20 Things Women Should
Know About Tokyo
is always a good thing...
is the place to go if you want to treat yourself to some
beauty treatments and pampering on your holiday. They have
a full English speaking service with monthly specials that
you can take advantage of. Whether it's a manicure, pedicure
or facial you're looking for, Boudoir has an excellent reputation.
the subject of pampering, an onsen
(Japanese bath) should be on your list while you're here.
If you're on an all girl vacation you can give each other
moral support as you all head naked to take your rejuvenating
dip. I've done it by myself but always feel a little odd
with the eyes of every Japanese woman fixed on me or throwing
me side glances. With a group of you, however, you're more
likely to be left alone so take advantage of a bonding moment
and have a good old giggle while you're at it!
on getting your haircut while you're in Tokyo? Be sure to
go to a hairdresser who is used to cutting non Asian hair.
As strange as it may sound I never realized there was a
difference in hair characteristics until I moved here. The
first time I left the hairdressers I felt I'd lost half
my hair as the hairdresser was used to thinning thicker
and heavier Asian hair. Not necessary for my fine and fly
away locks! I need the opposite. Now I've found an excellent
hairdresser who I've been using for the last 5 years. He
also speaks English so you don't need to worry about language.
Ask for Kazuhiro Kawai at the Toni
& Guy Salon in Ebisu.
more about Japan on Twitter...
great resource to help you plan your travels to Japan has
recently been launched using Twitter.
The site is Japan Discovered! and you'll
find hosts, Honor (@tokyotopia) and Shane (@ShaneSakata)
All you need to do is send in your Japan travel question
with the hashtag #japantravel and Honor and Shane will do
their best to answer you. Every Friday between 12:00 and
13:00 JST you'll find them live online. If you can't be
there during the show, send in your question and they will
include it in the blog show notes that summarize show contents
so you can easily find all the links they recommend.
To find out more about Tokyo, including accommodation options,
sightseeing tips, and essential city facts, visit Honor's
site at: http://www.tokyotopia.com
word of caution...
is illegal to bring narcotics (which include painkillers
like percocet and vicodin) into Japan without a permit.
Some U.S. over-the-counter medications are also forbidden.
However, it isn't too hard to get a permit for a 30-tablet
supply of painkillers.I have done it twice, once with a
tight deadline. See http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-medimport.html
for more information. I was able to get the correct forms
faxed to me by the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC, and
submitted my request (along with the required letter from
my doctor) by fax to the appropriate office in Japan. Be
aware that there is a different permit-granting office for
each city of entry. P.S. All
of this red tape was worth it. With my medication I was
able to treat my frequent migraines when they occurred and
enjoyed my trips to Japan.
Erica Ginter, Beltsville, USA
your chopsticks green...
a new trend in Japan. Instead of using disposible chopsticks
and polluting the environment young people are choosing
to carry their own set of My-Hashi
My-Heart reusable bamboo sticks instead.
Visitors to Japan can buy these at Natural
Lawson convenience stores for about US$7.00
a pair. They come in 30 juicy colors which the Japanese
women love to mix and match to their lipstick and nail polish
shades. I think these would make great gifts to bring home
words on Japan...
learn, if one is to see the beauty in Japan,
to like an extraordinarily restrained and delicate loveliness
(Miriam Beard, 1930)
are so often thrown by Japan. It looks
familiar but, an inch below the surface, it isn't like the
West at all.
(Cathy N Davidson, 1993)
do my best' is a favorite Japanese expression,
and, in Japan, one's best must be very, very good.
(Cathy Davidson, 1993)
in Japan is hidden. Real life has
an unlisted phone number.
(Fran Lebowitz, 1994)
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