July 18, 2016

Panasonic Beauty & Health Study Trip @ Japan

It was indeed a once in a lifetime experience to join this beauty and health study trip to Japan. My blogger friends and I were arranged to visit Panasonic center. The center is a Panasonic showroom where vistors can interact with the latest products and technologies featuring "Eco & Smart" solution. The most fascinating thing I experienced during the tour was The Future Home Panasonic has created to show how technology could affect our home lives in 2020. The model streamlining the technology in the most family-centered rooms in the house like living room, kitchen and even bedroom. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take any picture during the experience. Perhaps you can image a kitchen that can help you to prepare your dinner, or a bedroom that create your daily look and makeup.  

Apart from the usual Panasonic beauty products that we often see in Malaysia, Japan have this Panasonic Beauty Premium series which all the beauty products are specially designed in black colour. I really wish they would have these in Malaysia. 

After the tour, we were then headed to a restaurant near our hotel to end our first night.

The next day we were all excited to experience a pampering session at Panasonic Cluxta @ Ikebukuro. It is often referred as a rental power room where users can rent the space and Panasonic beauty machines/products, and even their cosmetics for about 300 - 1000 yen per visit. Available in Tokyo and Osaka, Cluxta has recently launched their new store in Shanghai dedicated to making stylish women truly shine in these bustling cities.  

Once again I had my skin pampered with their latest nanoe facial steamer and facial cleansing brush. (You can read more about it here). We get to try the other two brushes which has yet to launch in Malaysia. The smaller brushes accommodate different cleaning purpose. After the deep cleansing, we were also able get our make-up and hair done using their products. I personally find Panasonic Cluxta to be super convenient for working women who have limited time to get themselves ready either going out after work or getting minor touch up during working hours.

Last study center that we visited was at Hikone where the Pansonic factory is located. We were here to learn more about Panasonic historical information. There are so many first invention displayed in the mini museum where I got to see the first massage chair, the first hair dryer, the Panasonic Beauty TV advertisement and just to name a few.
The Panasonic Beauty team also conducted a class for us where they shared the technology of nanoe specifically highlight on the hairdryer as well as the men shaver.

Once again, thank you Panasonic Beauty Malaysia for having us. We hope for a lifetime digital partnership with you guys. Panasonic Beauty, always a smarter choice.

June 30, 2016

Tokyo's Eats and Drinks

It's my second time vising Japan, and this time was during summer season with my sponsor Panasonic Beauty Malaysia. I will share about the learning on my next post, but let's read on the food and drinks I explored this round.
The first stop we went was the famous Sensō-ji temple and Nakamesi @ Asakusa where visitors can pray and enjoy a variety of traditional local snacks at the same time shop for some souvenirs. I would recommend you to get the macha ice-cream and green tea which is super refreshing during summer.

Did I mention it was summer but I have no idea why Tokyo weather wasn't been good during our stay. It was pouring all day long, but I am lucky to have friends who love exploring as well.

While walking around Omotosando area, we stumbled upon the famous US's lobster roll fast-food chain store, Luke's Lobster. We were lucky that we did not have to queue up for 30 mins to try this. The lobsters are very fresh with a taste of sweetness, yet I don't really like the combination that the lobster itself was served cold and the bread is warm. Same goes to the shrimp roll. 

We also managed to visit Café Kitsuné @ Omotesando. The Kitsuné brand has fingers in several pies - fashion, music, and even coffee. I love the interior decor which incorporates Japan touches like custom-made tatami and fusama sliding doors. 

While most of us have tried the traditional Tonkotsu (heavy pork broth based ramen), I was recommended by a friend to try Afuri @ Ebisu. I highly recommend their Yuzu Shoyu Ramen. The yuzu is light and refreshing while not having too much oiliness as compared to the pork broth. Besides the regular variants, I also tried their tsukemen, which I think their Chashu could be done better.

Never end the night without good drinks. With a staggering 200 bars and eateries crammed into a maze of six narrow streets, Shinjuku's Golden Gai district is one of the more rewarding drinking destinations in central Tokyo. If you are feeling adventurous. Most of the bars here are relatively small, hence some only welcome regular customers. But if you see a price list or anything in English, then you are safe and it was amazing how quickly the language barrier disappears after a glass or two. Despite of the uniqueness establishment of each bars, drinking here might be quite expensive as most of them have a cover charge.
We also visited a hidden bar, Martha @ Ebisu. One of the hipster music bars that offer cool old-school tunes and excellent cocktails and Japanese whisky. However, they do not allow us to take photos. We also realized they do not like us to come in big group as speaking from experience they are either not welcome visitors that do not speak their language or they are worried they would not be able to provide us the best service. 

Till next post x