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Escaping the Everyday Routine to Restore My Spirits Escaping the Everyday Routine to Restore My Spirits
Tomoko Endo VOCE Editor-in-Chief
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.106
I didn't think my life would be so noisy ──. My job is the editor-in-chief of the beauty magazine VOCE. And there are still two young children. One day after waking up early in the morning, there is almost no "personal time" except for the toilet. Surely, people of the same generation as me are more or less relied on, and I guess I tend to be late. You may not be trying to crush one eye on the reduced physical strength and the appearance of gradually loosening the outline. In order to spend such a day without puncturing, you need some ingenuity.
So, once a month, I try to escape from routine days. If possible, turn off your mobile phone and don't tell anyone where you are going. A ingenuity to keep loving both the work I like and the role at home.
Today's escape is GINZA SIX, a calm adult space.
Since I have been with you for more than 40 years, I know my own mood points. The first thing I headed was "Hotel Chocolat" on the B2F, which just opened at the end of December last year.
Anyway, it is a type that breathes deeply with the scent of cacao rather than perfume, and chocolate is always available. I think the combination with black coffee is the best, and no warm chocolate drink relaxes my feelings. For me, this is just Wonderland! According to the shop, "Hotel Chocolat is a British brand, but they make tea many times every day. Each time, the sweet chocolate is eaten, so the feature is that the amount of sugar is reduced so as not to take too much sugar. " Indeed, at the beginning of the component column, there is a cacao solid instead of sugar.
I got a baton-type chocolate that represents the Hotel Chocolat. The impression that came out was "deeper than chocolate I have eaten so far!" I'm sorry. The aroma and richness are deep and excellent, but also satisfying sweetness. It will be appreciated by the souvenirs of the filming.
And I still really want to buy it here, a chocolate drink maker (\10,000 * All tax-included prices below) that will be "Bellbe Tyser". It is said that the British home appliance brand "Dualit" (stylish toaster is famous) is a dedicated device that realizes "perfect chocolate drink" developed for hotel chocolate.
With a mint flavor hot chocolate (\500) sold at the store in one hand, your head is loose. "I can make this hot chocolate in two and a half minutes." "It seems easy to wash." "But where do you put it in that kitchen?" The individually wrapped sachet is incited with gradation of cacao percentage and flavors such as mint and ginger. At this point, the "your own mood index" became Max as early as possible.
By the way, Kakao at Hotel Chocolat was not produced under unfair employment. Not only that, but also cosmetics are made using Kakao Shell and Kakao Pot, which are usually discarded. The package has been turned into composting and reusable materials. Including that attitude, the hotel Chocolat became my steady brand.
One of the small stresses of the day is wearing underwear that does not fit the mood and body at that time. Underwear is very important for women to act on their minds. When you reach the 4th floor, you will reach WACOAL MAISON, which will be greeted at an entrance like a sanctuary.
I want to say that I came to choose a high-quality lingerie, but the most important thing is to "face your body" with Wacoal's unique 3D body can. Here, you can receive a free service called "3D Smart & Tri" that measures your body with 360 degrees 3D by digital measurement. Change into paper underwear and hold the bar in a box like a wide proof camera for 5 seconds. On the screen, there was an outline projected with 3D that I had never seen. Reality. At any time, nothing can be solved by looking away from reality.
After being nude by AI, a human turn. The staff explains the tendency of the proposal with the body of the slice (thickness and width) projected on the tablet, and proposes the best underwear for me now based on 18 detailed measurement data. I can get it. According to self-judgment, many people choose a smaller size than the appropriate size. Some of the underwear that shows the measurement data and lifestyle and preferences are gorgeous, which you can't choose yourself. "Even if you look flashy on your own, if you wear it, your skin will look beautiful or look surprisingly good." Patroling the store, I noticed Richard Avedon's photo book and the delicate race on top. It is layered several times, and a woman who has forgotten to put it far away is recalled in a race like a fairy tale woven with gold thread. After all, the power of the lingerie is great!
After measurement and counseling, they will receive a detailed data sheet that records the reality of their body with numbers. If this is the case, the history will remain like a hospital chart, so you can choose the perfect lingerie even if you do not measure it afterwards. The clear file handed was designed so that the numbers could not be seen well with the flower pattern. It's a space where girls can keep the details in detail.
Finally, there is also a men's corner created in the style of a library, so let's write that you can relax and enjoy each other even if you come to choose a partner.
What I visited while dragging the feeling of excitement with chocolate and races was "Maison DECORT" on the B1F, the flagship store of the cosmetic brand "Cosme de Corte", which I love every day.
If you are involved in a beauty magazine, you can clearly see the power and hospitality of the brand Cosmeticorate. At the same time, we can overcome the seemingly conflicting mission of delivering cutting-edge technologies created by long-term research unique to leading manufacturers to users in a way that can be used on a daily basis. The reason why Cosme de Cosmeticorate is supported is that it is in a product structure that continues to be used because it is comfortable to use and I like the scent. (In fact, I use cosmetic decort in a series now.) . Because it can be continued, it is naturally effective. Here, you can also get a luxurious treatment (60 minutes, ¥ 22,000-) using the item of AQ Military, the highest line of cosmetics de cortets.
First, counseling in a space designed by the interior design master Marcel Wonders.
Shimi, wrinkles, tarumi and bears! There are too many skin problems for each year, and even a tealess order, "Please give me all!"
Each of the three treatment rooms has a different concept. The special arrangement of space, fragrance and music will maximize the effect of treatment. On this day, I went to a room called "Calm" reminiscent of the water surface. This darkness, temperature and light shakes. Time as if you were caught in a shelter that nobody was chased by.
After carefully cleansing while relaxing the skin with a scimmer, and then taking care of the horny layer while aspiring with a beauty device that set natural diamonds, the horny layer and accumulated dirt were absorbed into a gray ring. I realize that it is necessary to take care of horny layer that cannot be achieved by self-care. What surprised me by the hand care from there was the warmth of the hands who performed the treatment. It seems that you are in the hot spring to your face, and you can see better. It's an important time to care for yourself every day, but the luxury of getting people to do it is exceptional.
I chose a 90-minute treatment (\33,000, limited for the first time, ¥ 24,750). After the operation, I didn't apply foundation. The skin, which was able to reflect light correctly, was revived with gloss and blood, and it was finished to want to go out as it was. Oh, my skin is still so lively. Naturally, the spine stretches and the mouth level rises. Your skin is convincing. To believe the potential of your skin. It's a surprising energy. After all, beauty is good. In this way, the brain is going back to work.
But I think this is all right. I'm frightened, I'm running away a little, and I'm going to go again. Because I really like the days like Mebius's ring.
Text: Tomoko Ando Photos: Michika Mochizumi Edit: Yuka Okada (81)
I didn’t realize my life was this unsettled. I work as editor-in-chief at VOCE, a beauty magazine. I have two young children. From the time I wake very early in the morning, pretty much the only time I have to myself is when I go to the bathroom. I think, at this point, people in my generation—me included—are all relied upon by others, to varying degrees, so we tend to put off taking care of our own needs. We cannot help but turn a blind eye to waning energy, both physical and mental, or our appearance, with contours growing more dull, little by little. To be able to get through every day without springing a leak takes some ingenuity.
Which is why once a month I try to escape my regular routine. If possible, I turn my mobile phone off, tell no one where I’m going, and turn my attention to single-mindedly restoring my spirits. It’s a simple way to ensure I continue enjoying my work and cherishing and appreciating my role at home.
My getaway today is a space of calm and maturity: GINZA SIX.
I’ve been with myself now for over 40 years, so I know what I need to lift my spirits. I head straight for Hotel Chocolat on the second belowground floor (the name alone draws you in). It opened just last year, at the end of December.
I’m the type of person who finds the aroma of chocolate more intoxicating than perfume, and I always have some on hand. Chocolate with black coffee is the absolute best. Nothing soothes a rumpled soul better than a warm chocolate drink. So, I’m in wonderland here. “Hotel Chocolat is a British brand,” a staff member tells me. “In Britain, they drink tea many times a day. And they’ll have some sweet chocolate with tea each time, so the sugar content is kept low to avoid overconsumption.” That makes sense. And it’s true, the first thing listed on the ingredients is not sugar; it’s cocoa solids.
I try some of the chocolate batons, one of Hotel Chocolat’s specialties. My impression: “Richer than any chocolate I’ve ever had!!” They have aroma, richness, depth—refined and satisfying sweetness. A great gift for photo shoots, I think.
What I’m about to buy is this: The Velvetiser, an in-home hot chocolate machine (¥10,000; all prices listed tax included). You can make the perfect chocolate drink using this dedicated machine, developed exclusively for Hotel Chocolat by UK electronics maker Dualit (famous for its stylish toasters).
With a mint-flavored hot chocolate (500 yen at the store) in one hand, my head spins. “Makes hot chocolate in two-and-a-half minutes…easy to clean…and where would it look perfect in that kitchen of mine?” The individually wrapped sachets come marked with cocoa percentage gradations and various flavors, like mint and ginger. Very intriguing. Already, at this early stage, I’m approaching peak personal mood.
Incidentally, a lot of effort goes to make sure the production of Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa is completely free of unethical labor practices. Parts that normally go to waste, like the cocoa shells and pods, are repurposed to make cosmetic products. The current packaging is compostable and reusable. For all these reasons, Hotel Chocolat has become one of my go-to brands.
People’s day to day stressors are numerous and varied, and mine is underwear that fits neither my body nor my mood. For a woman, underwear has very tangible psychological effects. So I go up to the fourth floor and arrive at WACOAL MAISON, which invites me in through its sensual entrance.
I’ve come to select some classy lingerie, I’m about to say, but the first thing that catches my eye is Wacoal’s proprietary 3D body scanner, where you stand face to face with your own body. It measures you, in all 360 degrees, with digital 3D technology, and is provided free through the store’s 3D Smart & Try service. You change into paper undergarments, step into a spacious booth that looks like a photo booth, and hold onto a bar for five seconds. There I am on the screen in 3D outline, the likes of which I’ve never seen before. This is reality. And any time you take your eyes off reality, you can’t solve a thing.
After exposing myself completely to AI, I return to the human world. A member of staff explains some of the tendencies in my proportions using a tablet representing my body in tomographic images (showing thicknesses and widths). Based on the detailed measurement data from 18 points on my body, I’m shown the optimal underwear for me right at this moment.
A lot of people, I’m told, relying on their own judgment, select a smaller bra size than the one they should select. The options presented to me based on my measurements, my lifestyle, and my tastes include gorgeous pieces I would never choose on my own. I’m a little embarrassed. “It may seem a bit too much for you personally, but when you put it on, you’ll often find that your skin looks especially pretty or that it looks unexpectedly really good on you.” I peruse the store. My eyes alight on a photo collection by Richard Avedon and the delicate lace above. It looks like something out of a fairytale, with layers of lace woven in gold thread. From some far off, forgotten place, my femininity comes calling. Yep, the power of lingerie is a thing to behold!
After the measurements and a consultation, I’m presented with a detailed data sheet showing the actual numbers representing my body. These records are retained, like an electronic medical record, so that I can have the perfect lingerie for me selected the next time I visit without having to get measured again. The clear plastic file I’m given is skillfully designed with a floral pattern to conceal my numbers. Every detail is considered in this space that frees in me the eternal feminine.
I should add that there’s a men’s department here, too, designed to look like a library. If you drop in with your partner, each of you can have a relaxing time.
On a chocolate and lace high now, I’m drawn to Maison DECORTÉ on the first belowground floor, the flagship of Cosme DECORTÉ, a cosmetics brand for everyday use.
Since I’m involved with a beauty magazine, I know well this brand’s power and its hospitality. Cutting-edge technology, emerging from many years of research only possible for a topflight brand, is constantly delivered to customers in a way that allows continuous, straightforward use. At first glance, this may seem contradictory—cutting-edge for the everyday—a mission difficult to achieve. The brand’s so popular with customers because the product lineup is so ideally suited to ongoing use. The products feel so good to put on, and the aromas are nice, too. (I personally use a series of DECORTÉ cosmetics for these reasons.) Ongoing use makes the benefits easier to achieve. Here, as a luxury, you can get a facial treatment with the brand’s top-of-the-line AQ Meliority products (from 22,000 yen for 60 minutes).
You first have a consultation in a space designed by Italian designer Marcel Wanders. Blemishes, wrinkles, sags, and bags! The issues begin to crowd each other aside as you age. “Give me the works!” I say, ordering indiscriminately. In return I get a smile and a Leave it to us.
The three treatment rooms each feature a different concept. The spaces, aromas, and music are all configured to maximize the effects of the treatment. Today I’m shown to Calm, a room that brings to mind the calm surface of a still body of water. The low lighting, the temperature, the undulating light. Away from it all, I’m enclosed in a shelter where no one can reach me.
After massaging and carefully cleansing my skin in a steamer, I receive keratin care with a beauty device with natural diamond built in, which sucks and absorbs. The keratin and other build-up form a gray circle and are sucked away. This level of keratin care is impossible on your own; it’s certainly needed, I think. Next is hand care. What surprises me is the warmth of the masseuse hands as my face is being treated. I feel like I’m immersed in a hot spring up to my face; my circulation improves right away. Doing daily skin care with your own hands is important, but the luxury of having it done by someone else is divine.
Today I went with the 90-minute treatment (33,000 yen; 24,750 yen if it’s your first time). After the treatment, I didn’t put on foundation. My skin reflects light properly; the color and glow have returned—I wanted to go out just as I am. It’s that kind of treatment. My skin still feels this alive. I straighten my spine and the corners of my mouth rise. I now have skin that I can approve of. I believe once again in the possibility of my skin. This, surprisingly, renews my energy. Beauty’s the best, I realize again. I’ve gone around and about, and now my brain returns to work.
But it’s OK, I think. I’m worn down, then I escape a bit, then I’m worn down again. This Möbius loop of days, actually, is something I would miss.
Text: Tomoko Endo Photos: Michika Mochizuki Edit: Yuka Okada（81）