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The beauty Cruise who acquires sex appeal of adult with "color and flavor" Color and Fragrance: A Beauty Stroll for Adult Sensibilities
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.40
Hall where all floors are extensive, and both adult and child can enjoy GINZA SIX full of feelings of freedom. When come with child; course where decided TSUTAYA BOOKS of foods floor and 6F of B2F, Ginza dining hall, garden of the roof. But when we are alone……We straighten posture and go with high-heeled shoes to develop thing which is Ginza, "sex appeal of adult" (Vichy!) .
We rush into "GRAND CRU CAFÉGINZA" of 13F if better off in Ginza for 30 minutes. Coffee person and special place not to be able to express with a word. It is space regaining healing to make head empty, and to be able to draw breath relievedly and keen sense for me here.
In fact, coffee is beauty drink. Even if coffee here cools down to use only high-density fully-ripe bean, there is not added flavor in the course of the brewing and is in particular good for beauty because we include polyphenol abundantly. When say by interpretation for me, right "beauty CHARGE drink." Wonder that several cups can give to woman who cannot drink coffee here. While there is, taste with deep flavor and lingering sound infiltrates body more than water. Like totally special liquid cosmetics.
It is thing which comes to rarely say that we are surprised when we become adult, but when I ate this coffee for the first time, from flavor and taste, the various world opens in front and is surprised and memorizes what we were moved with. For example, sounds that scenery and poor actor that white horse leaves straight for old castle get nervous, and orchestra begins to play gorgeously……We felt that Gokan was whetted more and more.
Because it sends the earth and the sun, wind, air cultivating coffee beans to guest thoroughly to make bottling in bottle like champagne. If cork is called flavor to spread at moment that began……! Autonomic nerve keeping being usually confused is regulated well and becomes gentle personality. Evangelist who is chosen that Masaki who proposes to me (unfortunately there is not) thinks out extraction time and quantity by kind of bean.
Structure which orders one bottle with 100 g of roast beans (all \10,000 ～※ lower than + tax price), it is possible for bottle keep for two weeks, and additional charge does not suffer, and can have up to six cups, one cup of happiness. Individual coffee that there is sex appeal that coffee Hunter José. Yoshiaki Kawashima running through the world for coffee of the highest quality chooses about 1/3 of one year and pulled is prepared. And he/she treats glass of beautiful cup and Baccarat of old Noritake, person who visited including leather wall of vegetable tanning of chemicals nonuse with "sex appeal of adult who is Grand cru".
If beauty and happy o charge mind and body together, next to "bear mineral" in B1F. It is mineral cosmetics brand from San Francisco where recognition is near 80% in the United States.
For these past 2-3 years, you take in catalogue with neither beauty nor fashion entirely and "you know own personal KOLOR," but it is boom, but can choose foundation and make KOLOR which are good to oneself here.
By the way, it is not palmistry. We have 40,000 beauty specialists, Kishino who came on seeing skin see "personal color". By color of blood vessel, we ascertain blue bass or yellow base. It is about vest that we see in the inside of finger-tip which does not discolor.
By the way, I for many years "oneself is yellow base. But we felt fuzzy in coming nicely, and liking with blue bass, but were able to get away from darkness at last on that day.
We had you choose three lipsticks looking good on skin of "blue bass close to intermediate color" promptly. To seem to be pretty, and, by color, to be able to handle natural, sensual no direction freely……! As "sex appeal of adult" was theme on that day, we chose one of the right.
Popular menu "bear perfect game" of GINZA SIX-limited "makeup personal lesson" that completely need reservations which own frame and color, quality of skin, habit of care are seen through like fortune-telling at all, and can advise (90 minutes 21,000- yen). Counseling charges can purchase item of bear mineral more than these 21,000 yen free substantially. Have suggest care and item to return to skin original healthy state, for skin care and lineup this as for the foundation. Why will feeling become exalted so much when we choose cosmetics? This is magic of cosmetics making woman beautiful, too.
It is return time soon. It is founding 67 in B2F, "hermitage of Tokyo only store wide at cake artisan end" as souvenir. It was this "ginzatengenteikaseidaishikigammochiori" (800 yen) to have chosen before saying friend of Osaka was bay "souvenir which only Ginza had". It is rice cake which Habutae-mochi can enjoy from adult using Hokkaido Akita soybean, brown sugar of Hateruma, Okinawa and Wasanbon of Awa to child of Shiga Koga who is famous with delicious rice.
Why is theme of this GINZA SIX CRYDD connected to "sex appeal of adult" by this rice cake? It is because this rice cake is ideal image itself for women. Is fragrant so that rice cake wants to take a deep breath because taste, soybean flour such as smooth silk run over for on the day in stone mill at store, with sweetness clean as for the sugar without trouble in the future.
We found "soybean flour candy" in commemoration of the first anniversary of the opening of GINZA SIX (2,500 yen) as rare souvenir one more. Using starch syrup of Japanese oldest candy restaurant "髙kyomagohidarieimonshoten", it is one and taste not to stop again one more.
With smile of the other party to see when we handed pleasure when we buy and souvenir, it is 2 degrees happiness. Because going is this, it is not left weekly GINZA SIX.
Text: Kyoko Ukai Photos: Hidehiro Yamada Edit: Yuka Okada
GINZA SIX has a free and open feel on every floor. It’s a great place for both adults and kids to enjoy. When one arrives with children, the standard route takes in the food floor on the second belowground floor, Ginza Tsutaya Books and Ginza Grand Premium Food Hall on the sixth floor, and the rooftop garden. But when I come by myself, I adopt a different proper posture; I come in high heels to nurture an adult’s sensibilities. It’s Ginza, after all.
With a half hour free in Ginza, I rush to Grand Cru Café on the 13th floor. It’s a special space; the word “café” doesn’t quite capture or do it justice. For me, it’s a healing space that clears the mind and helps me relax. It’s a space that restores the pristine clarity of my senses.
You knew, of course, that coffee is a beauty drink? The coffee served here in particular is made with dense, fully ripened beans. There’s not a hint of bitterness, even after it cools. Plus, it’s loaded with polyphenols, so it’s a beauty boost, too. My personal take is that coffee confers a beauty charge. It’s strange—even women who prefer not to drink coffee will come here and have multiple cups. The coffee has a deep aroma and resonant flavor, and it courses throughout one’s body more readily than water. It’s a special beauty elixir.
You’re rarely surprised by anything once you’re well into your adult years, but the first time I tried this coffee, I remember sitting upright, considering the visions swirling from the aroma and flavor. A white horse heading directly for an old castle, the lustrous swell of the orchestra as the curtain rises—I felt a sudden clarity conferred on all five senses.
The coffee beans are stored in a glass bottle, like champagne, as if to serve the land itself where the coffee beans grow to guests: the sun, the wind, the air. The moment the cork is pulled, the aroma billows. It’s almost as if your normally disordered nervous system gathers harmony and purpose and you become a kinder, gentler person. Masaki-san, who is proposing to me (not actually, unfortunately), is the chosen evangelist, working out brewing times and quantities based on the bean variety.
You order one bottle with 100 grams of roasted coffee beans (from 10,000 yen; all prices listed before tax). The café keeps your bottle for you for two weeks. At no additional charge, you can then drink up to six wonderful cups. Coffee hunter José Y. Kawashima travels the world for a third of the year looking for coffee of the absolute highest quality. He’s the one responsible for procuring the café’s lineup of sensual, highly individualistic brews. Beautiful Old Noritake cups, Baccarat glasses, chemical-free, vegetable-tanned leather walls—guests are treated to an entirely grand cru tier of adult sensibilities.
Physically and mentally recharged, both beauty and sense of joy renewed, I head to bareMinerals on the first belowground floor, the boutique of the bareMinerals cosmetics brand based in San Francisco. The brand boasts an 80% recognition rate in the US.
For the last two or three years, both in beauty and fashion, the trend has been to find your own personal color, rather than simply incorporate the catalog unedited. You come here to have an expert select the foundation and makeup colors absolutely perfect for you.
This isn’t palm-reading. I’m having Kishino-san, a beauty specialist who’s peered at the skin of 40,000 people, determine my personal color. Based on the color of your blood vessels, he determines whether you need a blue base or a yellow base. Ideally, he says, one must look at the fingertips, on the side opposite the nails, which hasn’t been exposed to the sun.
It’s been a mystery to me for years. I’m yellow base, I thought, but blue base is what I like and what feels right. Finally, today, I emerge from the darkness!
Three lipsticks are chosen to match my skin—“blue base, leaning toward neutral-colored.” The colors give me the freedom to create different looks, ranging from innocent appeal to natural to sensual. Since my theme today is adult sensibilities, I go with the one on the right.
The popular barePerfect option (90 minutes; from 21,000 yen) of the Makeup Personal Lesson, a by-appointment-only service available only at GINZA SIX, involves getting your physique, color, skin quality, and maintenance habits read, just like fortune telling. The advice you receive is based on this careful individualized interaction. After the lesson, you can get these bareMinerals items equivalent to the counseling fee of 21,000 yen. You’ll get helpful product and care suggestions that draw on a lineup of skincare and fashion products to restore the natural health of your skin. Where’s the excitement in picking out cosmetics, you ask? Perhaps it’s the magical power of cosmetics to make women beautiful.
It’s just about time to head home. I go to buy a gift at Kashisho Suehiroan, a store founded in 1967. It’s located on the second belowground floor, the brand’s only location in Tokyo. Earlier, a friend of mine from Osaka gave me a gift “you can only find in Ginza”—this Fresh Daishi Prayer Rice Cake (800 yen), designed exclusively for the Ginza location. Made with Habutae rice from Koga in Shiga Prefecture, a region renowned for its rice, to which the confectioner adds Akita soybeans from Hokkaido, brown sugar from Hateruma, Okinawa, and wasanbon, or refined Japanese sugar, from Awa in Shikoku, these rice cakes are the ideal treat for everyone, children to adults.
How do these rice cakes fit with the adult sensibilities theme I’ve chosen for today’s GINZA SIX stroll? Well, that’s a good question. Perhaps it’s because the rice cakes themselves embody a feminine ideal. With a fine, silky texture and the roasted soy flour ground fresh only for the day at the store, the rice cakes have a fragrance one will want to inhale deeply. They’re also refreshingly sweet in a way that’s never excessive or cloying.
I also purchased the Kinako Ame (2,500 yen), roasted-soybean-powdered candies, to give as a hard-to-find gift. Made with starch syrup from Takahashi Ameya, Japan’s oldest maker of starch syrup, it commemorates GINZA SIX’s one-year anniversary. It’s also irresistibly delicious, something I always want one more of.
Gifts are double the fun. There’s the pleasure of the purchase and the joy of seeing the recipient’s face brightening. That alone is enough to keep me returning to GINZA SIX once a week.
Text：Kyoko Ukai Photos：Hidehiro Yamada Edit：Yuka Okada
Kyoko UkaiBegan freelance career after stint as editor of a beauty magazine. Pens articles and beauty advice columns for magazines ranging from MAQUIA, marisol, BAILA, SPUR, and LEE to anan, Croissant, and otonaMUSE. Also active in ad production, branding, event planning, and other corporate communications. The mother of two children, she’s constantly alive to the possibilities for a fun approach to beauty maintenance that resonates across all five senses.
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