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Back in America!  Slacking on posting the final things I bought in Japan…first there was jet lag and now it’s job hunt.  Also, any routine I have goes absolutely to hell if I don’t have a job.  Got these done the day before I left Japan at the Omotesando Speed Nail.  They had waaaaaay more designs than the Kyoto shop and I suspect all the Tokyo salons do.  Freaking Kyoto….anyway, after much flopping between which design I was going to get, I got this glitter french with color change and metallic gold dots.  Hey, it’s probably going to be my last nail job in awhile.

Last nail appointment at Speed Nail Kyoto!  Will be getting my final nail job done in Tokyo before I leave.  Since I will hopefully be interviewing for jobs at home, this is really the last set I could go kinda nuts on.  I originally wanted a gingham pattern, but as it wasn’t on the menu at the salon (good luck getting anything done off menu in Japan), I went with this instead.  I like the teal color, it has a cool feel to it and makes my hands look tanner.

The tenure of the last nail design was short.  Scheduled the appointment a week earlier than usual so that I could get one more nail salon visit in during my time in Japan.  I officially bought a ticket home today, which is both exciting and utterly terrifying.  And it showed as I could not figure out what I wanted this time.  Eventually I decided on this, but after a long time of asking the nailist for advice and other random mutterings.

Knowing that these nails were going to be what I wore to the L’arc~en~Ciel concert, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the usual or something more rock-ish.  But I went with the usual b/c I was too busy to think about nails in the week leading up to my appointment.  Summer theme!

I know it’s not May yet, but I had to get them done before China (!!).  Red and white.  The nailist said they reminded her of Minnie Mouse, which was not what I was going for, but whatever.  I like them all the same.

I think I’ve officially gone off the deep end with nails.  I liked the green March nails, but that lime green isn’t really my taste.  I was actually looking for more of the traditional St Patrick’s green, but that was the only green they had.  So I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted next and actually came up with a concept, which is sakura blossoms resting on a clear pond.  Although when I took this picture, I also realized it could be sakura against a blue sky.  At the end of this month, I’m going to China, so I wonder what I’ll do for that…

Kind of late for this, but the last week in Japan has me thinking about things other than this blog.  Green nails for March!

Didn’t go all Valentine-y with February nails, but still pink.  Subtle.  Expect big things next month though.

Happy New Year!  Finally settled back into Japan.  Traveling back here was a bitch; it was 25 straight hours of hell.  Then went to Kyushu last weekend, to unwind (heyo onsens).  Anyway, new January nails via Speed Nail Kyoto.  They turned out a bit shorter and a bit more Barbie than I wanted, but oh well.  Sadly, you can’t request a nailist.

Subtlety prevailed for December nails.  A nude color with sparkles and snowflake decals on two fingers.  My nailist this time was really cool.  Aside from nails we chatted about nyc, jay-z and japanese….she’s also def. not afraid to tell you her opinion, which is nice in a country where people are usually reserved in that way.  If you’re going to go to Speed Nail Kyoto, I’d def. recommend Kuroda-san.  And I got a VIP card, which gets me 5% off my purchases and and extra 5% if I book my next appointment on the spot ^_^

Ashley

Grew up in philly, used to live in nyc, spent a year in japan. I like shopping. Gotta figure out what to do with this blog now...

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