Shiseido sells a line of shampoo and body washes in Japan that touts “mother’s milk” as a component. Ew! Do these Shiseido products really have breast milk in them? Turns out they don’t (phew), but rather, the beauty company is trying to sell “the concept of mother’s milk,” which apparently means pulling nutrients from other… More »
When it comes to beauty products (and fashion, for that matter), you can always count on Japan for crazy out-there trends. And with a new decade comes new inventions, and more ways to spend money on your appearance. These inventions are already a big hit in Japan, so they have a fair chance of being… More »
I’ve heard of some strange lingerie in my time, but the Nice Cup in Bra, comin’ at ya straight outta Japan, is probably one of the more bizarre. That green bustier? It magically transforms into a putting green. In Japan, there’s a golfing boom among young women — “those women always on the go” More »
In our digital age, that old hand-to-mouth trick to check your breath is so passé. (Plus unreliable if you just caressed your hands with some scented lotion. Ahh, guava patchouli breath … mmm. Kidding.) That’s why there’s this Date Breath Checker, a hilarious Japanese (of course) gadget that reads the levels of grossness on your… More »
And now for the latest in crazy Japanese products: the Beauty Waist Cushion, an ergonomically designed pillow which will give you a rockin’ bod just by sleeping on it. The Beauty Waist is “designed to enforce healthy posture and the tightening of key muscles, which in turn encourages an ideal body shape.” Wow, and to… More »
Apparently, “Vogue”-era Madonna is still very in. [Cabaret Aki and Jackal Kuzu for Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets, Tokyo, 10/23/09] … More »
Cell phones are getting smarter and smarter. With Apple’s genius, there’s an app for just about everything. But now Japan has decided that their cell phones are style savvy enough to help girls decide what to wear.
Mobile carrier KDDI recently launched EZ MyStyling, a Flash application that allows you to not only… More »
Do your boobs hang low, do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie ‘em in a knot, can you tie ‘em in a bow?
We would certainly hope not. (And if they do, we’d advise you to look into a little thing called plastic surgery. Kidding.) Unless, of course, you’re all about… More »
Hip NYC boutique-turned-empire of sorts Opening Ceremony opens in Japan next week, complete with an indie star-studded — Jena Malone, Jason Schwartzman, etc. — video series meant to promote the whole enchilada. We’re sure the Japanese are rather excited about the coming of Opening Ceremony’s particular brand of fashion-y hipster cool clothes. But WTF… More »
In Tokyo yesterday, Jessica Simpson tweeted: “Thought i was hallucinating during a 6.6 earthquake in japan. i have never felt anything like this in my life. laying in bed watching cnn.” Now, every time there’s an earthquake in Los Angeles, people will think, “Let me twote dat.” Just like us, celebrities experience life’s natural disasters. More »
While the recession has wreaked havoc on relationships here, in Japan it’s given a better name to what used to be a naughty profession: hostessing. Hostess clubs are akin to gentlemen’s clubs, only they’re all about non-sexual attention—beautiful women are paid to tend to men’s drinks, light their cigarettes, and laugh at their lame jokes. More »
Meet Nisan, a 37-year-old man who lives with his parents outside a suburb of Toyko. Now meet his girlfriend Nemu, who is about 12 years old.
Nisan’s girlfriend isn’t a real 12-year-old girl, fortunately. She’s a body pillow with a picture of an X-rated anime character on it, from a game called Da Capo. More »
While most businesses in Japan are crashing, the hotel industry has found a way to “stimulate” the economy. Giving new meaning to the term “love shack,” the country’s love hotels are racking up some serious tail. Chock full of “amenities” like DVD players, karaoke machines, makeup, custom rubbers and hot tubs, love hotels are open… More »
Bagelheads isn’t a slang term for my people, the Jews, it’s actually a bizarre new beauty trend in Japan. The country that brought you the husband hunting bra and nose stretcher has now spawned a new body modification trend that looks straight out of a delicatessen.
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While most couples are trying to lessen the expense of their wedding during these tough economic times, couples in Japan actually rent extra family members, friends, and coworkers. In Japan, a wedding is seen as a formal event, so it must be attended by as many people as possible. Bosses usually give speeches and colleagues… More »
The next time you hear, “Houston, we have a problem,” you know it’s not day-old boxer stink.
Koichi Wakata, a Japanese astronaut living aboard the International Space Station for the next three months, is testing J-ware undies made by the Japan Women’s University in Tokyo. J-ware’s magic undies kill bacteria, absorb water, and dry… More »
A 40-year-old Japanese man named Tatsuhiko Kawata has been sentenced to five years in jail for having cold feet and a cold, cold heart. Kawata, who had been married since 1994, started cheating on his wife three years ago with another woman whom he agreed to marry last October at the Risonare hotel. Still married… More »
Canon and some 1,300 other companies in Japan are forcing their employees to leave work early twice a week in an attempt to encourage them to go home and make babies. The country has one of the world’s lowest birth rates in the world, well below what is needed to maintain its population. Some think… More »