Tokyo Olympic Marathon will move to Sapporo from Tokyo due to the Tokyo summer being extremely hot. Actually it is hot in Sapporo, too! I am not into Marathon but I imagine most runners have learned quite a lot about the Tokyo course…
A new shopping building opened today in Shibuya. It is the tallest building in Shibuya and 6F is devoted to makeup. Many people were waiting outside to get in. These were taken when I visited at night. The left one is Google Japan, next to this building, I didn’t know they moved to Shibuya…)
Now ADDICTION and Tom Ford can be bought in this building – ‘Scramble Square.’ Only missing is Laduree, which I have to go either Isetan or Mitsukoshi .
If you visit Japan and finish shopping at one place, you usually go to Isetan or Mitsukoshi but now you can cover most shops at Scramble and Hikarie.
Plus, 47 F will be a new sightseeing place though 2000 yen to enter, I feel, is a little too much.
Toyoko Department store, next to Hachi, will close next March, when Hakuhodo will close its shop there. I visited Hakuhodo today and found that they had 2 sets ( Please see the picture)
The right set has one brush of Canadian squirrel. (J206, G5519, S127 and S144, S127 is a Canadian squirrel brush) – 31440 yen The left pink one includes G510, B512, B232, B533 and B5511 -24000 yen
The shop told me that the factory made a Canadian squirrel brush from hair left at factory. I told them that my clients would be interested but it was one brush of the set, and not sure they would buy the set for the sake of getting a Canadian squirrel brush.
A new shopping building will open in Shibuya, and I will visit there today. I will write about it tomorrow. It is called ‘Scramble Square .’ ADDICTION, Amplitude and Tom Ford will be easier for me to visit.
An update for brushes:
Some hair is not in stock.
Silver Fox FO-1 is expected to be back in stock this week. Sorry to keep you waiting!
Canadian squirrel brushes of Hakuhodo are still out of stock.
Koyudo Canadian squirrel (red color ) is out of stock.
Koyudo White Canadian squirrel is available only in
Face M 36000 yen
cheek 21000 yen
Do you think it expensive to visit Japan?
Actually not really.
Japanese economy is stable but not growing much. Its population is decreasing. Prices in general haven’t increased much from 1990’s.
If you travel to Japan, the biggest expense except for a plane ticket will be
hotel and food.
A hotel can be chosen and such arrangements as Airbnb are gradually changing the industry.
I think food may be what you want to enjoy most. Sushi, ramen, tonkatsu, Kaiseki..
Of course, there are high-end restaurants, but you can eat good lunch and dinner at small restaurants, Maybe their English is not good, but you can point what you want, lunch is less than 1000 yen during lunchtime.
A chain store is not bad, either..
I went to Tengu for lunch and not bad all.
and the prices are around 650 yen next to Shibuya Station. It is not a fancy place, but good for lunch. It is a Izakaya at night. I took a picture of the lunch menu today.
Well, if you plan to travel to Japan, please don’t think that Japan is expensive. I think many of you who travelled to Japan agree ?
For other brands, maybe the easiest is to buy at Tau Ginza. Many prefectures have shops in Tokyo, which sell special goods to own regions. Tau is a Hiroshima shop so you can buy Kumano Fude as well as food/sweets special to Hiroshima.
Today, I want to write about a question I often receive.
‘Where should I go to buy Japanese brushes in Tokyo?’
Kumano brushes are made in Kumano, Hiroshima. You can buy at their factories or at Hiroshima Station. But Hiroshima is far from Tokyo, and maybe you don’t have time to visit Hiroshima.
I have to tell you that Japanese brush shops are not everywhere, like ‘ Matsumoto Kiyoshi’
Maybe an exception is Hakuhodo.
And that may be why the name of Hakuhodo represents Japanese brushes.
Hakuhodo can be bought at many places in Tokyo.
2 Tokyu shops in Shibuya ( will be 1 from next March, as one located next to Hachi will be closed)
Mitsukoshi in Ginza
Takashimaya in Nihonbashi
Tobu in Ikeburo
Flagship shop in Aoyama (please see pictures below)
I was chatting with a Chinese buyer the other day at Hakuhodo.
I asked where he was buying hakuhodo. His answer was one of the two at Shibuya.
He said, ‘Mitsukoshi charges a fee when he gets a tax back, Tokyu doesn’t.’
By the way, the tax rate is now 10% after October 1, and the tax free treatment to tourists gets more important.
I just called Aoyama today and found out that tax free treatment is not provided. They basically have all products and you can take a picture freely. (some department stores don’t allow pictures to be taken) So maybe it is worth visiting, but only for pictures) The staff at Aoyama speaks English.
Among Shibuya shops, one at Hikarie has more product lines so it is easier to buy at Hikarie.
It is irrelevant here, but for your information, Hakuhodo only sells at their own shops, and never uses a retailer. Therefore, I buy them at department stores at retail prices. That is why I add a fee to the price.
I feel sorry to my clients that I cannot sell at tax and fee free, like other brands, but that is why. Hakuhodo doesn’t give good future to my business to be honest, LOL, though I totally understand it is most famous brand)
Another rain this weekend. It is not heavily raining, which is good news, but we expect more rain in October.
As for makup brushes,
Hakuhodo’s Canadian squirrel is still not available.
I will let you know when I get updated.
Also, Silver Fox is late, many apologies to those who are waiting and here is a message Chikuhodo sent me. ———————————– This fox hair is totally new materials in cosmetic brush industry. We’ve studied this beautiful hair to use our regular products and established its knowhow. However still it takes longer time compared to other typical hair because of its unique hair characteristics. In addition, we’ve gotten a lot of orders than we expected so it takes long time to have a stocks now. We are trying to make as many as brush right now but apologize our inconvenience for this issue.
This weekend was a rugby weekend. Japan played a semi-final first time.
I would say Japan is a more baseball country or football (soccer ), but rugby attracts many people now – we call those fans that get fond of sports all of a sudden ‘Niwaka fanにわかファン’. I am a Niwaka fan of rugby as well)
Rugby World Cup teams have many foreign-born players. Japan is no exception. We have players from Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji, Samoa…. The captain and head coach are Kiwis and most Japanese believe thatthey are the biggest reasons why Japan is playing at this level.
After Japan lost to South Africa, Thompson, a 38-year old Kiwi who is about to retire, was speaking on the TV, and that interviewer was apparently crying. So were many viewers. My eyes were full of tears so I had to check the internet to confirm I am not the only one, LOL. Many Japanese were moved by his interview. He wanted to express what he felt in Japanese. It is not a language that made people cry.
Maybe the biggest moment in this World Cup for many Japanese.
Now four teams , NZ, England, South Africa and Wales, will play in Yokohama, and I see some seemingly rugby fans from those countries in Tokyo. I hope they also enjoy other ‘Japan’ than rugby.