Making a space your own when you’re not sure how long you’ll be there can be a tricky thing, and it’s one of the reasons so many expats rely on the likes of Ikea for everything from candleholders to kitchen tables. Often, even if we would prefer something with a bit more character, we don’t want to fork over the mounds of cash that most Japanese furniture stores require for even the simplest pieces, as we know we’ll likely have to part with them one day and we won’t get back what we paid. This is why I was so surprised when I recently stumbled upon Gleam, a furniture store in Azabu with a focus on beautiful yet affordable wooden pieces.
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to have perfectly manicured nails adorned with tiny sparkling rhinestones or images of your favorite Disney character? Now is your chance to have your fingertips rival those of the Japanese women you pass on the street every day, as one of Japan’s most cutting-edge nail salons is coming to Omotesando with a month-long pop-up shop.
An hour south of Tokyo is the seaside city of Yokosuka. Perhaps best known for the huge United States Naval Base that sits to one side of the town, Yokosuka is also the largest regional center on the Miura peninsula and is surrounded by lovely beaches. Of these, Zushi beach is the most famous and another, Cape Tomyozaki, is the least well known.