I was talking with the beautiful Emi and Lea and we joked about all the stupid ways we’ve eaten cheap in Japan in order to afford all the clothes we wanted. One of the frequent comments I hear often is Tokyo is very expensive, and somewhat that’s true but I don’t think it has to be. I sometimes think about how much I would spend for my apartment in the states  along with eating the way I do (lots of veggies, very few carbs). It would be astronomical and impossible (Tokyo tears down old buildings unlike my 100 year old place).

This isn’t a post on eating healthy (although some things are) if you want to eat healthy I still like the post I made about eating healthy in Japan. This post is more about going beyond the tips I see everywhere else. I see the same tips everywhere, and they’re good tips, but I think we can do better! I’m going to talk about getting the most out of your money, even at the cheap places. It’s also about sample meals to get you started on how to eat cheap and stay cheap.

Some tips are for people with a stove but even without airbnb some hotels now have stoves or at least a microwave, so I am trying not to limit it to just long term residents.

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Eat plates of sushi on a budget? Sure thing!

Don’t travel to eat if you can’t bike or walk it or aren’t there already

Traveling on public transit in Japan adds up. Paying 1,000 yen ($10) to eat somewhere you’ve just thrown away $10. Even a trip like Shibuya to Shinjuku will still set you back 380 yen round trip. And Shibuya has tons of eating options.

Eat local, like hella local. If you can’t walk to it, it’s not worth it. Just start making a list of where food is near your hotel/airbnb/apartment and then main areas you’ll be in. Use this guide or google “cheap akihabara food” or anything like that. Some websites to note: time out tokyo’s cheap eats tsunagu cheap eats tokyo

Preparation is how people save money

Linked to the other tip above.

Gurunavi the website for restaurants in Japan is now in English. Start making a google map of where you’ll be of places you want to eat. Or just a list in Notes you can put on your phone. If you’re planning on visiting some area check their restaurants, you can find prices on Gurunavi without overpaying past your budget.

Also preparation is making yourself snacks for the day ahead. Instead of buying some stall food, you can eat a 79 yen banana you carried. More money for souvenirs. Or carrying your bottle of water so you don’t have to spend 120 yen on just water. These little costs add up, especially when a 400 yen meal = 3 waters bought.

Grocery stores – The cheap staples

When I read people’s how to save money on food in Japan posts it’s always saying go after 8:00pm and they mark down items. And it’s a great tip, but it’s not enough. Mark downs are fine, but let’s talk cheap staples.

But before I get to that. NOT ALL GROCERY STORES ARE THE SAME.  Chances are if you’re shopping under a department store you’re paying more and more = too much. Seiyu is the cheapest chain but that only matters if one is close to you. Other than that just stay away from department store grocery stores. They’re fancy, but they cost more.

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Eggs I bought in Japan along with some tiny pack bacon for a little protein and fat.

Eggs – are incredibly cheap and wonderfully delicious in Japan. They do use a different chicken than the US and their yolks are much darker and gorgeous. Yes I called an egg gorgeous, I love eggs!

 

Spinach, Carrots, Cabbage – Usually the cheapest vegetables no matter the season. I eat carrots as breakfast or snacks in Japan. 54 yen for a single carrot. That’s some cheap food with vitamins. Man I try to get away with saying just healthy things, but we need our veggies! A simple cheap breakfast is a piece of toast and scrambled eggs with spinach.

Bananas and in season Mikan- Often in season and often the cheapest fruit. Full of vitamins and fructose for energy. Mikan season can make oranges very cheap and I can eat a bag a day, but definitely be choosy about the season because the prices can really get expensive.

Frozen meals – Frozen meals are found within grocery stores along with frozen veggies. While they are not necessarily cheap if you’re the type of person who keeps saying they’ll cook at home but rarely does, they’re so much cheaper than always throwing out food. Or ordering that pizza when you’re tired or hungover. Always keep one frozen meal in your place if you’re staying longer than a week. What if you wake up sick? Heading sick to shop is horrible!

Tofu and Konjac – Tofu is cheap, plentiful and filling. Just find a sauce you like and nibble. Although my staple meal in language school was: scrambled tofu, one egg, spinach, and a pork/beef mix with spices. Filling, cheap and always available. Konjac is a great cheap food made from yams. It’s low carb, filling and can be shoved in soups, stir frys or anything you feel like fixing.

Late sale meats – Don’t pay full price for meats you rich kid of instagram! Discounted meat or stay veggie because meat is quite pricey in JP. Or gyudon (below)

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A spinach bakery bread plus some cheap meat along with shishito and onion.

Stop buying expensive drinks – There’s so many fun drinks on the market. Healthy ones, horrible ones everything. But it can really add up and not good filling calories. Always buy cartons of drinks. You can pour them into bottles if you’re out and about that day. But a paper carton the size of 3 drinks is usually cheaper than one bottled drink. I buy carton coffee, juice, and tea in Japan. Even in konbini they’re usually 140 yen.

Caffeine = Sun Tea or Coffee – If you bring tea bags from home or just buy in bulk in Japan you can just make sun tea (leaving a tea bag in water out for a while, preferably in the sun but it works overnight in the fridge too). Tea bags are always cheaper than buying lots of tea. Cold coffee which Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have been advertising so much is just coffee left to steep. You can buy coffee “tea bags” and do the sun tea way. All cheaper options than Starbucks or even canned coffee. If you aren’t into this, then cartons are always cheaper than individual bottles.

Convenience stores – You’re usually paying too much

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Oden the exception. That puffball is actually an egg.

Everything including that soda you want is usually 10 yen cheaper in a grocery store. Convenience doesn’t mean cheap. The rare exception is oden season (fall to spring) or snack needs. Oden is a soup made with a ton of things, but it’s incredibly cheap and filling (rocketnews on Oden). The other good reason to be in a convenience store is quick fried chicken, corn dogs (American dogs) and weiners on a stick. No not healthy, but quick and cheap.

I also make an exception for 7-11’s “salad chicken” it’s herbed and precooked. It’s really easy to use a chicken breast for two meals without clean-up. I tended to make chicken sandwiches with the herbed chicken, an egg and some spinach.

Gyudon restaurants are heaven for the poor

Gyudon chains and beef bowl restaurants that are great and battle it out for being the best, most and cheapest. The three big chains are Sukiya, Yoshinoya, and Matsuya.

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And these do get mentioned in eating cheap in Japan, but what about hacking the Gyudon?

Hack one: Order the largest gyudon and split it between two people (take out) or save the rest for tomorrow for yourself. Gyudon does keep decently. A regular size set at Matsuya is 580 yen, you can get the big size for 890 yen. Split between two meals or people you just spent 445 a meal or just $4.20.

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Hack two: Add on! Topping sets are usually cheaper than set – by – set toppings so get a topping set. Most include an egg (good for you). You may find

Hack three: Their seasonal special is often cheaper. Ultra onion? Yup it’s usually cheaper than just ordering more onion toppings.

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I got gyudon to go the night before and I am using their side kimchi the next day for lettuce wraps (bacon + kimchi in lettuce).

Gyudon is incredibly cheap. Not the best thing for you, but $5.00 meals are possible thanks to gyudon!

Tenya – Tempura on the cheap!

Tempura places in Japan can be really fancy ordeals. It’s not just a side order you find in a sushi restaurant. Instead a lot of Michelin starred restaurants in Japan are tempura places with pricey menus. However, Tenya (site) is a fabulous cheap chain in Japan.

Again you can use the big size takeaway hack to eat for two on the cheap. Their sets are their big value meals. I prefer their 上天丼 (link) with shrimp and lotus root. One meal is 670 yen or $6.50. Again a super cheap meal. They have a one coin bowl priced for 500 yen, but the extra 170 is worth it for the extra shrimp.

Tendon Soba Udon is another tempura cheap chain.

Sushi can be done on the cheap!

Before I lived in Japan I never thought sushi would be a way to eat cheap in Japan, but it is! Discount sushi at grocery stores after 8 p.m. is definitely some place to get your easy cheap sushi fix on. However there are a lot of conveyor belt sushi (kaiten sushi) chains that thrive on being cheap.

Kaisen Misakiko (海鮮三崎港) is my favorite cheap sushi chain in Tokyo. I eat in their Koenji restaurant a lot.  You can eat a good meal for 800 yen and their hot green tea is included. They have a lot of locations around Tokyo in some great areas like Nakano, Koenji, Shimokitazawa and Shinjuku (some of my favorite places in Tokyo). English menu screens so not much interaction required.

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Family Restaurants

It’s such a odd topic, but family restaurants are so random to Japan. Saizeriya, Dennys, Johnathon, Gusto, Royal Host, Bamiyan, Bikkuri Donki to name a few. Rocketnews survey puts Ootoya at the top and I’ve written how much I like it. Saizeriya which does basic Italian-like food and Bikkuri Donki which does hamburg are my favorite cheaper side ones.

Family restaurant tips:

Get the sets. More filling and more food for a less. If you’re really broke head for the Saizeriya Doria. It’s 368 yen with an egg. Enough to get you through a meal without hurting your bank.

Don’t be swayed by the drink bar. It’s just money not being spent on food.

If you need vegetables get them here. Family restaurants lately have main course salads that are actually filled with things like avocado and tomatoes and other healthy goodness that is hard to find on the cheap. Saizeriya has a 599 main course salad. Also they have a few decent vegetable options in the side menus for 199. Main salad and a veggie side for 800 yen? Yes please. For my low carb people even a big size antipasto meat plate and side of spinach is 900 yen.

Near Shibuya 109? Try Black Brown!

Not exactly a family restaurant but I couldn’t figure where to put it. Black Brown (google) is an incredibly cheap pasta place located just behind Shibuya 109. Just after electronics store Labi in the basement of the next building. When I lived in Shibuya I ate here once a week because it was cheap and so close to shopping. Their pasta is good as well as their sandwiches. They have a ramen-style press button ordering system and then cook the surprisingly decent food in front of you. Pasta or a sandwich can be 500 yen. You can also bring a pitcher of water to your table and hydrate. Seriously it’s cheap and good.

Bakery Meals

If you don’t want to cook and are okay with bread life, Japanese bakeries are amazing and do little sandwiches or weiners with bread or bunches of items that run around 300-500 yen. If you add some spinach at home or make a salad you aren’t doing too bad for yourself. (see photo above)

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On sale baked goods. 88 yen plus brewed coffee. You can start your day for 150 yen only!

Don’t drink, and definitely don’t drink outside your place, and definitely predrink

Alcohol is expensive and it makes (me) make expensive choices. Best way to avoid all that tomfoolery is just don’t drink. But Japan is a drinking culture, so be cheap. Buy drinks at your grocery store (konbini more expensive) and drink  at home before. Or at least pre drink and save some of the alcohol cost. One drinking night can ruin all your cheap saving during the day.

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Three drinks in for 500 yen or three drinks out for 3,000 yen?

How much should I be spending on food a day?

Personally I like average my food spending at 3,000 yen a day. That’s including eating out somewhere fun with my friends. I spend 300-400 yen on breakfast (toast, spinach, egg, coffee). Lunch could be ramen or kaiten-sushi, since I hunt for cheap places maybe 800 yen. Which leaves me with 1,800 yen to eat with friends.

I can go over that, but it’s a pretty standard point to think eating for 3,000 yen or $30 a day and you’ll eat some good food! Now I do like to drink with my friends so I will spend more on days with that, but if you’re smart 3,000 yen is a good point. Lowest maybe 1,500-2,000 yen but it does become tricky if you’re not eating at specific places. I’ve done some examples of super cheap below to get you started if you’re in a spending crunch.

 

Three examples of eat cheap in Japan days 1,570-1,800 yen ($15-$18 dollars):

Here are some examples using the places I listed to get you started on how to eat for cheap especially as a tourist.

 

Bakery bread and coffee – 400 yen

Tenya – 670 yen

Black Brown – 500 yen

Total – 1,570

 

Egg and Toast – 300 yen

Sushi – 800 yen

Saizeriya – 700 yen

Total – 1,800

 

Coffee and Banana – 300 yen

Gyudon – 450 if split or 600 alone for smaller

Grocery store past 8am ready made food – 700 yen

Total: 1,450 or 1,600 yen

 

Three meals a day. Not skimping on food and boom, you’re fed for cheap! Mostly I didn’t list cooking at home. Again if you eat at home it’s usually always cheaper so eating breakfast at home and heading home for dinner is your cheapest tourist option. Or if you’re a late riser, I suggest eating lunch right before you leave and only eating dinner out. You can get closer to 1,500 daily if you eat two meals at home.

 

What’s your discount hack to eat cheap in Japan or favorite cheap meal in Japan?

One of the things I really enjoy doing when I visit for a long time in Japan is actually seeing trends in play on the streets and I got to see traveling how the Japanese Summer Fashion Trends this season played out. I blogged all about Spring trends for Larme, Otona Kawaii and Onee-Gyaru. But those trends are what brands wanted to sell. Right now what are young ladies in Japan actually buying AND wearing?

Since I pride this blog on real clothes and everyday fashion this is the most universal-doll post in a while.

I actually started writing this post right when I got back from Japan, but I am gudetama level lazy. I’m happy this got voted top in the polls on twitter. Although eventually probably all of them will come out on the Doll. If you’ve got a question or comment, I’m always twitter reachable!

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Here are four shop staff from Shibuya 109 to show some of the trends I’m talking in this post: Esperanza, Duras, One*Spo and Cecil McBee

Bandana Print

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This cute trend is really taking off. Saint Laurent did a long bandana print stole for Spring and I think it’s fueled the creative juices of a lot of brands. I saw tons of ladies at Tokyo Disney Sea twin with friends by wearing a cute cotton cut-sew and paired bandanas around their neck. It was very camper-cute. It’s also such a cheap way to be on trend for the season.

Moussy did a giant bandana print top-dress to push the trend further. And there’s also bandana-print scrunchies and other fun mixes.

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To show how popular it is I picked just one brand: Envy M. Here it is done four ways. As a novelty battery charger, on the bottom of a t-shirt dress, in the flouncy off shoulder style like in the Larme Spring trend post, and worn off a bag

Trend range: Booming! It’s an everyday girl style.

Probability it’ll head into Fall: Duras paired sweaters with bandana neckerchiefs for their Fall exhibition so this is a yes. But I really think more paisley prints will reign in Fall.

Side trend: Scarves

Not as big as bandana print but scarves in all prints are popping up. Duras of course did hair scarves. Lip Service is selling them in pretty prints. Redy Azel were giving scarves away as a novelty. The shop staff at Redy Azel worked theirs in different ways like scarves as bracelets.

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Redy Azel showing off ways to wear their scarf novelty.

Trend range: Small but accessory trends are sometimes as important as clothing trends.

Probability it’ll head into Fall: This is something I feel is going to go into Fall and bring more color and prints than we’ve seen in previous Falls.

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Left Rienda and Right Esperanza (a shoe store) but she’s in every trend right now denim as a dress, white cardigan, white fedora

White Summer Fedora

It was raining one day and my hair was not having it. I decided that was the day I was going to buy a hat. If you know me, you know I love hats. So I walked into Shibuya 109 and browsed most every store for a hat which by the way at Headstarr the hat shop in Shibuya 109 has Trump for President hats… and Hillary hats… American politics you just can’t escape it.

Again and again I saw the white loose weave fedora being displayed. From Murua to Spiral Girl to Sly to Lip Service. It’s definitely the winner of the hat of Japanese summer fashion trends. Like Goldilocks they all felt a little off, but I finally settled on one from Lip Service. Since then I’ve wore it every chance I could. I will probably wear it to death this summer. The open weave really keeps the head cool and I am all about that sun protection.

Trend range: EVERYWHERE especially in gyaru and otona kawaii brands

Probability it’ll head into Fall: 0! Total summer trend, but enjoy and shade while you can.

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Murua and Duras showing the silhouette of the season

Spaghetti Strap Flared Bustier and Flared Bottoms sets

The flared bustier is huge right now I’d say it’s the biggest Japanese summer fashion trend.I talked about this in the Larme Spring trend post. From Rienda to Lowry’s Farm. It’s for every kei. I bought three. It’s a really body friendly look except for those with hips since showing the waist is key. Hides the tummy pouch and many are even kind to busty girls (take it from a busty girl). They look stellar when paired with wide pants. They’re cute with boyfriend jeans. They pretty much look good with all pants and shorts styles for this season. Printed flared bustiers paired with wide-leg pants sets are sprouting everywhere. They’re in denim, resort florals, plain knit, white lace. All the trend patterns you can find a set-up.

The other mirror trend is a maxi or mini dress done in a flared bustier style. This silhouette is truly the shape of the season. And look how perfect it looks on vacation or at the beach. It’s so current and summer.

Trend range: As stated, so many. Flared bustier is the life.

Probability it’ll head into Fall: Murua has done them, but I’m not sure how sure a warm weather resort look goes well into Fall.

 

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Rienda, MA*RS, One Way just get on a cardigan with any look

Super thin knit knee-length cardigans

These are so huge right now. They’ve shown up on mannequins in front of every store from Resexxxy to Sly. I went into Cecil McBee and a pushy shop staff tried to make me choose between the four styles they had. FOUR!

I love this trend so much. First it helps with UV. Skin protection is key. Secondly they go long enough and around enough to hide everywhere cellulite shows. Back in 2012 I was trendwatching high-low skirts aka the mullet skirt and mentioned how they’re kind to hiding cellulite. Long cardigans do the same thing, without that mullet feel.

Cardigans in summer? Yes because they are super thin material.

Trend range: ALL. I think in every style you will see a bustier paired with a super thin knee-length cardigan.

Probability it’ll head into Fall: Nope. Chunky 3-d knits are the theme for Winter.

 

 

Other trends of note: Arm details on white tops (flared, lace), Denim as everything: dresses and tops and skirts and hair accessories, Border lettering, straight leg “mom” pants

 

 

Phew I’m finally done with this post! My photoshop keeps crapping out so I keep having to restart and fix. Because of this I may work on some less photoshop needy posts for a while. But since second in the twitter poll was summer in Japan tips, it’s my next post.  :stepup:

 

Which is your favorite trend of the season?

 

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Flying tips is something I’ve hinted at in my eating healthy posts, packing for Japan, and my dressing fab for Fall/Winter in Japan posts, but finally we’re getting down to it. I fly long-haul (over 10 hours usually 15 hours) flights at least two times a year for the past 10 years. If not three or four times a year. I’ve learned a lot in that time and I’m going to share it with you. I still do not like flying, but I do like arriving.

In order to spill all my secrets I’m going to break it down to basics, beauty and body. Basics are just tips for flying, seating, and entertainment etc… Body is how to maintain health and happiness and sleep on a plane. Beauty is how to look better arriving than departing.

I’m trying to gear this all to free or cheap, but sometimes I’ll suggest a pay item just because I believe it’s worth it. A bad long haul flight can take days off your travel enjoyment. You’ll be tried, jet lagged, skin dry, worn out. Do not underestimate how important taking care of yourself during a flight is to your whole vacation.

My flying tips revolve all around three things: sleep, hydration and lowered stress. If you can accomplish any of those, you’re looking better than the crumpled masses at immigration.

Basics

Join the member program of whatever airline you’re flying.

You get instant miles. You often get to automatically check a second bag for free. It’s often a little cheaper to upgrade as well if you’re in the member program. You can also board earlier. Which means you get to put your carryon exactly how you like it. You get settled in before worrying about someone else. These little things to cut your stress are important.

If you’re flying economy always upgrade to economy plus.

It’s usually $40 extra per one-way trip but it’s worth it. Extra leg room, boarding earlier to put your luggage etc… I find it much quieter area of the plane as well.

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Aisle life is the best life

You can often stretch out your legs a bit more. Lean to sleep in the aisle and not into another person. You only have to deal with one person. Windows are for losers and you should not be in them… more on this later.

 

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Stock up on things to keep you occupied

On most long haul flights like ones to Japan there are usually in flight entertainment options. However yours could be broken. Or you hate the selection. Do not depend on someone else for your own happiness or for your happiness in the in flight entertainment. :happydance:

I prefer a paper magazine as a starter.

You can read that for the 30 minutes they have without electronics during boarding and deplaning. If you finish it just recycle and it’s one less thing to carry.

Podcasts

There’s so many interesting podcasts that are free. Vogue has its own if you want to learn about fashion. I’m addicted to the PBS Frontline series on audiocast and Economist’s Babbage about Future Technology.

Load up your kindle or iPad or whatever with an interesting book or two.

The amazon kindle store has daily & monthly deals that you can sometimes find some cheap good books. Or just keep items in your cart or “saved” and they’ll tell you if the purchase price decreases a lot.

Offline iPhone games

You can find a lot of free games on the app store of your choice. Here are a few lists. You’d be amazed how much time you can eat up and enjoy playing some doofy word game. My favorites are Bejeweled2 and Tiny Tower . Both are free and don’t require internet to play after you’ve downloaded.

iTunes and xfinity have downloadable free shows

Usually itunes shows are teasers or first episodes, but they’re free! Xfinity it just depends, and you have to do it through their app, but it’s very useful on long trips. I usually do this before I fly and if I don’t watch them then I can watch them on the annoying long Narita NEX train. Or just traveling in general. Take advantage of free!

If you’re a kindle iPad thing user I know you can download a lot of Prime TV shows offline. Take advantage!

Downloading before a trip is a great idea because I’ve been to many hotels that have crap wifi. Waking up jet lagged at 3am with nothing on TV, you will be happy you have something to watch.


 

Flying Tips for the Body

Always order two drinks

Ask for two waters or a juice and a water. Usually I don’t drink juice because taking the fiber out of fruit is crazy talk. But it’s a little fructose to keep you pepped. Or a tea and water. Just always hydrate. One of those tiny cups every two hours isn’t enough.

Bring an empty water bottle through security

Fill it up at the fountains inside the gate. Sometimes during long haul flights stewardesses break giving out waters. Or you just sleep through it. A bottle of water during that time is all the difference.

Hydration is life

Do you see the two tips I gave? That’s why you should be in an aisle seat. Pee forever it’s better than not drinking enough. Dehydration shows everywhere. It makes you tried. It makes you eat more. It makes your skin look older. Want to look good and feel good after a flight the two best ways are sleep and hydration.

Bring meals and snacks

You know what is trash? Airline food. It’s not made to be healthy, it’s made to be cheap. You’re putting a cheap meal into your stomach when you’re stressed and probably dehydrated. There’s very little nutrients in what they’re giving you. I have found that checking vegetarian can often make the vegetable content go up, but it just depends. My go to carry on meal is baked chicken, brussel sprouts and a small amount of bacon in a cheap ziploc container that I can keep or throwaway if needed. I get protein, fats and greens. You can cater this to your own needs. Just make sure it’s a dry meal.

Nuts, dry unsweetened fruit, celery, squeezable peanut butter. So many options to bring in your carry on bag. It’s perfectly okay to go through airport security with them.

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$15.00 at Aliexpress

Bring a giant shawl

This was a game changer for me. You know how airlines give you a blanket and it’s always to short EVERYWHERE? I think this is one of the big reasons people sleep badly. Waking up cold on your elbow or some other random body part is so weird.

My answer to this is a big shawl. I have a nice cashmere one that I didn’t buy for airline travel. It’s about 60 x 60 inches. It’s pretty huge and makes the perfect blanket, because it’s cashmere it’s thinner but still warm and easy storage. You can even layer up with the bad blanket they give you. I use it traveling as well in the Fall through Spring since mornings and nights are chilly. You can just use and store during the warm parts of the day.

I like to also use mine as a hoodie to muffle airline noise, without actually wearing a hoodie. If you don’t like shawls another choice is a sweater-style calf-to-ankle length cardigan (f21). I actually like combining shawl and cardigan for blanket life.

You know how you sleep better with your own blanket? A shawl is your blanket.

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My eyemask from Aromatherapy Associates

Bring an eye mask

I don’t use these daily, but I do like to carry one for travel. They make all kinds. If you fly enough you may get one from your airline. I have a giant one that is velvet and silk because I like fancy. But really it’s just whatever you like. It does help airplane sleeping. Especially if you’ve got someone using their overhead light right next to you.

Japanese brand Kao also makes these disposable heated steam eye masks. They really help relaxation and sleep. I recommend doubling up with a regular eye mask.

Don’t be afraid to sleep medicate

I know some people who go with the heavy stuff. I don’t really like to. For me melatonin or over-the-counter sleep aids work fine. I usually cut off my caffeine during the day to help this. My man always sleeps worse than me on flights and finally gave into sleep aids. It’s helped him get a few more Zs (if he followed all my instructions he’d get even more, but well he’s stubborn).

If you didn’t get good sleep worrying/being excited about the trip the nights before this tip is useless. The whole list may be. Really focus on your sleep the days before, get into good habits like putting away your iPhone three hours before bed, doing a routine like skincare to get you relaxed for bed.

A pack of pocket tissues

Maybe something on the plane affects your allergies. Or you just get the cold sneezes. Either way you’ll be happy you’re using the nice tissue than tearing up your nose on the airplane toilet tissues.

Wear loose shoes or laceable shoes

Feet can swell during long travel. Just stuck sitting around for long. Even if you take off your shoes during a flight. Having tight pinchy shoes when you have to put them on just sucks.

Dress comfortable but you

I know people say that sweats are travel, but I hate arriving in Tokyo or overseas and just looking frumpy. No matter how much your skin is glowing and you slept on a plane, if you feel frumpy you won’t be happy. But I also think travel can make you bloat and there’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a plane in tight jeans.

Leggings and a dress. Leggings are elastic, you don’t have to worry about showing anything in a dress, or getting cold with weird drafts. Combined with your shawl you look cute. This can work for a lot of style choices.

Or just jean leggings and a tunic. This is the route I tend to go. Or just jeans with a lot of elastic or a long loose dress. Nothing that hugs you. I go for a lot of shirt layers so I can adjust to all the temperatures. Long skirts are okay as well, but beware of drafts. You can always strip off the leggings off the plane.

Put on clean underwear right before you leave the house to the airport

This cuts down on the hours you have to be in the same pair of underwear in a day. I know it’s TMI but well it helps. You will still feel grody after a flight, but not as gross.

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Be comfortable and cute in this Forever 21 bra

A wireless or sports bra is more comfortable to sleep in

And your goal on this flight is sleeping. Just wear something baggy if you don’t like the form it gives.

Stretch in the restroom

It’s a little embarrassing to stretch in a flight and there’s no room. But you can do it everytime you use the bathroom and you’ll be using it a lot because you best be using my water tips. Don’t full yoga, but a good calf raise and touching your toes. Also move your arms around the full range of motion. Stretching out your back is key.

 


 

Flying Tips for Beauty

Look better than when you left? I believe it!

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The morning of: Dry shampoo your hair

Dry Shampoo looks best when it’s worn overnight, in the case during a long flight. So before you leave your house just spray some dry shampoo in. Traveling can make people sweat and Narita airport is the WORST AIR CONDITIONED AIRPORT EVER (all caps) always. It could be January and they’d make you sweat. It’s always humid.

Wear your hair your most comfortable to sleep

Up, down, braids etc… whatever feels the best for you. Comfort is important. I usually leave mine down and then have a hair tie if I’m annoyed with it in front of my face. I usually put a little bottom curl in my hair before I leave to fly. That usually keeps my hair settled and looking not to scuzzy when I arrive.

Don’t think about wearing make-up 

These 10-14 hours are all about skincare. Let’s get on it. A tinted sunscreen you can wash off is fine for the start of your flight. Washing off a full face in an airplane bathroom isn’t advisable. I’ve done it, but man I was such a tryhard gyaru. hehehe

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10-14 hours of sweet sweet skincare

You know what flights are for? Skincare. All this time you have to work on steps. To hydrate. To cream and lather. It’s also a wonderful way to break up the time if you can’t sleep. Or if you wake up frequently.

My three big skincare musts for travel are these: hyaluronic acid, ceramides, a thick cream. Everything else is negotiable. I prefer to talk about ingredients in skincare mostly because ingredients matter so much more than the price or the fancy writing on the bottle. I love ingredients!

Hyaluronic acid I love you. Yes it says acid but it’s not that kind of acid.  Our skin is also naturally acidic. It’s our skin but better. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin. It holds onto water, it’s the opposite of dehydrated. There’s also some interesting research that maybe it can go deeper than thought and actually plump up deeper levels of skin tissue, which is awesome!! Didn’t think you’d get a skincare tip? Well boom! Put this on first.  The results can be instant.

CosRx Hyaluronic Acid Essence, Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster, Mizon Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule – I’ve tried them all. Mizon is my personal favorite.

Ceramides are another skincare ingredient star. Ceramides are long chain fatty acids that help make up the skin’s moisture barrier. Helping that moisture barrier and protecting it is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Ceramides have shown they can help protect that barrier. Plane air is the driest air, so ceramides love you. You can find these ingredients in heavy creams if you’d like to combine the two, but I like to use these with lighter lotions, essences or ampoules.

CeraVe moisturizing lotion, Skinfood Avocado Rich Cream, Mizon Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule

Heavy Cream my one non-ingredient item on the list. Although yours may contain Hyaluronic Acid or Ceramides. Just a good thick cream to help keep that moisture barrier happy and keep you from drying out. Use on your neck and hands! This is one I say just use what you enjoy best. Keep slathering throughout the flight.

My current favorite: Innisfree Orchid Encriched Cream

Other beauty items to bring:

sheet maskMy Beauty Diary brand are the thinnest if you’d like to look not sheet mask white

wash off packInnisfree capsules are very plane portable

hand cream – public restrooms have the most drying soap even if you don’t usually use one I recommend using one during travel.

samples – If you skin is hardy. If you breakout don’t patch test your face with something new. It’ll just create some embarrassing travel photos.

lip balm – Don’t underestimate the plane dryness getting to your precious lips. If you’re in a pinch put some hyaluronic acid on those puckers.

toilet paper wipes – Because airplane toilet paper is so cheap and is not as hygienic as you can be.

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A small make-up kit

Either 30 minutes before I land or on the Narita Express I do my make-up. It’s a pared down version just some moisturizer, bb cream, eyeliner, eyebrow mascara, lipgloss. Nothing too fancy but if I’m meeting friends or such I like to look not completely busted.

 

So this is a lot of tips and it may suit you to ignore some. You do you   :smiley:  Taking care of your health on a plane is so important to your whole trip. I promise if you follow a lot of these you will come out on the other side feeling better. Now I gotta go and start prepping for this, because I’m on a flight in a day.  :smiley:

 

Sorry an earlier half-finished version came out. I didn’t realize I pressed publish instead of save. This is the final version. Thanks for reading through the full one :hearts3:

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Shibuya 109 but Collabo Mignon is interesting enough to get back and it means PURIKURA IN SHIBUYA 109. Shibuya 109 which I used to think of as the Tower of Power has really lost its hold as the main mall (as I blogged about here in the Fall of Gyaru post).  However I think the Collabo Mignon store is a really cool idea and there’s one more store (BAD Store) to talk about below.

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Collabo Mignon Purikura in Shibuya 109

Collabo Mignon (コラボミニョン) is from the Purikura chain Girls Mignon. They’re all across Japan from Niigata to Nagoya to Nagano. The Shibuya 109 store will be their first Tokyo store. First of all this finally means PURIKURA IN SHIBUYA 109! It’s about damn time!!!

It opens March 12th.

Nicole Fujita aka Nikorun: Popteen’s newest Queen

Their first collaboration will be with Nicole Fujita. Nicole Fujita (藤田ニコル nicknamed Nikochu にこちゅう or Nikorun にこるん blog twitter) is currently the face of Popteen and her fame is rising. Even though she just turned 18, she’s also got a very big variety tv show gig, you’ll often see her on group panels. She’s half. Her father is Russian and Polish and her mother is Japanese. Nikorun started modeling for Nicola in 2009 after passing a heavily contested model audition. She modeled for Nicola from 2009 to 2014 as a senzoku (専属) or paid exclusive model. In 2014 she moved over to Popteen as their senzoku model and has graced a ton of covers.

She’s got a divisive personality. With people thinking she’s cute or dumb. Nicole Fujita often says some ditzy things, but her fans think she’s just being playful. She pretty much makes news everyday on modelspress. She just graduated from a high school for talent that requires only a few classes a week.

I’m a fan because she’s got such cute cheeks. I love full cheeks.  I’m simple.

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This is how the purikura collab with Nicole Fujita works. I don’t know if it’s cute or creepy that you get to pose with Nikochu. Get your stalker shot with Nikochu March 12th to April 15th then it will be a new person or character.

Purikura evolving once again.  :hearts3: Finally purikura in Shibuya 109!

 Shibuya 109 other news

 

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I tweeted about this earlier, but this Shibuya 109 for Spring needs to be talked about. Those are some sad ass people in some meh clothes. Shibuya 109 I’m happy you got rid of your weird pageant looking white model, but still…

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The only other new store to talk about is BAD Store. The Sanrio and Wego stores are just replacing stores that sold Sanrio and Wego goods.

New Neogal BAD Store

http://badstore.jp/shop/html/

BAD Store stands for “B’klyn All Day” Store and it’s a new Neogal street store. It was created by DJ Amo (blog) and won the Shibuya 109 stage contest.

DJ Amo lived in Hawaii for 6 years and got into DJing there. She started to DJ in Japan in 2011. In 2013 she became a regular to DJ at Club KT in Shibuya 109 (Now the Sanrio Vivitix store). DJ Amo was in the #N Neogal magazine, you can find her in the scans.

BAD STORE Spring Summer Looks

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Some basics but I do want the Audrey sweat. Although this is a Spring/Summer collection there’s a lot of sweatshirts and heavy things. This feels more street influenced than Fig & Viper and should get a lot of different types to purchase. It also reminds me a little of Ora Ora style.

 

Here’s the video for their Spring Summer collection

 

With Fig & Viper quietly shutting stores, they’re down to only three, no thanks in part to Alisa Ueno not really repping it as much and a few weak collections. I do wonder how much of the Neogal movement is still firing. Although I think BAD Store by DJ Amo seems to be a more street style store and wearable for a lot of styles.

Is DJ Amo and Bad Store the new face of Neogal?

 

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