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Mother’s Little Eyedrop Helper


Ewww! Eyedrops! Get those things away from me no no no no no no you’re not putting something in my eye blink blink blink blink!

Okay, I admit it, I’m a princessey fairy wussy when it comes to eyedrops. Which is why I thought SQUICK SQUICK SQUICK when I first saw this product at Tokyu Hands. Despite their diabolically cheery faces, I assumed they were little torture devices used to keep your lower lid open and steady the bottle while aiming an attack at your defenseless eyeball.

But then I examined it more closely. Its actually works sort of like a funnel: You hook it on your lower lid and pull it out a little, then squeeze the drops onto the plastic thing instead of into your eye. The eyedrops run down the little slide into your eyelid pocket. Achievement Unlocked!

If you’d like to visit Tokyu Hands the next time you’re in Tokyo, maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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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!

9 thoughts on “Mother’s Little Eyedrop Helper Leave a comment

  1. Oh, I had a question for you. Do host bars exist in the States? The question came up when we were working on the script for an NHK program. If a kid says he works at a “host bar”, would an American know what that means or would we need to explain?

    I should probably send this to your personal email, but I can’t find the address. 😉

    • No host bars at all in the States! Needs extensive explanation (after which all women say “I WANT TO GO!” heh.) It was quite a challenge to capture the essence when I was working on Fallen Angel, since it’s so hard for women in the U.S. to get their heads around the idea of paying a man to flirt with them. Plus, most women I know in the States don’t really see that hostly look as attractive – I guess it’s an acquired taste… (^_-)

      • Thanks for the explanation. It’s too late to do anything about the script, but we were all curious.

        Yeah, acquired taste. Most of them are too pretty/feminine for my taste. I likes my mens scruffy!

  2. Wouldn’t it just be easier to eye drop yourself without an “A Clockwork Orange”-style eyelid stretcher?

    Though this isn’t the strangest eyeball-related thing I’ve seen here!

    A good while back I was on a train headed to…… one of the other naval bases whose name I can’t remember for my maiden paintball voyage. While I was sitting on the train there was a young couple across from me. I could tell they were close, especially when the boyfriend put contact lenses in the girlfriend’s eyes.

    On a train.

    That was MOVING.

    • No way! That beats any couples weirdness I’ve seen, even at the Decadence Bar. o_O SQUIK!

      I HAVE cringed while watching girls using those weird eyelash torture devices on trains, but amazingly enough, I’ve never seen anyone actually injured by one. The thing is, the train drivers in Japan seem to be shockingly good at not making any sudden lurches – I was frankly shocked when I went back to America and experienced the roller coaster-like conditions on San Francisco public transport.

      • That’s like seeing women apply eye-pencil makeup while driving in morning traffic… Not really something a rational person would decide to do, but it’s way more common than you think. But I don’t care what the circumstances are: unless I have a large check at the end of the day, I really wouldn’t trust anybody to put anything in or around my eyeballs without some sort of MD.

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