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Revitalize & Bloom – Your Winter to Spring J-Beauty Guide

The sweet fragrance of plum trees signals that spring is in the air. It’s time to bid farewell to winter skincare woes and welcome the bloom with open arms. Let’s add a touch of sunshine to your transition routine! It’s time to revitalize and bloom – your winter to spring skincare J-beauty guide to crafting …

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The Best Sakura Beauty and Skincare Products From Japan

As cherry blossoms bloom, so does your skincare routine! Discover the best sweet sakura skincare and beauty products from Japan. In this post, I’ll unveil the latest and greatest Japanese products infused with the magic of sakura. From petal-infused serums to blossom-tinted lipsticks, get ready to elevate your beauty game with a touch of Japan’s …

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Best Japanese Lipsticks Worth Trying

Konnichiwa, lipstick lovers! February calls for a burst of color, and what better way to embrace the month of love than experimenting with the best Japanese lipsticks worth trying? From vibrant reds inspired by deep crimson leaves  to playful pinks reminiscent of sakura blooms, I’ve curated a list that celebrates both style and quality.  Read …

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My Budget Japanese Skincare Routine

Glowing skin should be affordable – and it is! Get inspired by My Budget Japanese Skincare Routine for wallet-friendly J-beauty options in order to transform your skincare routine and embrace your natural beauty while saving big! From time-tested traditions to modern innovations, my favorite budget Japanese skincare products embrace simplicity, quality, and a natural approach …

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Practical Products For Your First Apartment in Japan

Moving into your first apartment in Japan can be an exciting time OR an overwhelming event if you’re not adequately prepared! If you are moving into a new apartment, there are many things you will need that you actually might not think of until after you move in. In my case, I moved out of …

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10 Tips To Make Your Japanese Apartment Kid and Dog-Friendly

Ready to kick off 2024 with a new vibe for your (new) Japanese apartment? As we step into the Year of the Dragon, let’s harness that fiery energy and infuse it into your home decor. New year, new me, new home – let’s make it happen, y’all! In my latest blog post, I’m sharing 10 …

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The Best Japanese Gifts For Kids

Is “travel” on your list of new year’s resolutions for 2024? Whether you’re a Japan bucket list visitor in search of unique cultural treasures or a fellow resident seeking the perfect gift for young loved ones back home, my guide to the best Japanese gifts is your passport to a world of delightful surprises. These …

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New Year’s Resolutions For The (Newly) Single Mom

Hello, 2024! I’m reflecting on 2023 and my new journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and financial freedom as a single mom in Tokyo. My “New Year’s Resolutions For The (Newly)  Single Mom” is a guide to embracing 2024, the Year of the Dragon, with a gentle ferocity. 2024.1.11 UPDATE: Shout-out to my soon-to-be ex-husband for trying to …

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Gender-Neutral Japanese Baby Names

In the journey of welcoming a new life into the world, choosing the perfect name for your baby is a momentous decision. For parents seeking names that break free from traditional gender associations, you might find a refreshing air of inspiration in Japanese culture! I’ve curated a list of gender-neutral Japanese baby names that reflect the …

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My 5 Favorite Places to Shop in Japan For Kids’ Clothes and Shoes

My latest post is inspired by a recent shopping adventure at GU to pick up a few pieces for my daughter and myself. You’ll notice that several suggestions overlap with the places I recommend in my post, “My 5 Favorite Places to Shop in Japan for Baby and Toddler Clothes.” While my daughter is no …

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Discover The Best Japanese Beauty Products From Decorté

Welcome to “The Beauty Files,” where we explore the captivating world of Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup brands. Today, I’m taking you on a virtual shopping trip to discover the best Japanese beauty products from DECORTÉ! This post contains affiliate links which means that The Wagamama Diaries makes a small commission of items you …

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The Best Romantic and Sexy Gifts From Japan

Valentine’s Day and White Day are right around the corner! Here are the best romantic and sexy gifts from Japan carefully curated to help you express your appreciation and love for the special people in your life. Choose from gourmet chocolates, seductive perfumes, lacy lingerie, and “intimate toys.” R.I.P. My Amazon recommendations trying to curate this …

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Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, and Paternity Leave in Japan

“Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, and Paternity Leave in Japan” in an unofficial FAQ for new and expecting parents in Japan! My daughter was born in Japan, and I took maternity leave and childcare leave. My husband took paternity leave as well. Our experience was extremely positive and the process very straightforward. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon …

What (Not) To Wear in Japan: A Guide For Professional Women
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What (Not) To Wear in Japan: A Guide For Professional Women

The biggest fashion mistake you could possibly ever make as a foreign woman in Japan is one that would probably never cross your mind. This is why I’ve come up with “What (Not) To Wear in Japan: A Guide For Professional Women.”  This post is part reference, part entertainment and based on several fashion mistakes …

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Top Japanese Cleansing Oils

Cleansing is the most important step in an effective skincare routine. Daily cleansing removes sweat, dirt, makeup, old skin cells from the surface of the skin and prevents breakouts. Personally, I’m partial to oil cleansers, which is rather funny as I always avoided oil based products in my 20s, thinking that oily skin and oil …

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Japanese Products For Babies and Toddlers With Sensitive Skin

Writing about children’s skincare is something I never thought I’d do as a beauty blogger! However, this post about Japanese products for babies and toddlers with sensitive skin is largely based on the Japanese (drugstore) products I’ve used to treat my daughter’s atopic dermatitis.  Over the years, I’ve developed a simple skincare routine to keep …

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Getting Your Child Ready For Japanese Daycare or Kindergarten

It’s been a little over a year since I updated my post, An Inside Look At Kindergarten in Japan. I originally wrote that post based on my own experiences as a teacher at Japanese kindergartens. Eventually, I  made updates to reflect my own journey of preparing my daughter for kindergarten.  Among the revisions were useful …

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10 Best Japanese Skincare Products Under 1000 yen

New to J-beauty but don’t know where to start and you don’t want to spend a fortune testing new products? I’ve got a shopping list for you! You’d be surprised to know that products in drugstores across Japan are cult holy grail items coveted by skincare addicts across the world. I’ve rounded up 10 best …

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Where to Buy Skincare Products in Japan

It’s come to my attention that as much as I blog about J-beauty and skincare, I actually haven’t sat down and written a proper guide to shopping for skincare products in Japan. Read on to out where to buy skincare products in Japan, including shopping for K-beauty and other international brands, too! Be sure to …

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Preparing An Emergency Kit In Japan

I’ve been living here in Japan for my entire adult life, but no matter how comfortable I feel living here, I can never shake the feeling that, wherever I am, the “big one” be next. At least the experiences of  childhood in the southeastern United States and the days after 3.11  have encouraged me to …

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Setsubun, The Japanese Way to Bring Good Luck to Your Home

It still might be freezing outside, but in a few days, spring will officially arrive. (That is, according to the traditional Japanese calendar). And, before spring starts, you’d better cast off the misfortune of the previous year. How to do that? The answer is Setsubun, the Japanese way to bring good luck to your home. …

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10 Best Japanese Skincare Products Under 15 Dollars

Japanese skincare doesn’t have to be expensive! I switched from switched from K-Beauty To J-Beauty years ago and haven’t looked back, primarily because of its affordability. Now, if you’re outside of Japan, you’ll unfortunately have to deal with shipping fees. So, I made sure to select items that don’t have a significant markup.  In fact, …

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An Inside Look At Kindergarten in Japan

Years ago, when I began gathering info on Japanese kindergartens for my daughter, I realized that I needed to overhaul my posts on daycare and kindergarten in Japan. Editing “An Inside Look At Kindergarten in Japan” is the first step. I’ve expanded the kindergarten prep section and added info on public/private kindergartens  and what to …

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An Inside Look At Daycare in Japan

While this post is titled, An Inside Look At Daycare in Japan, it is based on three factors: my research for an in-depth article on the topic over on Best Living Japan; my experience working in a Japanese kindergarten; and finally, my experiences of having my child enrolled in a (private) Japanese daycare. The need …

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Learning From the Japanese Approach To Anti-Aging Skincare

I’m back with a (very) lengthy update to my beauty and skincare catergory. There’s a lot of information to cover, and I did lots of  research in regards to the aging process and Japanese skincare regulations/ingredients/products. “Learning From the Japanese Approach To Anti-Aging Skincare” is divided into several parts: A Look At The Causes Of …

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Must-Try Subscription Services in Japan

Way back during “lockdown”/the State of Emergency, I created a list of must-try subscription services in Japan. The original idea behind it was to simply showcase products and services that were basically “Japan in a box” to spark a bit of joy in times of social isolation and COVID cabin fever. Since then, this list …

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Pregnant In Japan? Here’s What You Should Know

Being pregnant is a life-changing event. And being pregnant in Japan? Here’s what you should know: You’ll discover that you knew absolutely nothing about Japan and Japanese culture by the time your tenth month is up! (Just kidding…kind of.) Take comfort the fact that you can eat all the sushi that you want, because everything …

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Japanese Products That I Use On My Natural Hair

It’s time for another beauty post, but I won’t be talking about skincare or makeup. Instead, I’m introducing the Japanese products that I use on my natural hair. Japanese Products That I Use On My Natural Hair This post contains affiliate links which means that The Wagamama Diaries makes a small commission of items you …

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The Truth About Japanese Whitening Cosmetics

While the title is “The Truth About Japanese Whitening Cosmetics,” it’s not a means to “call out,” “cancel,” or “expose” the Japanese beauty industry. But, it’s not clickbait, either. In fact, this post is inspired by a comment from Instagram user @retrozar: My point is I hope you don’t remove your darkness with whitening products, …

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Where To Buy Makeup In Japan

Ready to try out the latest makeup products in Japan but don’t know where to start? Here’s a rundown on where to buy makeup in Japan, and tips for finding the right makeup for you. Where To Buy Makeup In Japan This post contains affiliate links which means that The Wagamama Diaries makes a small …

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Celebrate the New Year in Japan With Nanakusa Gayu

Happy New Year — 2024 is the Year of the Dragon! The Japanese New Year is a low-key, family-oriented holiday rich with tradition. Food plays an important role, with elaborate boxes of osechi ryori (お節料理) taking center stage. But, you can also celebrate the new year in Japan with nanakusa gayu (七草粥), a rice porridge made …