of figurines on display.

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The only problem is choosing which ones to take home.

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo unscathed! A little lighter in the wallet, perhaps, but if you do find some coins in your pocket, there are still games to be played outside.

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There are now two pokemon megastores in Tokyo, so the change we’ll find your desired product has just increased by 50%, or is it 200%..I’ve never been a math person…

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We can get you anything from Japan to anywhere..the cheapest way!