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Summer Drink Twists

7 Aug

It’s that time of the year again in Japan when Summer starts to heat up and beverage companies unleash their various concoctions and twists to tempt our tastebuds. Not forgetting the popular Pepsi Ice Cucumber sometime back, we predict Pepsi DRY will come up as a top contender. Pepsi DRY has half the sugar and very good looking people modelling their drinks.

As Seen from Japan Pulse. Go here to Pepsi Japan.


Mumm Rose Champagne Cooler

17 Mar

Limited Edition only, comes this beautiful cherry-blossom pink chanpagne cooler from Champagne maker, G.H. Mumm.

Perfect for Cherry-Blosom season in Japan.

As seen on Vogue Japan.

Your Metrosexual Must-Have Gadget

15 Mar

Now, it’s not just women who are privy to fancy beauty gadgets. Increasingly, men (especially the metrosexual and most definitely our 9-to-5, Salarymen variety) are being exposed to an array of beauty and grooming products.

This gadget exfoliates, cleanses, brings out ionised negative dirt and excess oil.

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Rose-smelling Shirts for Men

6 Mar

Following my previous post on those funky, bad breathe detector gadgets, Yamaki Co. Ltd has come up with a range of rose-smelling business shirts. Embedding rose-scented micro capsules into the collars of these shirts, the scent evaporates when the fabric is rubbed or placed under pressure. These shirts cost around 3000JPY and last for around 10 washes.

Definitely a rising trend with the conscious businessmen crowd who has taken an interest in deodorising products. Newcomers to this genre include shirts and suits popular in 2010 and now this range of  Otoko Kaoru (Men who smell good) shirts.

Source: Yamaki, Japan Times

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Night Colour Series from Panasonic

1 Mar

The latest “Night Colour” series of appliances from Panasonic screams elegance and allure.

Items in this range most likely to appeal to the salarymen/ OL crowd would probably be the slim fridge (59 x 63) that’s designed to fit most match-box sized apartments. Black appliances used to be so outdated and sent people in every direction possible in search of silver or white but I think Panasonic might be reviving a come-back!

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Blvgari Champagne and Chocolates

27 Feb

The Japanese are a sucker for sets and presentation. This Blvgari Champagne and Chocolate set will inevitably send quite a few salarymen I know to reluctantly open their wallets, resulting in some OLs being incredibly happy. White day is just around the corner and this will definitely impress.

Bvlgari has an online chocolatier shop that also has shopfronts located in upper-class neighbourhoods like Omotesando and glitzy areas like Ginza, in Tokyo.
Source: Vogue Japan and Gourmet Bulgari

Longchamp Toted: ‘It’ bag for Spring

24 Feb

Longchamp’s Impérial Tote bag has been toted the ‘it’ bag for Japanese women this coming spring.

It’s about A4 size and is very versatile to go with different looks from work to afternoon tea with the girls and dates.

The tote has a zippered pocket on the back and a main compartment with magnetic clasps. On the interior, the bag is divided as such: – Continue reading

Sony HDR-PJ40V with Built-in Projector

23 Feb

Every year, the office crowd gets excited about one or two gadgets and jumps on the consumer bandwagon.

On Feb 25 2011, Sony will release it latest model. HDR-PJ40V which comes with a built-in projector. This timely release is perfect for Spring in Japan when life’s significant milestones happen- graduations, enrollments into new schools, companies and weddings.

The single most attractive feature is the projector which can be played back, wirelessly and independently. They are perfect for sharing memorable moments at a get-together.

I have a sneaky suspicion that this would be on most of the office workers’ wishlist if the price is right. For more stats and links- > Continue reading

ID Yourself

22 Feb

When I meet external vendors, I often have to wear a lanyard prominently displaying my work ID. Ive been wearing the same black fabric lanyard attached to a plastic case that the company gave me when I joined. I reckon it’s time to ditch that tacky plastic for something a little more glamorous!

Always a hit with the office ladies, the Coach ID Lanyard comes in colours as seen above.

If you’re looking for solid colours (which incidentally, is the “in” thing for spring), check out Knoxbrain Kalos. Kalos is popular with salarymen and office ladies (OLs) in Japan.

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Belated Valentine’s Day

21 Feb

The boy has just returned from a work trip (yay!) so my Valentine’s Day comes pretty late.

In Japan, Valentines’ Day is traditionally the day when women give the men in their lives chocolates. And when we say the men in our lives, we mean, bosses to dads, friends, colleagues alike. Usually a group of us ladies in the office will pool some money to buy a big box of chocolate for all the male colleagues. Or buy cheaper, individual ones. There’s a name to these chocolates. We call them, “Obligation Chocolate”.

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