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Asics Gel Saga “Exploration Tech” Soft Grey/White

 

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Asics release another solid colorway to its original ’90s Gel Runner. As a second offering to the “Exploration Tech” pack, the sneaker sees a leather/suede light gray upper, a blue internal collar, red hits throughout and a speckled midsole. The shoe also incorporates Asics’ trademark GEL cushioning system, making it comfortable along with lightweight.

Those interested can head over to COMMONN as these are now available for £94 GBP (approximately $160 USD).

 

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Stay cool with somen ice Cup Noodles this summer

 

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Nissin Cup Noodles are outrageously popular in Japan and have a firm following worldwide. Now, to keep the love flowing throughout the hot summer months, they’ve released a new special version designed to be eaten icy cold. For the first time, the company will be releasing somen, the thinnest of traditional Japanese noodles, for a meal so light and tasty you’ll be wanting to eat them all year!

Set to hit shelves on July 7, a date that noodle manufacturers have dubbed “Somen Day”, the new packaging features the cooling images of a snow-capped Mt Fuji and a traditional boat ploughing through blue waves. With clam, konbu seaweed and shiitake mushroom flavours added to a chicken soup base accented with hints of ginger, you’ll be getting a taste of Japan with every slurp.

 

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Of course, somen can be enjoyed hot, but for a true Japanese summer experience, you’ll need to add ice. Simply add boiling water to three centimetres below the inner line, stir for thirty seconds and then let stand for two and a half minutes. After that, add ice, stir and it’s ready to enjoy!

 

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This meal comes cheap, at 170 yen (US$1.67) a pop. Aimed at bringing a piece of traditional Japan to the instant food industry, we can’t wait to get our hands on one of these this summer!

 

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UNITED ARROWS (Japan) x Converse 25th Anniversary Collection

 

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To commemorate its 25th anniversary, UNITED ARROWS has teamed with Converse to release a limited edition collection of Chuck Taylor All-Stars for both men and women. The two-part pack consists of a taller, yet crispy, all-white rendition made with a durable canvas material, while the tonal black pair sits low in a suede construction. Furthermore, each pair will come with two sets of laces – one round and one flat – to weave through their metal eyelets.
Set to hit retail shelves sometime next month, both pairs are currently available for preorder at the UNITED ARROWS webstore.
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Samsung Gear Live

 

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Hoping to capture more of a growing and increasingly competitive smartwatch market, Samsung adds to its own line with the Gear Live. Featuring a 1.63″ 320 x 320 Super AMOLED screen, the watch is powered by a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and will use Google‘s new Android Wear wearable-specific operating system. This will allow users to control many of Google’s services including Google Now, Google Voice, Maps, Gmail, and Hangouts from their watch as well as its new Google Fit health and fitness metric aggregator.

Aside from Bluetooth 4.0, 4GBs of storage, and an interchangeable strap, the Samsung Gear Live also includes dust and water resistance and a heart rate monitor.

The $200 USD watch will debut on Google Play later today for shipment on July 7 before later reaching Samsung’s retail locations.

 

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Kenzo 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

 

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Kenzo has unveiled its Spring/Summer collection for 2015 which embodies both American and French influences. Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the highly regarded founders of Opening Ceremony and creative directors of Kenzo, continue to churn out bold prints and easy shapes over wardrobe essentials. Based on a summery macaroon color palette, the collection features canvas coats, parkas, shirts and tees emblazoned with fresh prints, polka-dots, and nautical stripes.
Head over to Kenzo’s site for more information on its 2015 spring/summer collection.
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4 Japanese beauty fads that Westerners just don’t understand

 

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Beauty standards and trends differ from culture to culture, so something that’s fashionable and pretty to one woman can be completely can be bizarre, sometimes even ugly, to another half the world away. This is especially true in the case of Japanese beauty fads, which often leave Westerners thinking, “Why on earth are you doing that to yourself?!” while Japanese fashion magazines insist that it’s the path to ultimate kawaii-ness.

Narrow eyes, small noses, straight black hair – so many of the aesthetics common to Japanese women are considered gorgeous by many Western girls (and boys!). But what many Japanese girls obsess over as being beautiful is often quite different. Humans have a tendency to want what they don’t have, and in the same way that many Westerners find Japanese girls beautiful and ‘exotic’, many Japanese women idolize Western looks and are prepared to use a variety of beauty tricks to attain their ideal. There are also plenty of trends that are Japan-specific and developed internally rather than from looking outwards, and these two kinds of aesthetics mingle to create the general Japanese beauty zeitgeist, which is supported by a beauty industry worth JPY 1.4 trillion (US$17.5 billion) in 2011.

The following are four fads that are currently making cosmetics companies in Japan extremely happy.

 

1. Skin whitening

Take a look at the beauty products on sale in any Japanese drug store, and you’ll find many potions and lotions that claim to whiten the skin.

While in times past in the US and Europe a suntan was seen as undesirable as it was a sign of having been outside working in the fields while the upper classes remained pale by keeping indoors, nowadays the opposite is true for many people. A year-round tan is a sign that someone can afford to spend their time at the beach or jetting off to sunny holiday destinations, and most people are eager to gain the healthy glow that most celebrities sport, regardless of the warnings doctors and skincare experts give about overexposure to UV rays.

On the other hand, white skin has remained a mainstream aesthetic ideal in Japan, despite the trend for dark skin started in the 90s by ganguro girls, and that is still popular among the ‘gal’ fashion subculture today.

 

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2. Snaggleteeth

Especially in the US, straight, uniform (and sometimes frighteningly white) teeth are a must. People spend a lot of money on straightening their teeth out, and the idea that someone would pay to have previously straight teeth misaligned seems completely bizarre. However, a considerable number of women in Japan are doing just that.

The ‘yaeba‘ or snaggle tooth look is thought to be cute, and cosmetic dentistry practices are offering temporary and permanent solutions to achieve that crooked smile. While in the West you might be teased for looking like a vampire, in Japan your fangs would gain you instant kawaii credibility

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3. Double eyelids

Many Westerners find Asian almond-shaped eyes beautiful. However, some Japanese women will go out of their way to try and create a double eyelid, using tape and prongs to force their skin into the desired shape in a process that looks quite painful, but that I’ve been assured isn’t.

 

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4. Eye bag makeup

Many Japanese women are concerned about having a ‘flat face’, and I’ve been complimented by Japanese people for the fact that my face is very ‘three-dimensional’. (I thought we were all 3D, but perhaps some people think they are actually anime characters in real life?)

While eye bags are something that many of us work hard to eliminate or disguise as they are thought to make us look tired and old, some Japanese girls use contouring and highlighting makeup to emphasize the area under their eyes and make it look ‘puffy’. As someone who slaps on the concealer every morning to avoid looking like a panda, this is the trend that I can understand the least.

 

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