157 Why are Japanese people so indirect ?

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday, I posted Holiday collection of SUQQU in November.

There will be another one of SUQQU- skin care from December, with VIALUME, a new skincare product.

Laduree will also have a Holiday collection in December, too.


I bought 2 eyeshadow palettes today – one from Etvos, the other from THREE.

The Etvos one is limited, called Vintage Glitter. 4800 yen

THREE has 3 eyeshadow in August. 7800 yen each. This is No.3.

Both are relatively new brands, emphasizing skin friendly materials.

Shiseido has Snow Beauty 2020. This is 12000 yen with a refill.


Yesterday, I introduced Tamage and Kolinsky brushes of Kihitsu.

Both hairs are in short supply, like Canadian squirrel.

But, I found many calligraphy brushes in Tamage, so maybe there is an old stock.

This is from Rakuten site.

Here is a link for Hakuhodo that explains hair types.

http://en.hakuho-do.co.jp/user_data/learn_material.php

Hakuhodo uses a word ‘Blue squirrel’ instead of ‘Grey squirrel.’


I came across an interesting concept the other day, which explains the communication style of Japanese. 

Have you ever experienced a hard time when communicating with Japanese ?

Japanese are indirect? Well, it is true that we don’t say yes or no so clearly sometimes.

They are called  ‘High and Low Content cultures.’ by some researchers.

High Content culture is that people have the same experience, background, value etc. so you don’t have to communicate in a detailed level.

They understand ( assume ) what people expect. The Low Content is the opposite. 

Japan is a high context culture, which explains the vagueness of the Japan society very well.

One example is the structure of the Japanese language.

We don’t say what the subject is in a Japanese conversation.

In most of Japanese conversations, we don’t say ‘ I’ or ‘we’ or ‘she’ etc.

We start a sentence with a ‘verb’ not with a subject.

And

We judge or guess who the subject is in the context of a conversation or the atmosphere.

The atmosphere is called ‘air’ between people, and 空気 in Japanese.

When ‘air’ is well guessed, a conversation goes smooth.

I will read more and explain better in the future!

I will read more and write about it in a next blog.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

156 Koyudo BP and Fupa, SUQQU Holiday collection

Hi Everyone, 

I received an order for Kihitsu BP series:

BP039 Tamage -2000 yen

BP017 Pine Squirrel – 5940 yen

Those are made by Koyudo for Kihitsu, which sells them as its own brand.

As you might know, Kihitsu has been a sales company of Koyudo so all the Kihitsu brushes are made by Koyudo.

I keep getting orders for Kihitsu kolisky set – 6111 yen

It is amazing that people find brushes on the web site only in Japanese from all over the world.


Now Koyudo doesn’t make fu-pa. It is called f- series in synthetic.

I think there are some stock left for the old fupa’s and I am checking.

http://www.koyudo.co.jp/shopbrand/newfupa

BP production is limited to BP001 to BP023. 

http://www.koyudo.co.jp/shopbrand/bpseries

Kihitsu has own versions of BP and fu-pa but not all of them. 

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SUQQU holiday collection was posted to instagram.

 

There are an eyeshadow palette, two lipsticks and two blushes. 

Please let me know if you are interested. 

Eyeshadow 10800 yen

Blush 6600

Lipstick 6000 yen

It is November 1, and I will take a reservation from now.


I will introduce 2020 Holiday collections when they come out.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

155 Kihitsu brushes

Hi Everyone,

In July, people complained there was too much rain, now no rain at all in August….

Yesterday, I posted a picture of Body Pierces.

It is not my main product but I buy products based on my clients’ requests.

I will try to get products you like, though Kumano brushes and department items are familiar to me and easier.

Please let me know products that are not related to makeup or brushes but something you can get only in Japan.

If it is Shibuya or Shinjuku, I can go. Ueno is not close, and Narita is far, LOL. I will tell you if it is difficult or takes time.

I was advised by a client of mine that Koyudo sold out an eyeshadow brush in Tamage, BP039.

Kihitsu has some inventory of BP039, so I want to introduce the Kihitsu Tamage eyeshadow.

By the way, Kihitsu sells Koyudo products so their products are made at the Koyudo factories.

It is in Tamage, which is in short supply these days.

She also found a Kolinsky brush set from the Kihitsu online shop.

It is 6111 yen at a sales price.

Please let me know if you are interested.

This sales price 6111 yen is good for kolinsky.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

154 Busy day today

(Shibuya Station)

Hi Everyone,

Today was a busy day.

I made a lot of small trips.

My morning started with exercising at gym.

I don’t spend more than one hour gym, rather I go there every day.

If it is a hard exercise, I will end up with going once or twice a week. Eventually, I don’t get to go to gym at all. So I have decided to make it short and simple. This has been working well for me so far.

Then, I went to a dentist for cleaning teeth after three months. Obviously, two months of lockdown made it difficult to go there.

By the way, we have (too) many dentists in Japan or Tokyo. Therefore, it is a hard industry to survive, and dentists have become so gentle, LOL.

When I was a kid in a small town in Hiroshima, there were very very few dentists so that it was hard to choose a good one or I was not able to choose….

Another hard one is a taxi driver. They are very nice compared to a decade ago.

Anyway, my dentist has a son studying in USA, and I spent time on talking with him about his son. He has just left Japan, so I asked how the airport was.

Empty, he said.

His son is playing golf at university, and I think it very helpful to get him immersed into a different culture. Something in common.

Then I went to body piercing shop in Shinjuku. It was in Alta, in front of Shinjuku Station.

Then I visited Isetan to buy the following products.

IPSA

This liquid foundations is the most popular one, a shop told me.

12000 yen

Celvoke

I asked if one of the eyeshadow palette color is the same as one small eyeshadow.

NARS

Then went to Shibuya SUQQU.

It sounds like many trips I made , but actually with subway it was easy.

From Shibuya to Shinjuku, it takes only 10 minutes.

It is 40C in some places in Japan, and I feel I am in sauna….

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

153 Cheek / Highlight brushes for cream and liquid makeup

Hi Everyone,

It is 40C in some areas in Japan, and it is 35 to 37 C in Tokyo.

People seem to be back to department stores to avoid the heat.

The increasing number of people get corona virus, and with a mask, it is harder to walk outside in the heat.

The other day I was asked which brushes are good for cream or liquid.

One of my clients recommended to use the following brushes.

For Buffing

Bisyodo – ABHC – this is saikoho goat hair. 4400 yen

Hakuhodo – J5521 goat hair, 3600 yen

For tap Use,

Weasle / Kolinsky Or Fox Silver is better

Chikuhodo – RLQ2 Weasel 6800 yen

Chikuhodo – GSN08 Weasel 4500 yen

Takeda – 19LF EX Saikoho 9600 yen

Most of makeup brands now move to brushes with synthetic.

The exception is Kanebo group (SUQQU, RMK, Lunasol, Kanebo ) .

Kumano brushes seem to try to keep the same though hair is in short supply.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

152 Fude Japan brush – 2

Hi Everyone, 


I received many messages to congratulate on my brushes.  Thank you very much!

I want to write the background why I have own products in this blog.


It is normal for business to buy many brushes upfront and sell them till the stock gets zero.  Many retailers do this type of business.

I chose not to do so and I have been doing business of buying and selling products only when requested by clients. This is no-inventory business.

It takes time and I sometimes lose opportunities to sell more as I don’t have a stock.

It is, though, risky to keep an inventory as it puts pressure on cash.  It also takes time to sell all products or it is not unusual to have many products left in the warehouse (well, maybe a warehouse is not needed for brushes)

As a small start-up business, I wanted to begin small, which allows me to fail or try many times. It is not avoidable to fail when we begin business.

Failure is nature of business.

One win, and nine loses. That is a low winning ratio, but it is how business is.


This time, I decided to have my own products. 
My current business is to buy many kinds of products, from brushes to makeup, clothes, chocolate … That has been fun, and I will continue to do so because that service can be unique. 


But it takes time, and the profits are not good for time spent.


I have come to think it important to have ‘my products’ that will support my business in a long run.


I have been thinking about these products:

White Canadian squirrel

Red Canadian squirrel 

Yakusugi handles 

Rare products like P-FO.


I want to sell those products, but the hair is so scarce that I need to wait. 

So,
my brushes are made by Kyureido, which makes some high-end Japanese brands. I trust their qualities, so it is a good start.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya

These are pictures of ADDICTION eyeshadows, Decorte face powder in December and Guerlain limited lip cases.

151 Fude Japan brush

Hi Everyone,

It is August and it seems summer has arrived in Japan.

It was 30C today, and I expect it to begin to be hot from this week.

With many rainy days, I hope summer days are not as many as usual.

There will be many limited makeup products in August.

I came to Shibuya to buy SUQQU.

As most of them are limited, I can only buy them a little by little though a shop makes it easy to buy them. I appreciate their flexibility.

SUQQU is a Kanebo company, belonging to the same company as RMK.

SUQQU is one of Japanese brands who are selling in Europe. They are aggressive internationally.

I heard there are some shops in London.

RMK’s director was Rumiko, who moved to Amplitude.

Amplitude is a POLA company, and THREE and Amplitude belong to the same group.

Once Laduree shop person told me that Amplitude skincare must be good as Rumiko is a director.

SUQQU Blush compact

SUQQU eyeshadow 133

After SUQQU, I went to Estee Lauder.

They said that people made a long line to buy SUQQU in the morning.

I was asked if I wanted an Estee Lauder lipstick to be engraved. So I stopped buying them and decided to ask if my clients wanted them to be engraved or not.

It is nice service. Dior has the same service too.

The lip color on the left is called ‘Konkatsu pink.’

They said that some Japanese girls come to buy ‘ I want a konkatsu lip.’

‘Konkatsu’ literally means ‘marriage seeking activity.’ A recently invented word in Japan.

I visited SUQQU at 2:30 PM to avoid a rush, but still it was crowded.

I was asked to sit in a seat where people get a face massage.

It was quiet and private space I enjoyed in center of a busy shop.

I felt good, LOL


Another news is that I started my own brush.

I asked Kyureido to make them.

Kyureido makes SUQQU and some other big brands, so I hope you will like them.

Well, some of you have bought eyeshadows, but this time I have a cheek brush.

In the future, I want a powder brush, but a little step by step.

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya