Japan. The country known as the “Land of the Rising Sun” and for its cuisine, fresh fish and intricate attentiont to detail (such as its art of flower arrangement the Ikebana), has always been a place of interest to me. But living in North America in past years, it was always not in the intetnirary when I would come back to Asia because of the limited time frame I had.
This past week I was able to finally make my way and this time not just in transit.
Japan. Osaka 2014
It was a very quick 48-hour impromtu trip but it was certainly worth it.
I have always appreciated and admired Japanese skincare, beauty and cosmetic products only because their tendency to innovate is present in all products that they release. Also there is a big emphasis that they give to ingredients and quality, which are present in their products, whether they be premium or more inexpensive lines.
I mostly navigated my way around only two major points (major shopping points). ShinsaiBashi and Namba which are at the heart of Osaka. These are two major shopping areas which both have premium brands and are destination places for serious shoppers with the flagship base of Takashimaya (Japan’s most established department store) in Namba and Daimaru which is a higher end department store found in Shinsaibashi.
This is Shinsaibashi the aretry of high street shopping. Here you find the likes of global brands such as Zara, H&M, Uniqlo, Polo Ralph Lauren, and a sprinkling of local boutiques with unique flare and pre-owned luxury goods. Along this high street shopping district is where you also will find a plethora of beauty and cosmetics supply shops that are a true “mecca” for the serious beauty shopper. These stores carry a lot of the more niche Japanese lines that are very hard to find outsied Japan. Big Japanese beauty brands such as Shiseido, Kanebo have brands which are speciafically for the local market for instance Maquillage by Shiseido and Kate by Kanebo. Aside form the amazing niche brands and exclusive to japan skinccare and tools- these beauty “meccas” also offer prime and niche
French skincare brands such as Avene, La-Roche Posay and Bioderma.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have high end department stores such as Takishmaya and Daimaru that cater to providing premium luxury skincare and cosmetic brands from around the globe but more importantly access to premium brands that are for the most part only found in Japan. The beauty departments in these stores carry the best premium lines from West to East: Chanel, Dior, YSL, La Mer, RMK, Suqqu, Hakuhodo et. al.
To say that Japan is a “mecca” or one of the beauty capitals of the wordl is an understatement. So for all those like me, or who are curios in what Japan may be offering in this regard or may be visiting soon. Here is a beauty haul that may give you an insight on that from your beauty consultant and expert.