Strange Japanese Beauty Products

When it comes to innovation, nothing beats the Japanese. Our Asian friends often leave no stone unturned in their quest for beauty and perfection. That’s probably the reason why they’ve come up with lots of unusual – and sometimes silly – inventions.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here’s a brief overview of bizarre beauty products from the Land of the Rising Sun courtesy of UniqueDaily.com and 3yen.com. The products featured here are not guaranteed to work but I promise they’ll give you plenty of laughs.

Are you bothered by the size of your nose? Many Japanese women are and want to do something about their small, flat noses. The Hana Hana Nose Stretcher will change all that.

This beauty accessory is nothing more than an industrial-strength clothespin. Wear it for just a few minutes for a couple of days and it will supposedly make your nose bigger and longer. The manufacturer claims it stretches the nose cartilage to give the user a beautiful and balanced face – whatever the heck that means! At less than $7, this natural nose lift is a real bargain. Perfect for those who are afraid of plastic surgery!

Fans of the ax-wielding maniac Jason Vorhees in the Friday the 13th film series can now look like their favorite horror icon with the Face Slimmer. In Japan, a slim face is a mark of beauty. Put on this rubber mask and it supposedly massages and melts away fat from your face. No batteries required.

The Head Bath Cap looks like it was made especially for Marquis de Sade, the French aristocrat and writer of violent pornography. Put the cap over your head and fill it with water. The trapped water is said to be good for the scalp and will help you grow thicker and fuller hair. Since the cap covers the entire face and only has one opening on top, don’t wear it tightly or you could drown in the damned thing!

Want to look taller? Then the Neck Stretcher is for you! Just place this accordion-like device around your neck and fill it with air with the included hand pump. In minutes, it will stretch your neck and hopefully increase your height. Warning: overuse of this product can make you look like a giraffe!

The Slim Mouth Piece supposedly exercises the muscles around the mouth to help you lose fat. The manufacturer said it tones your face by expanding and contracting flaccid facial muscles. Use it for only 2-3 minutes a day to “sharpen your features.”

“Despite its misleading name, this gadget is supposed to make your mouth bigger, not smaller. Bigger? Yes, bigger. Who on earth would want this? Well, the theory is that if you widen your mouth, you will have the appearance of a small face, so prized by the Japanese,” said an unnamed English teacher in “Fungus Mungus’ Weird Stuff in Japan.”

Exercising the mouth sounds like a good idea. But if you ask me, that area gets all the exercise it needs from smiling, talking and eating. Still, the Slim Mouth Piece would make a good conversation piece. Get yours for $9.50.

If you’re looking for a natural way to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles without having to go through the pains of costly plastic surgery or cosmetic injections, don’t waste time going to Japan. The solution is right here with the Rejuvinol AM/PM Botox Alternative Age-Defying System. This powerful anti-aging formula consists of the Rejuvinol morning moisturizer that nourishes and strengthens the skin; and the Rejuvox night cream that relaxes tense, tired facial muscles.

Navigating the Asian Collectibles Market

The U.S. collectibles market is a dynamic $7 billion industry. However, the emerging market for Asian collectibles is beginning to come to fruition in America… as well as around the world. For instance, China is quickly becoming a major center for Chinese art and antiques. New collectors and auction houses around the world appear every day selling Chinese art. Asian people, from China and elsewhere, are increasingly hungry for Oriental collectibles, decor, and art as they are making their homes all over the world.

The question becomes, How can I get good, vintage collectibles for my home, office, and family? Without a doubt, there are many collectibles that are manufactured cheaply and sold in major U.S. retail stores every year. The real challenge is finding quality collectibles from Asia that truly express the culture of the East at a fair price.

One way to gauge what “quality” means in a tangible way is to investigate the producers of Asian collectibles overseas. An example of such might be the Chinese Figurines of Shiwan. Shiwan has been called “the Ceramic Capital in China.” Shiwan is an old town in the southern part of Guangdong province. Its reputation for beautiful and elegant ceramic figurines has been famous for hundreds of years. Plus, the traditional Shiwan ceramic skills and techniques have been passed down through many generations of craftsmen.

This is one example of what quality workmanship means in the Asian homeland. In Shiwan, there is a place called “The Figurines Street.” The two craftsmen who create Oriental figurines are Master Lin Wei Dung and Master Lin Wei Ho. They are two brothers who are very well known in this particular region of China for their unsurpassed skill. Their statues have been made for many years in this region. However, they have received almost no competition because no other artists are able to match their particular level of detail in creating beautiful figurines. Their figurines are not cheap, because they are made with such superior skill that they become works of art in a short period of time!

So it goes without saying that many U.S.-based retailers get their Oriental figurines and collectibles from Oriental manufacturers. Even so, before you buy directly from overseas manufacturers always check out the details on these imported items. A safe strategy could be to visit the website or several store locations operated by “Ten Thousand Villages” here in the U.S. This company often contracts with Asian merchants overseas to bring fairly traded, authentic figurines for home decoration. They conveniently cut out all the hassle of dealing with overseas manufacturers and the expensive shipping costs that always go with the import business.

Probably the single most popular Oriental figurine is the Japanese Geisha. In consideration of the Geisha’s near feverish appeal, it is easy to understand why so many people are seeking this kind of collectible. The Japanese tradition of Geishas was an intimate part of the whole “floating world” of Japanese nightlife in old Japan. This era of the past has fascinated the west since Japan opened up to the modern world. The unique and elegant beauty of the Geishas was a result of remarkable attention to detail. The Geishas were famous for their graceful and deliberate movements, their highly refined posture, and the interesting make-up worn on their faces. Admirers of the Geisha also note their beautiful kimono and obi, as well as their distinctive hairstyle, decorative combs, and hair pins.

Once again, the most reliable factor that separates true quality figurines from other products in the Asian collectibles market is meticulous attention to detail in their construction. Bear in mind though that the more attention to detail there is the more money you will have to pay for such a vintage piece of artwork.

Another way to discover what kinds of Oriental collectibles are available to you now is to visit private collectors in your area. You might also visit your local Chinatown shops and grocers because these businesses often carry imported collectibles. This is the fastest and most direct way to find collectibles of the Asian style. Finding the right collectibles for yourself and family will take some effort though. So don’t be discouraged. Your patience will be rewarded in time. Let it be known that you are in the market for these beautiful items. Get your name, email address, and telephone number out there on the Asian internet cities. Your exciting and lucky journey begins today!

Lose Weight by Eating Like the Asians Or the French

The farmers in our country produce enough food for every man, woman, and child to eat 3,800 calories per day.

That is about twice the number of calories that the average person should consume to stay healthy!

Along with the massive number of available food choices and the ability to “super size” just about any meal, it’s a wonder that we Americans still manage to fit into our clothes (actually, many of us don’t because we are morbidly obese).

As Americans we face the problem of overabundance. Not only do farmers overproduce food for this country, but our current lifestyle and culture push people toward being overweight. In this country, eating out is perceived as both a social pleasure and a sensual reward. Americans work hard and play hard, and we reward ourselves by overeating. It’s not considered rude to overeat. How many of us had grandmothers who kept trying to feed us more and more food? In this country, food is love — the more food, the more love.

The Asian and French Difference

In contrast, in Asian and French cultures, good cuisine isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality. Have you ever been to a Japanese restaurant and been served a beautifully-arranged plate of food? The focus is on presentation, and the food that is served is almost always pleasing to the eye. Whereas Americans delight in a plate overflowing with steak and potatoes, Asian and French chefs offer dishes with a lot of “white space.”

In addition, in these cultures children are often taught to eat only to 70% of capacity because it is considered rude to overeat (and loosening your belt after a heavy meal is definitely not acceptable social behavior).

The Asian Focus on Live Foods

Finally, the Asian culture has a much stronger focus on “live” foods than the American culture. Asians consume a great deal of marine algae and seaweed, as well as enzymatically live foods, such as fermented soy products. Studies show that blue-green algae, for instance, keeps people slim because it possesses a great deal of fiber, helps cells detoxify, and best of all, keeps people in a good mood (which prevents emotional eating).

If you want to lose weight, consider viewing food from the viewpoint of the Asians or the French: feast your eyes on food, not your mouth. Focus on foods that are beautifully presented in modest quantities, rather than large heaping piles of food that will last but an instant on your lips, but an eternity on your hips!