I saw this poster in the window of a esthé salon in Shin Okubo, advertising a facial treatment that supposedly delivers that holy grail of Japanese pulchritude, the “small face.” … Continue Reading Head Shrinking, Japanese Style
If you’re anything like me, you weren’t aware of a burning desire on the part of the Japanese populace to buy a device that makes potato chips in a microwave. … Continue Reading Nuke Your Own Potato Chips!
If you had a burning desire for Elvis to be alive and running a ramen shop near Yoyogi Park – conveniently located, of course, for the leather-jacketed, ducktailed rockabilly dancers’ … Continue Reading Rockabilly Daruma
Here in Japan, occasionally I’m brought up short by a completely unexpected question. In the line at the supermarket: “Would you like that fruit gift-wrapped?” At the post office, trying … Continue Reading Custom Engraved Lipstick
Saw this in the window of a shop at the Aki-Oka artists’ colony under the train tracks in Akihabara. Hacoa specializes in beautiful modern things made of wood: computer stuff … Continue Reading Need. Wooden. Keyboard.
Picked up this flyer yesterday at the Deorart Punk-Lolita boutique. For only ¥7000, you can avoid that awkward moment when you bite into someone’s neck and experience fang fail. If … Continue Reading Your Very Own Made-To-Order Fangs
Last night this was: four slices of fish past their eat-by date, a banana peel, three used teabags, two handfuls of soybean pods, an eggshell, and various don’t-look-too-close flotsam caught … Continue Reading Personal Size Incinerator
My temporary rental cellphone has an “Interpreter” tool that translates hundreds of useful phrases into English, Chinese or Korean. All the Japanese traveler has to do is search the situation … Continue Reading Phrases Every International Traveler Will Never Need
Used to be that Japanese people kept cool in the summer by hanging little bells that rang in the barest breeze, gazing at goldfish in clear globes, and listening to … Continue Reading Winter In A Can
Picked up a flyer at Loft today for this revolutionary new slimming device, the Boneless Belt Series. Just looking at myself in the mirror while wearing this might make me … Continue Reading What’s this supposed to do? Shame you into shape?
Saw this new kind of cigarette in a vending machine today. You crush the x-marks-the-spot “ice ball” before lighting up and get a righteous hit of menthol with your nicotine. … Continue Reading Ice Ball Smokes