Tag Archives: Japan

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 Black appliances used to be so outdated and sent people in every direction possible in search of silver or white but I think Panasonic might be reviving a come-back!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


Etiquette Check!

26 Feb

When I first saw these, I wanted one without even finding out what they were. The pop-design and colours were so alluringly attractive but when I found out what they really were, I went, “Huh? People actually need this?”

These gadgets, from Tanita, have evolved a long way from its predecessors in the market. They are bad-breathe detection gadgets. Just breathe into one of these cutesy thingamajigs and one of six faces display whether you really need to be popping in a mint or go gargle with mouthwash or just skip your meeting/ interview and cry at home.

It’s cute, user-friendly and pop-design is supposed to entice the salarymen/ OL crowd to buy this even though you could probably save about 40 dollars by just popping a mint everytime you’re unsure.

Source: Domani Web, Tanita

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.

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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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Trend Spotting: Vitamin Water

21 Feb

Vitamin water has been popular in Tokyo for sometime now but it was only quite recent that I’ve seen them surfacing here.

I didn’t think very much of it when I first saw it because we’re used to all sorts of enhanced, flavoured beverages in Japan. When I saw more girls at work starting to drink it, I did a quick search and found more info on it.

Originating from the US, Vitamin Water is the brainchild of Darius Bikoff who thought that it would be a great idea to combine vitamins and water, making it a convenient way for people to get their vitamins on the go. Vitamin Water is already an icon in the US, promoting active lifestyles in a range of names cleverly positioned to promise what they could the following:- defense, boost, spark and focus, to name a few.

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Beautiful Lace Palettes from Elegance Cosmetics

20 Feb

Elegance Cosmetics エレガンス  コスメティックス is a brand from Japan that is perhaps not so well known outside of the country. Their latest range of products has been gaining hype in several of the magazines I’ve been reading lately so I thought I’d check them out on the internet.

Their latest range Collection Printemps 2011 was only released 2 days ago. The lip and eyeshadow palettes are absolutely gorgeous to look at.

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