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Apply Lipstick Perfectly

There’s nothing like a little lipstick to brighten your face and add polish to your look. You don’t want it on your teeth, though, and you probably wish it didn’t wear off quite so fast. This video shows how to apply your lipstick properly―so it has staying power―every time. There’s nothing like a little lipstick…

How is spicy food beneficial?

Spicy foods are a bit of a mystery. As an article in the week’s New York Times wondered: Why is it that we find such pleasure in pain? I mean, these hot sauce bottles are plastered with words like “death”… Spicy foods are a bit of a mystery. As an article in the week’s New…

What is Wagyu? Why is it so expensive?

Wagyu is a highly prized meat because it is incredibly tender and has a buttery soft flavour. It’s all about the intense, fat marbling in the meat, which is what gives it the rich flavour. And a good quality, high grade piece of Wagyu will simply melt in your mouth. But do you know what…

Japanese smartphone users rank the 10 mobile phone games they play the most

Japanese gamers are very serious about their smartphone games. Of course, there are the casual players who just use them to kill time on the train, but there are a lot of people who spend so much time playing mobile games that their significant others get jealous. And that’s not to mention how much money…

Basic Car Checks Before Long Trips

There are two ways to reduce your chances of breaking down. The first, and most important, is to stick to your manufacturer’s advice on servicing. Your handbook will tell you when a service is due and exactly what’s needed – just make sure you book your car into the garage promptly. The second is to…

Why Foreign Guys in Japan Get So Many Girls

Let’s be honest; there are a lot of distinctly average-looking foreign guys living in Japan dating jaw-droppingly beautiful Japanese girls. We’ve all witnessed it- a woman who could play the female lead in the next James Bond movie, walking down the street with a guy who, if we searched for him in the same movie’s…

Guide to Japanese Valentine’s Day

A couple months back, we already talked about how different the Japanese Christmas is. Now it’s time to take a look at another holiday that’s isn’t quite the same in Japan: Valentine’s Day. As with all Western holidays that have made their way over to Japan, almost all of the changes and “traditions” have been…

Olive des Olive Chinese New Year Happy Box

What is a happy box? You’ve never heard of that? Perhaps, because happy box, also known as fukubukuro, exists only in Japan. Fukubukuro means “Lucky-bag” or “Happy-box” which contains fancy, fashionable, luxurious and expensive items, that are sold at an exceptional discounted price at Japanese department stores and retail shops in order to attract customers…

5 Ways to Survive Summer the Japanese Way

Japanese summers are hot and somehow we manage to enjoy them in the beginning, and endure them by the end. To make this task a bit more easier, you might want to try it the Japanese Way. Besides wearing a Yukata and drinking hot or cold Japanese tea, there are some other ways, you might…

Men receive gifts from women instead?

Japanese Valentine’s Day is nothing like others. In Japan Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a very unique style. It is the women who present gifts to men. There is a strong tradition of women giving chocolates to men on Valentines Day. There are two types of chocolates, “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is meant…