Japanese Gel Nails – Tokyo Nail Salon Mariju and Sugar Skull Nails

Mexican sugar skull, cat and glitter hard gel nail art.

When I was back in Japan in June I had to get some gel nails done. I do like doing my own, but there’s something so indulgent about the best nailists in the world working on your hands. :loveword:  I ended up picking Mariju because their designs on hotpepper mixed with their price was a great deal. Their price was 6300 yen (around $75) for full art gels at the time including removal. In Tokyo that price is hard to beat  :dotbow: Hell in America that price is hard to beat!


Mariju website: http://www.mariju.jp/
Mariju blog: http://ameblo.jp/mariju2012
Mariju on Hot Pepper: http://beauty.hotpepper.jp/kr/slnH000222944/

Their place was almost equidistant from Shibuya and Harajuku train stations in a quiet edge of Yoyogi Park.

Mariju had a usual gel set-up place where you get a lap lamp and your own tv. You just watch what they have on. I was watching during the day so they had a big news program to the retirement of a Kabuki actor and his son the successor taking over. Made me want to go see Kabuki  :cheery:

The screen to keep distance from the other client. Also you can see how she’s put out the gels to work with. Just on a paper towel.

The salon was a bit hard to find, but I was greeted by this cute nameplate.

My nailist’s awesome eyelashes and nails. I loved her eyelashes so much. She said she bought them at Donki and forgot the brand, but I loved them! Her simple white nails were quite lovely.

 My nails! She really impressed me with her sugar skull (Calavera) art.

This is the picture I found for reference. I think she did pretty amazing with it! I really love how sugar skulls are designed so I was happy to get one on my nails. Skull shapes really lend themselves towards the oval shape of nails, so it’s very fun to play with them.

She asked what kind of cat I wanted, since I didn’t bring a reference so I just said whatever she felt like. She also owned a cat so she was happy to do them.  :peace:

I liked the cosy atmosphere of Mariju. Only 3 seats so it was very intimate. Their prices are so good I might go back. $75 for full art including removal is really hard to find. :lovecat:




  1. November 21, 2012 / 2:10 pm

    Wow they are looking amazing!!
    I’d love to let my nails get done in Tokyo, too…but I never had gel nails..and I’m kinda too poor..haha

  2. Britany
    November 21, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    what a cool nail design!!! it looks really pretty :D

  3. November 21, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Woah, they look so gorgeous! Ah~ it’s really so lovely, I can’t say enough <333

  4. November 22, 2012 / 4:45 am

    Wow, those are amazing! The sugarskull design is really awesome. And gold glitter is always good ofcourse ;)

  5. November 22, 2012 / 6:34 am

    Ooooooo, they are really cute!! I wish I could get gels done, but I can’t wear any thing on my nails for college T3T

    Kitty xox

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  7. November 23, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    The nailist is really talented! The cats she designed on your nails match the calavera so well!

  8. December 1, 2012 / 12:24 am

    thats a good sugar skull!! i love it! haha i dont think i can do that on myself…

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