Eyebrow grooming among men is quite common in Japan. Thus, I wasn’t totally taken by surprise to find this Gatsby Face Eyebrow Kit at a local convenience store in the men’s grooming section.
True, you could easily assemble this three-item kit for cheaper than what I paid for – around $12 at marked up convenience store prices – but it’s nice to get all these items at once, and of the right kind for the job.
If you are a little unsure of how to start grooming your eyebrows, the backside of the case breaks it down into a couple easy steps:
Use the comb to brush upwards and trim your eyebrow hairs; anything sticking up past the upper boundaries of your eyebrow hairline is fair game. Next, use the tweezers to pluck individual hairs from beneath your hairline. This is where sculpting skills are needed and lapses in judgement can result in some pretty
hilarious embarrassing situations!
Unlike regular scissors, these mini ones feature a pair of curved blades. This will keep you from stabbing yourself repeatedly, as trimming while watching yourself in the mirror can be kind of tricky!
The comb is equally tiny and has a crescent shape. This makes trimming easier and more accurate.
The only part of the kit that I feel is somewhat lacking are these tweezers. For very short eyebrow hairs, like ones that have just started to grow back, these tweezers aren’t quite sharp enough to get the job done consistently. I’d recommend buying a better pair of tweezers (ones with a different blade angle) or opting for a mini eyebrow razor.
Hide the kids!
This guy will give you nightmares. And not just from the pink Crocs. I’ve seen him several times near Umeda station and his plastic babies always gives me the creeps. He doesn’t draw as many strange looks from passer-byers as you might imagine though…
It was about 10:30 in the morning when I snapped this photo with my iPhone. These host boys were walking a client to the station.
One can only imagine the state they were in after an all-night marathon of drinking, chain-smoking and hustling.
You can’t really see from this cropped and poorly focused image, but the hosts were still looking pretty fresh with their Italian suits and wicked hairdos.
Working as a host can be a rough way to earn a living. You can learn more about Osaka male hosts from watching this video.
Baby Doll is best known for its line of children’s clothing. Their signature look combines colorful designs with bold logos and slogans.
The word ‘Starvations’ appears on a lot of their gear. It’s rather inappropriate for children’s clothing. In a hilarious way.
Baby Doll also sells adult-sized clothing and a full line of accessories, like bags, watches and jewelry. But if that doesn’t get you in the store, the hot chics who shop there probably will!
I love the design of the Pocari Sweat can — it’s definitely from another era!
Although I didn’t grow up in Japan, somehow just looking at this beverage makes me feel slightly nostalgic. The straight forward typography and the lazy shade of blue makes it seem like an artifact from a past decade.
Pocari Sweat is surely one of the most ubiquitous and well known brands in Japan, but concerning this particular 500ml can, I rarely come across it.
At 100 yen a pop (about $1USD), a Pocari Sweat from the vending machine is a good value thirst quencher that tastes pretty refreshing as well. According to Wiki, it’s the slight flavoring of grapefruit that gives it its distinct taste. Time for some ion supply!