145 :The first British who came to Japan 400 years ago

(The picture is SUQQU Designing Eyes 133)

Hi Everyone, 

I have once asked a Hakuhodo shop manager what was the best about Hakuhodo brushes ?

Her answer was:

‘The best thing is that we don’t have to spend much time on makeup.

People are busy in the morning. ‘

If you can be ready, not spending long on makeup, it will make life easy.

That was what she liked about Hakuhodo most.

People have many reasons to buy Kumano brushes, and I wonder if this is a common idea.

I feel people buy or choose a brush based on a type of hair, type of handle, being rare(limited), a brand, etc.

What do you think ?



I often write about a history of Japanese culture.

With internet on hand, it is so easy to check history of the areas I am interested in.


The other day, I came across the first Samurai from Europe. He was a British. His name was William Adams. He came to Japan in 1600, the year when Edo period began.


After the one-year and 10 months on the ship, he landed Kyushu, near Fukuoka.

He met Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo, and was hired as a consultant on Foreign Affairs. 


He was then named Miura Anjin after a seaport near Hakone, got married to a Japanese women and had two children. 

It was the end of the Warrior Period, and Ieyasu Tokugawa must have thought Miura Anjin could bring a new technology to a war.

Ieyasu liked him very much, and gave Anjin land near Yokohama and Anjin became a Daimyo, a feudal lord.  He built ships and traveled to China and Thailand.

He died in 1620, and in 1639 Japan closed the country to the world which lasted till 1854.

He may not have been able to land in Japan if it was later in the century.

In the 16th century, many missionaries came to Japan from Portugal and Spain. Those are times Japanese met Western people.

And the first African, who came with a missionary, became a disciple of Nobunaga Oda, maybe the most talent warrior at that time.

Anjin was the first Samurai and Daimyo, who came from abroad, so he is remembered well among Japanese.

In fact, there is a Ryokan (Japanese type of hotel called Anjin) in Izu and Anjin festival.

Maybe next time you come to Japan and enjoy Onsen, you may be thinking as if you are the first foreign Daimyo.

(Anjin Festival)


I am taking an order for SUQQU August: please let me know if you are interested.

Thank you for reading,

Toshiya


I googled Kumano brush

Hi Everyone,

I went to Shinjuku and bought one soap of Takeda. Takeda has a shop at department store as Hakuhodo has.

Hakuhodo is a brand which invests most on retail shops.

There are many makeup brush companies in a small town in Hiroshima, so the competition must be hard. One company sells new hair and others follow.

Chikuhodo began to sell silver fox first. Now Koyudo and Takeda does it as well.

These are Takeda Silver fox.

Silver fox is soft like grey squirrel but resilient as goat.

I have sold Chikuhodo Silver Fox and the feedback has been good so far.

I was told that the process of cleaning Silver fox hair takes time.

Maybe that is one reason that it is expensive.



I visit many makeup shops, and ask if they know makeup brushes.

They often know Hakuhodo, but the others are not known by shop employees much.

I feel there are more fans of Kumano brushes outside Japan. In fact, my instagram is followed more by foreigners.

So I checked Kumano brushes on the web.

I checked Rakuten Market by Kumanofude. Here are brushes by good reviews. (Rakuten is the biggest online shop in Japan, along with Amazon)

https://search.rakuten.co.jp/search/mall/%E7%86%8A%E9%87%8E%E7%AD%86/?s=6

熊野筆 is kumanofude, if you want to google it.

You see many companies: they look like products provided big Kumano brush companies and are sold as own brands.


While I take orders every day, I receive a question daily about brushes and makeup, and it may be interesting to write about it.

Today, I was asked how AB-HC of Bisyodo is compared with J210 Hakuhodo.

Both are goat, and Bisyodo officially says it is Saikoho. I don’t think Hakuhodo has Saikoho now. They just say ‘goat.’ Maybe at Hakuhodo, Saikoho is mixed with other kinds. And they don’t say Saikoho unless it is 100%.

Here is feedback from a client who uses both.

“AB-HC is more fluffy than J210.
J210 is a little bit softer than AB-HC.
AB-HC can be used more than J210 to parts of face”


Your question is welcome and I will look into it and will share it in my blog if you don’t mind.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

Fude Japan cheek brush

(the picture is ADDICTION cheek polish)

Hi Everyone, 


I began to go to a sports gym where we need to wear a mask and have our temperature measured at the entrance. 

I wonder this type of arrangement will be permanent under this circumstance.


With a mask, I feel I consume more calories, though.


Now restaurants and shops open and operate as usual. It seems that people go out at night as well….


There are still very few tourists in Tokyo.
Have you ever been to a quick sushi place?


It is an automated sushi where sushi is carried by a belt conveyor. It is called ‘Kaiten Sushi.’ ‘Kaiten’ means revolving and it is usually a belt conveyor.

Maybe you have been there if you travel to Japan.


One plate usually costs 100 to 200 yen (1 to 2 USD) with 2 nigiri sushi, and I find it very convenient when I am hungry and I don’t have time. 


The first Kaiten sushi was opened in 1958 in Osaka, by a person called Shiraishi san. Shiraishi saw a belt conveyor in a beer factory and thought it could help busy employees.


He created a place to eat sushi standing in 1947, and changed it to a belt conveyor style in 1958.

Sushi is regarded expensive food on a special occasion e.g family dinner.
So fast food style and sushi waas not a good match, but apparently Kaiten Sushi makes a niche ( or a big ) market now.


There is an ideal speed of a conveyor for a customer to think and decide to take a plate. It is 0.14km/hour, well I don’t know how fast it is…


The sushi place is called ‘Genroku Sushi.’ and now it is VERY big.

This is a good example to create an idea. An idea doesn’t have to be innovative. A good idea is born when you combine exisiting ideas from different industries or fields.

Shiraishi combined sushi with a belt conveyor.


I guess that is what I need to do – combine existing ideas.

I am not able to create completely new brushes as famous makeup artists do. I need to hear what clients say and add those elements to current products.


This is one small step I make now – I will add a cheek brush to Fude Japan.

It will be made by Kyureido, with grey squirrel.

I will let you know when I begin to sell them.

These brushes will consist of

Cheek

Eyeshadow L

Eyeshadow M

Eyeshadow S

I will keep you updated,

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

Isetan Limited in June- RMK and Laduree

Hi Everyone, 


Tsuyu (rainy season in Japan) has not come to Tokyo yet, but it is raining every day.  I wonder which is better,  33C sunny & humid day or rainy day.
In July and August, Japan has very little rain except for Typhoon. 

This summer will be even more difficulty as people wear a mask.


I have been to Isetan a lot these days.  They provide good service, and they have many limited products to Isetan.

(Isetan and Hankyu have many own limited products. )

Besides, fewer people are shopping at Isetan than before, and I can buy products quickly and comfortably.


This is Isetan limited RMK products – Ukiyoe Modern. 


Ukiyoe is painting that was very popular during Edo Period (1603-1867). It is made from woodblock prints, so that it was easy to copy the original. 
People were able to buy them at a reasonable price, and it became popular among people.

(This is a painting by Utamaro)


These are Laduree limited.

Lasting Pressed Powder 4800 yen

Glittering Eye Color 3000 yen

Pressed Cheek N Mini 3600 yen

Please let me know if you are interested in these limited products.


I had  a call from Laduree shop manager, who will be on her maternity leave.


That was nice of her, and maybe only second or third time to get a call from shop outside business.

Only one company called me after the ‘stayhome.’ It was Mikimoto, and it really impressed me )

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EMS is not still working.
I am talking to DHL and FedEX now. I will try using DHL this week!


Thank you for reading.

Toshiya

How much does a Japanese single pay for a pet?

Hi Everyone, 


I visited Isetan yesterday. 


It looks like I visit Isetan almost daily, LOL.


Istan Shinjuku is the No.1 department store in the women fashion.  Maybe No.1 department store all round in Japan. 


Hankyu Umeda has a good reputation but I haven’t been there.  Umeda is in Osaka, and it takes almost 3 hours by super express.


I have read that Isetan and Hankyu had the best service. I wrote as the past tense, as some people say it is not true anymore.  I can stil see a different between Isetan and others. Isetan employees seem to know products well. They also move and reply quickly.

There are always some exhibits at stairs like this:

(at Isetan stairs)


I had an interesting chat with a shop manager of makeup company.


He is 188cm tall and good looking so he stands out at the makeup floor. He says his father is a Spanish with 2m tall, and that is how he becomes tall.  His mother is Japanese.


What he is good at is that he sees me as someone who buys on behalf of others and  doesn’t talk a lot about makeup, LOL. 


Topics of yesterday was a dog. 


He said, ‘he has three dogs.’ Bulldog, Irish Setter and Chihuahua.
Very rarely  I see an English bulldog in Japan so I asked how much he paid.
He said ‘840,000 yen!’ (8000 USD)


I joked to him how good the company paid but still….

He says that he is single and that he doesn’t spend much money on anything else so it was not a difficult decision. 


Those dogs with a different shape of mouth need special treatment – French bull, Pug, Bulldog, etc. So he needs to spend more time than on other dogs, but he looks happy)


Hakuhodo has a plastic cover on each brush now so that customers cannot try them now.

Here are new sets :

Please let me know if you are interested.

Thank you for reading.

Toshiya

Shaquda Daily cleaner

Hi Everyone, 


It seems that life in Tokyo goes back normal.
I can see commuting trains are not as crowded as before.  When I take a subway at 7pm, which is usually packed, there is a big space between people. 


All the department stores are now open. 
I went to Isetan to buy Dolce & Gabbana.  Though it was crowded, I saw a half as many people as usual. 


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Japanese ‘lockdown’ has not been as strict as those of some other countries. 
It still remains to be answered how Japan recovered, but I can tell wherever I go, people wear a mask.  Almost 100%. 


One thing I can say is that people usually wear a mask to prevent themselves from being infected by influenza in winter.  People make it routine to wear a mask. 

Some women wear a mask when they don’t do makeup.

You can say mask has been a Japanese culture before the corona virus , and now there are more and more fashionable ones.


I have received orders for SHAQUDA brush cleaner. 
I asked a client of mine why she liked, and here is her reply. 

‘The cleaner is has a lovey fresh fragrance. I spray my brushes after use and wipe them on a micro fibre towel (actually I use the artis ones). It doesn’t get the foundation brushes as clean as a wash does of course but it’s enough to keep them in good condition in between washes. I particularly like it on my natural hair brushes I don’t think I’ve tried it on a synthetic brush. I am very happy with it.’

Please let me know if you have any questions.

If you used Hakuhodo soap or Koyudo cleaner, please let me know.

Thank you for reading,

Toshiya