Eyelid glue? Check!
Colored circle contacts? Check!
Long curled eyelashes? Oh no! Quick, get thee to the eyelash salon!
Seems like there’s a shop on every corner promising Japanese women the long curled eyelashes of their dreams. Because Asian eyes have single fold lids, eyelashes tend to point straight down instead of out, and Japanese eyelashes tend to be short and straight rather than long and curled. Girls are often seen on the train using one of those medieval-torture-device-like eyelash curlers, crimping their natural ones into submission.
But if you’ve got a stack of spare ¥1000 notes lying around, you can have an aesthetician painstakingly glue extensions on every lash. Prices vary according to how many individual lashes you want glued: forty extended upper lashes cost about $34, a hundred upper lashes cost about $70, eighty upper and twenty lower is $87. The three pictures above correspond with the set prices, suggesting that the cheapest one makes you look Natural, the mid-range boosts you up to Gorgeous, and the most expensive is guaranteed to make you Sexy.
And all of them move you that much closer to looking like Asuka from Evangelion…
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!