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All Bundled Up for Winter with Zero Femininity? How to Be Amazing When You Take It Off All Bundled Up for Winter with Zero Femininity? How to Be Amazing When You Take It Off
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.92
"It is this year somehow" of "mild winter". I who am super sensitive to the cold who heaved a sigh of relief for such a rumor that we heard in autumn relievedly. But. Do you come to somewhat feel cold at an increasing tempo as you go at the end of the year in here these days? That's why it is already plunge in annual "wearing extra clothes" to spend by coordination complete devotion that thought about "cold protection" in first priority above all season. When it is this season, by excessive pursuit of warmth, to wear various things, general silhouette always "mossari." Naturally motivation to going out is DADA falling and word, it is often that it is, but what we advocate with mind secretly by all means in such a case "is great if it is seen in this way, and I take off!" on seeing "woman degree" being limitless, and own figure really moving in mirror in front of the entrance at the time of morning attendance in zero. The important thing is, "in fact, is fufufufu if take off this "mossari"…I hide thing which is full of na femininity…We let oneself take for "by oneself and are self-mind control strategy feeling slightly sick to make feel forward, but are enough weak so that grounds hatoieba asserts, "it is great if we take off!" with thing as for because "it soaked in bath of melty bath powder, in fact, to boast of high humidity retention to this morning", "we touch underwear of lace which, in fact, is wonderful today"…. That's why it is very near for New Year holidays of Reiwa beginning. We went to GINZA SIX to reach new age as genuine woman who "was great if, in fact, we took off".
For example, if, from women who were next in woman who passed each other incidentally at home of subway and woman, cafe which rode on elevator accidentally, there is good flavor of article gently with chance, "is like that, and is unconditional saying kono woman is surely saying "will not be ordinary person", and is there thinking thing? It is said that real figure and fashion are anything, or such a thing does not get into eyes, and brilliance of part of "the living body", quality of being a woman seem to rise clearly. Power of flavor is such great. At first, in anything, it is setting in mission first in letting "you borrow of sweet smell going up gently at moment when we took off rather heavy coat and bring on quality of being a woman" of "the living body" and reinforce "great feeling if you take off". When if is Chanel who brought about many world-famous aroma of precious incense, flavor with "magical power" to draw quality of being a woman in me by all means should be found; promptly to "CHANEL FRAGRANCE & BEAUTY" (CHANEL fragrance & beauty) of B1F. It just passed through gorgeous Christmas display put for the front desk of shop, and motivation to first mission clear is already up suddenly, too.
The shop where "Coco mademoiselle" keeps all in familiar CHANEL fragrance let alone "CHANEL N ° 5" in "chance" of popularity regardless of generation which is released in 1921, and becomes pronoun of fragrance of CHANEL "CHANEL N ° 19" where we gave hommage to on August 19, 1883 that is birthday of Gabrielle Chanel be made to be filled with good flavor enchanted by. When it is the truth height of maison of aroma of precious incense pair that as various people try various flavor, there is not at all quarrelling thing, and can enjoy festival of flavor to be able to taste only there at the adversely moment even if flavor of several kinds mixes in this way, change.
And in fragrance Collection "rezekusukurujifudushaneru" selling in this boutique only at 15 limited stores in Japan. This special Collection that creation and Elegance of mademoiselle CHANEL of the times dwell in each flavor in the times, and the essence of flavor by successive exclusive belonging perfumers who dealt with perfuming is inherited. We do not permit any compromise and are feeling with this one destined to draw "quality of being a woman" which was unknown in 17 kinds in "mossari" which we made up of me!
However, it is the considerably most difficult skill when we pick flavor to come to oneself suddenly from much flavor…. Voice of after exposing muetto to the tip of nose from one end first of all while thinking of this, "what kind of flavor is preference?" and the sky! Full-time fragrance specialist comes to this boutique, and, from preference and atmosphere of the person, image to want to become, is this! He/she seems to work as maid picking one called this. Thankful!
That's why what finally chose this "BOY" (all photograph the second one from the right, 200 ml of 46,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price). Right special "flavor of love" that this flavor that named legendary lover whom mademoiselle Chanel continued loving through life, nickname of asakaperu shows face which is new again by mixing with flavor of partner when we embraced each other with somebody important while giving skin of woman Nuance which is masukyurin. It is indicated when we see well whether love to BOY of mademoiselle CHANEL was thing deep how from design of bottle that distance of logo of CHANEL and logo of BOY is nearer than other flavor of Collection. We have a pain and lose mind to anecdote of this trivia which we asked about this time and are conviction when this "flavor of joy that loves, and is loved" certainly raises my "real fresh-and-blood great feeling".
I who hold onto vending machine of lip which we were worried about before leaving for the next mission in hand in "BOY" which had you put ribbon neatly whenever we always happen to pass by in front of boutique. This sense of fun that puts high-quality cosmetics in "the vending machine" in this way! Favorite dish! But as unfortunately KOLOR which I wanted was sold out, this again in the next fun.
Well, we wear "flavor of joy that loves, and is loved" in the body and emotionally already come off “ anytime! Even "(← is force of) which nobody expects, and jump onto escalator, to glasses Shops "EYESTYLE" (istyle) at 5F. Glasses of 500-600 kinds gathered in this Shops of witty preparation called concept from home and abroad "hobby room of adult of the 70s" in one place. Then as the second mission of this me is so "selection of glasses to look good" with when we say why you came here. That is because acquaintance man declaring openly that we love woman wearing glasses "just hangs glasses to look good with before and adult woman charges an extra 6 and becomes particularly sexy. Because we can see iris of the eye by frame effect of glasses very neatly. And we take off glasses unintentionally and "bare" feel like never seeing nomamano eyes when we see the impressive eye and is sexier as for the again gesture when we take off…"Has far-off eyes, and remember that you said…. "Glasses beautiful woman" is surely moistened slightly though we are intellectual, and there may be "feeling that is great if we take off". Let's have the idea by all means!
Honestly, anyway, for several years, function is first although glasses wearing frequency in everyday life goes up by result that that (← farsightedness) by age began more and more! Well, it is poor for experience that we did including selection of glasses which matched face of oneself slowly and carefully. What I should do, we were getting upset a little, and I feel someone's something or other in the rear…. I hate fault when we turn around, good-looking guy!
Of course, as for this good-looking real identity, the name is Tani in the staff of this shop. As is expected, like the staff of discerning glasses Shops, we hang individual glasses of metal frame cool lightly! I who try the cause of advice of such Tani, various forms, glasses of material. Well, it is three points of this that finally remained as candidate. From the top, it is the SAINT LAURENT SL264 005 front desk: Plastic material, temple: Metal material (40,000 yen), the OLIVER PEOPLES STILES MSYC front desk: Plastic material, temple: Metal material (33,000 yen), the GUCCI GG0611OK 001 front desk: Metal material, temple: Plastic material (47,000 yen).
As is expected, there is little difference between anything, and, as expected of select of having a practised eye, write many times; competing. It is misbehavior to let we get in the swing, and question, words clog up to Tani not to do "which is it that is seen for "moist glasses beautiful woman" wind most?". We want to apologize on this occasion. I'm sorry.
It was settled down to new item of GUCCI of black classical type after all. When was at a loss, but give to Tani till the last, and do "type that iris of the eye is big like customer of Otsuka of manager to rather thin black frame with classical type of graige, only by adult woman is casual; intellectual;, think that can provide voluptuousness evidently; advice for decisive factor. It is fine adjustment about policy over and over again that adjusts this shop finely finely at all to write most splendidly, and to be able to handle judgment that we chose on that day. By the way, seem to be seen attractively womanfully most when lower eyelids come to central part of frame when wore glasses according to Otsuka, of course like that adjustment.
It is surely good if we hang thing which had you make temporary adjustment! It is good for hijo! Crawl first until now as you were often doing how to use feeling that, if anything, is low-riding eyeglasses state one step this side when you go to people in CM of peach shop! May we put up to such top? The touch that impression of iris of the eye stands out, and surely comes out to until a feeling of becoming wet that seems to be sexy though we thought of this. After all, story false for advice professional! We were satisfied with step having further improved "feeling that was great if we took off" by having obtained "moist beautiful woman glasses" and left for the next mission in this way.
By flavor and effect of glasses, as for the meter of "feeling that is great if we take off", the third mission is finally "feel of a material improvement of real skin" when we approach to the full steadily. Add to drying, and, "well, give "shoboi" which have dry by lack of everyday care unworthy of beauty editor called family, and is stiff, and becomes bumpy body moisture and luster, and it is well said that is cold because is skin, season not to provide anyway"; in order to let "it is said of adhering to, and be reborn as the finest skin", to "CLARINS SKIN SPA" (CLARINS skin spa) of B1F.
Long-established stores in long-established store of beauty treatment salon which polished skin and mind of women of the world with original method "CLARINS touch" by all hands and "ingredient derived from plant" to a bright shine since CLARINS opened beauty treatment salon "Institut Clarins" in Paris in 1954. To iyagaonimo, "stick to body" coming off anytime expectation increases. Curriculum of treatment starts from counseling by expert Naito of therapist calendar 13 years. Without if see smile soft kindly of Naito who hears story while seeing still this eye, thinking; when "entered bed probably because drying of skin was terrible to sleep at night, the shin of foot became itchy intensely, and tore result that scratched, and scratched, and scratched, and there has been until wound…Until shameful confession that ", said, have done just carelessly, but Naito with a smile saying "leave it to me." Yes! We entrust all you!
Menu to be optional, and to add "body Renew" removing tense keratin in drying well (30 minutes 11,000 yen) to "body silhouette" which gives skin moisture and a feeling of tension in hand treatment using plentiful vegetable oil in Naito having chosen in order "to stick to, and to lead to body" of aim (60 minutes 17,000 yen) with skin of dry me so that itch is given. Well, we start from scrub that surgical operation dries and turns off keratin which became thick easily. After beginning with back, and having removed keratin to leg, stomach, decollete throughout from head to foot, catch shower thyme once, and to oil massage. My body that oil is breathed in thanks to keratin care smoothly so as to be interesting. That already smiles wryly saying Naito is saying "even oil, salmon roe are contained" (?) Level so as to do. "Finest it sticks to feeling" that we slept soundly in honesty, the latter half and did what or did not remember, but the touch to snuggle up to hand suddenly of skin around the thigh which woke, and touched immediately right totally demanded from excessive comfort of hand touch of Naito such as copybook called "like this with exquisite power!" without being too weak without being too strong. Of course this whole body;, for the touch, touched own body here and there by oneself unintentionally "suddenly", and have rolled up. Mission 3 is completion for perfect in this way.
By the way, item which used in this treatment from the right "smoothing body scrub" (200 g of 5,500 yen), "body oil “ tonic “" (100 ml of 7,400 yen), "extra farming body cream N" (200 g of 8,500 yen). Similarly even boutique of CLARINS in B1F is available. If though is inferior to maneuver of therapist, play home care using item of use of carefully selected plant ingredient, this; "stick to, and can continue feeling more, too?"
Well, by mission of past three, "feeling that is great if we take off" is already mission in the last of people push when "it is great sticks to even if we really take off and obtains skin". After all, care from the physical inside is essential to let you keep various "great feelings" that you obtained by the visit to today's GINZA SIX even slightly for a long time. Hey, the quality of physical condition is connected directly with state of skin conspicuously as we repeat age. We cannot cry in future if we cry that many of "horror" that we scraped up by the body impoverishment by spurt of work of the expected year-end last with much effort is no better off than before if it is in thing! We consume "even fermented food" which one, immunity up and antioxidant effect can expect energetically and must evade such a catastrophe here! That's why to "Ginza SENNENKOUJIYA" of B2F which selected carefully, and attracted food which was particular about "fermentation" which was from Niigata Uonuma to all members.
We were entertained with homemade amazake which lets you ferment, and made straight ricemalt with rice cooker in home of teacher of cooking that we asked about by coverage, but body feel like having somewhat lightened somewhat last month after having been delicious at all after having had. This wants to make product everyday "vitalizer" myself! As we thought of this secretly, is there straight ricemalt? After looking around how, there was, there was. At big pile! As for the name with discerning straight ricemalt from brewing of Hakkaisan which is famous for this, sake "storehouse soup stock life ricemalt of Hakkaisan" (700 yen). Other than amazake, it seems to be usable to cook salt with ricemalt, soy sauce with ricemalt and miso.
Well, I hate when we put straight ricemalt of guide in the shopping bag and turn around to go to cash register! Seasoning such as original sauce using ricemalt or soy sauce form a line in a row and call me…. But it is not already revealed whether there are too many curious things, and it is correct answer that takes which home….
In by saying this, having tasting of curious thing in particular. From the right of "ricemalt soy sauce" (200 ml of 600 yen), "ricemalt ponzu vinegar white sesame" (200 ml of 600 yen), "soup stock ricemalt sause to hang" (200 ml of 600 yen). Kind taste that we seem to be just good glub-glub probably because of "maromi" by power of ricemalt, and there is not the corner!
And, in addition to straight ricemalt, purchase by soy sauce and sauce one, and shopping for underwear care is finito, too. We left for home with forward feeling recently in order to be to have obtained excellent fermentation seasoning, and to do the body detox to be in me who "was great if we took off" even if it was cold this winter and wore extra clothes though we were busy and played truant from cooking food for oneself for a long time that we should reopen from today.
Text: Chino Hara Photos: Yuka Fujisawa Edit: Yuka Okada (edit81)
It’s going to be a warm winter, apparently. I’ve been hearing this since autumn. Since I’m extremely sensitive to cold, I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief. And yet, it’s gotten awfully cold awfully fast recently, as the year’s end is drawing near. Every year, I’ve taken to bundling up early, with a single-minded focus on staving off the cold. As the cold sinks in, I initiate a fevered pursuit of warmth, wearing layer upon insulating layer. The end result, unfortunately, is a rather dowdy silhouette. My feminine quotient nosedives to zero. In the morning, when I look in the mirror before stepping out for work, I see dowdy in motion, and my motivation to go out frequently takes a hit. But I’ll always silently recite the following words: “I may look like this, yes, but when I take it off, I’m amazing!” In other words, when I slough off this dowdiness, you’ll see an abundant femininity hiding beneath. At least that’s what I blatantly kid myself into believing, to boost my confidence and mood—a form of self-encouragement. Obviously, it’s quite not as convincing as wearing some exquisite lace lingerie or having a hot highly moisturizing bath one morning. And so, with the first New Year of the new Reiwa era just around the corner, I decide to greet the new year as a woman who is truly convinced to be ‘amazing when she takes it off’, and head off to GINZA SIX.
Here’s an example: When you share an elevator with or pass a woman on the subway platform or happen to sit next to a woman at a café who, by chance, is perfumed in the most refined fragrance imaginable, don’t you reflexively think: This is no ordinary woman? No matter the person’s figure or fashion—aspects you may not even notice—there’s a clear and powerful sense of the wonderful corporeal femininity. Fragrance has enormous power. So, as my first mission, I decide to reinforce this sense, this sense of an amazing revelation of veiled femininity, through the power of perfume wafting gently into the air the moment I shed my heavy coat. Chanel produces a number of the world’s most famous perfumes. Undoubtedly they make a magic fragrance capable of accentuating the femininity I’m hiding within. Without further ado, I head to Chanel Fragrance & Beauty on the first belowground floor.
I make my way through the gorgeous Christmas display at the front of the store and, instantly, my motivation for my first mission goes through the roof. The store has all the Chanel fragrances we know and love, including Chanel N°19, an homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s birth date—August 19, 1883—and, of course, the iconic Chanel N°5, available since 1921, along with Chance and Coco Mademoiselle, which are popular with all generations. The store is full of spellbinding aromas. Even with various people trying on various perfumes and any number of fragrances swirling and intermingling, one encounters no bickering or conflict among scents. In effect, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a complex aroma that can be experienced only in that moment, the true test of a famous perfumery.
The boutique here at GINZA SIX also carries the fragrance collection, Les Exclusifs de Chanel, something sold by just 15 stores in Japan. Each fragrance in the collection embodies the creativity and elegance of Mademoiselle Chanel at different phases of her career. Each carries on the essence of scents developed by successive generations of the company’s perfumers. It’s a distinctive collection. Of these 17 fragrances, all made without compromise, I have a premonition one is meant for me, the one that will draw out the femininity cloaked within dowdy me.
But with such an array of choices, making the ideal choice suddenly feels something beyond mere mortals. As I’m thinking this, holding a blotter to my nose, I hear a voice from the blue: “What scents do you like?” What a relief! The boutique is attended by fragrance specialists, who help you choose the perfect perfume based on your preferences, hopes, and general disposition.
Ultimately, with their help, I chose BOY (photo, second from right, 200 ml, 46,000 yen; all prices listed before tax). The fragrance is named after Arthur “Boy” Capel, the legendary lover of Mademoiselle Chanel, the love of her life. The scent adds a masculine nuance to a woman’s skin; when she embraces a special person in her life, it mingles with the other’s scent and unveils another side of itself. Truly, it’s a distinctive fragrance of love. When I look closely, I see that the CHANEL logo and BOY logo are positioned closer to each other on the label than for the rest of the collection, expressing, no doubt, Mademoiselle Chanel’s love for Boy. I’m completely taken by this covert consideration and convinced a fragrance inspired by the joy of loving and being loved will boost the amazing femininity of my own living flesh.
I take in hand Boy, with a lovely ribbon around it. Before moving on to my next mission, I stop at the lipstick vending machine, which catches my eye every time I walk by. I love the whimsy of putting high-end cosmetics in a vending machine! But the color I want is sold out. I’ll just have to look forward to it the next time.
I put on this fragrance, inspired by the joy of loving and being loved, and feel empowered now to disclose myself, or to lie in wait, as I please. This is my mood as I board the elevator and head to EYESTYLE, an eyewear boutique on the fifth floor. Designed to resemble an “adult’s hobby room from the 1970s,” the stylishly appointed shop offers 500 or 600 types of eyewear from makers in Japan and abroad. Now, let me tell you why I’m here: My second mission is to choose some eyewear that looks good on me. I have a male friend who’s publicly proclaimed he loves women in glasses. “When a woman wears a pair of glasses that look good on her,” he says, “especially an adult woman, her sexiness quotient goes up 60%. It’s because the eyewear frames her black eyes and makes them look incredibly beautiful. When I see such striking eyes, I’m driven to see her eyes without her glasses. And when she reaches to take them off, she becomes sexier still…” I remember him saying all this with a distant look in his eyes. And it’s true, beautiful women in glasses have an intellectual look, but there’s an allure, too. It’s there, the “When I take it off, I’m amazing” thing. With this idea, I’m on board; let’s try some on.
For the past several years, I’ve started to have a bit of trouble making out what I’m reading. As I’d needed glasses more and more frequently just for day-to-day stuff, I decided it’s the function that matters. In brief, I’m short on experience choosing glasses that really fit my face. What to do, what to do? I’m getting flustered when behind me I feel someone’s presence; I turn around, and, oh my, a good-looking guy!
The good-looking guy here is, of course, one of the shop staff. His name is Tani-san. He ticks all the boxes for a sales attendant at an exclusive eyewear store. He wears metal-framed glasses with a lot of personality and looks very good, yet nonchalant wearing them. Listening to Tani-san’s advice, I try on glasses in various shapes and materials. Ultimately I settle on three finalists. From the top: SAINT LAURENT SL264 005 (plastic frame front, metal temples; 40,000 yen); OLIVER PEOPLES STILES MSYC (plastic frame front, metal temples; 33,000 yen); GUCCI GG0611OK 001 (metal frame front, plastic temples; 47,000 yen).
Tani-san, with his expert eye, has made such good choices I don’t know which to choose. I try on each several times. Finally, I get carried away and ask: “Which ones make me look most beautiful and alluring?” This leaves him at a loss for words. I take this opportunity to apologize to him for this. Sorry, Tani-san!
I ended up settling on the new version of the classic black Guccis. I went back and forth with the classic greige version, but store manager Otsuka-san joined in. “When people with large, black eyes like you wear thin, black frames, it brings out the subtle intellectualism and sexiness adult women have.” And, with that, my mind is made up. The store here has a policy of adjusting the eyewear you choose with extreme care to make them look their very best on you. Today, too, they make repeated painstaking adjustments to my glasses. Incidentally, according to Otsuka-san, eyeglasses are most feminine and alluring when your lower eyelids come to the middle part of the frame. So, of course, I have them adjusted to those exact specifications.
After the initial adjustments, I put my glasses on. Yes, they’re great! I always wear my glasses somewhat forward on my nose—maybe not quite falling off my nose, like the man in the Momoya commercial, but forward. So I was surprised: should they really ride this high? Almost immediately, then, I realize wearing them this way does in fact accentuate my black eyes, and I feel more alluring and sexy, as well. You have to hand it to the pros. Their advice is spot on. I’ve acquired the eyewear of a beautiful, alluring woman and feel I’ve taken yet another step forward in my quest to be amazing unveiled. On to my next mission!
With perfume and eyewear, I’m well on my way to feeling amazing when I take it off. My third mission, finally, is to improve the actual feel of my skin. Due to the cold, dry air and because I think—completely unbecoming of a beauty editor—“Well, since you don’t exactly show much skin in winter anyway, what does it matter?” I neglect daily care. My shabby frame is dry, coarse, and bumpy. I need to transform this into top-flight, supple, moisturized skin, so I head to Clarins Skin Spa on the first belowground floor.
Clarins is a day spa of long standing, first established with the opening of Institut Clarins in Paris in 1954. It relies on a proprietary massage method, called Clarins Touch, applied entirely by the masseuse’s hands, along with plant-derived ingredients, to burnish the skin and spirits of women the world over. My hopes are high now for a body that’s moist and supple that will allow me to present myself, entirely as I am, at any time. The treatment course begins with counseling from Naito-san, a veteran beauty therapist of 13 years. Naito-san hears me out while peering into my eyes. Her warm, gentle smile prompts me to confess, all of a sudden: “When I crawl into bed at night, maybe because my skin is so dry, my shins get extremely itchy. I scratch and scratch. It leaves marks.” Blurting this out leaves me feeling embarrassed, but Naito-san merely smiles. “Leave it to me,” she says. Yes! Perfect! I’ll leave it all up to you.
To transform skin so dry it itches into a suitably moist and supple feminine envelope, Naito-san chooses a menu of Body Silhouette (60 minutes, 17,000 yen), a massage treatment that relies on ample plant-based oils to moisturize and firm the skin, with the added option of Body Renew (30 minutes, 11,000 yen), which thoroughly removes dried and hardened keratin. The treatment begins with a scrub to gently remove dry horny keratin. It removes keratin from every part of my body, from my back to my legs, abdomen, and décolleté. This is followed by a shower, after which my oil massage begins. Thanks to the keratin therapy, my body swiftly absorbs the oil—quite interesting! Naito-san says, with what appears to be wry smile, “Now you’re set to soak up all the oil you need.” Not too strong, not too weak, just the right amount of pressure from the hands—this is just how it should feel, I think. The touch of Naito-san’s hands feels so good, I doze off in the second half; I don’t really remember it, but when I wake up and touch the skin around my thighs, it seems to fit perfectly into my hands—truly the ultimate moist suppleness I was after. Of course, my entire body had this firm, supple feel. Without thinking, I found myself touching my skin here and there. Mission 3 ends in success.
Incidentally, the products used in my treatment are, from right, Exfoliating Body Scrub For Smooth Skin (200 g, 5,500 yen); Tonic Treatment Oil (100 ml, 7,400 yen); and Extra-Firming Body Cream (200 g, 8,500 yen). All the products can be purchased at the Clarins boutique, also on the first belowground floor. It may not quite meet the standards of a therapist’s massage, but home care using products with rigorously selected plant-based ingredients can help this moist and supple feel last that much longer.
With these three missions complete, “When I take it off, I’m amazing!” now includes amazingly moist and supple skin. This leaves just one more mission, my last. To prolong the varieties of amazing I’ve acquired here today at GINZA SIX, I need care on the inside as well. As you get older, the way you feel has a remarkable and direct impact on the condition of your skin. It would be beyond disappointing if the final rush of work I expect at the end of the year led to dispiriting fatigue, undoing all the invaluable amazings I’ve acquired here and leaving me back where I started. To avoid such a catastrophe, one thing I can do is to eat a ton of fermented foods, which help boost immunity and provide antioxidant effects. I go to Sennenkoujiya on the second belowground floor, which stocks a wide-ranging rigorously selected lineup of food products featuring fermentation from Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture.
Last month, I went to the house of a chef to do an interview and was treated to homemade amazake, a fermented rice (nama-koji) drink. The chef made the nama-koji fermented in a rice cooker, I was told. Not only was it delicious, drinking it conferred a pleasing sense of energy and fleetness. I resolved to make it myself for a reliable daily boost. So, today, I wonder if they have nama-koji to make the drink. I’m looking, looking… and there it is! They have a ton of it! This is a special nama-koji from the noted brewery of the Hakkaisan sake. The name, too, lets you know it: Hakkaisan no Kuradashi Nama-koji (700 yen). Along with making amazake, it can be used for salted koji, soy sauce koji, and miso.
I put the nama-koji in my shopping cart and turn to check out, when—hey, there are rows and rows of original sauces, soy sauces, and other condiments and seasonings here, all with koji, and they’re calling my name! There’s too much here to pique one’s interest. What to bring home?
I’m at a loss, so the proprietor grants me a special opportunity to taste some of the products that tempt me. From the right are Koji no Shoyu (200 ml, 600 yen), Koji Ponzu Shirogoma (200 ml, 600 yen), and Kakerudashi Kojidare (200 ml, 600 yen). Perhaps because of the mellowness of koji, the flavor is gentle and soothing, as if you could simply drink it down.
As well as nama-koji, I buy an original sauce and soy sauce, one bottle each, and my inner care shopping is complete. I’ve been so busy lately that my meals have become haphazard—I’ve hardly cooked for myself. Now that I have these top-of-the-line fermented seasonings, I’ll start cooking at home again to detox my body because, I must say, even if it’s winter and cold and I’m always bundling up, “When I take it off, I’m amazing!” Feeling the warmth of positivity, I make my way home.
Text: Chino Hara Photos: Yuka Fujisawa Edit: Yuka Okada（edit81）
Worked as an editor at a number of fashion magazines; currently serves as beauty editor at Marisol, a magazine for 40-something working women. Also pens a beauty-themed column for the magazine, Unubore Biyo (Beauty Tips Boosting Self Esteem).GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram