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Online Takarakuji (Lottery)

The service to purchase Takarakuji online started on 24 October 2018.

The Takarakuji counter is opened from 9 am to 5:40 pm on weekdays only at designated kiosks and Mizuho Bank; therefore, it was difficult for me to purchase Takarakuji.

Today, I can purchase Takarakuji online via official website or apps for 24/7 throughout a year.

I can not select lucky number ticket but if I don’t buy it, I cannot win.

I bought three sets (1 set for 10 tickets) of Summer Jumbo (1st prize JPY 500 million or USD 5 million) and two sets of Summer Mini (JPY 10 million or USD 0.1 million).

The winner number was announced on 21 August 2020 and I regret to know that I didn’t win.

I only won complementary prize which is one ticket worth of value for each set.

I spent a total of JPY 15,000 (USD 150) and won only JPY 1,500 (USD 15). Boo hoo

One of benefits of online purchasing is saving me from going to the counter to cash it.

If I win – hopefully, one day – the system will automatically remit the amount in the registered bank account when the amount is greater than JPY 10,000 (USD 100) or I can request for remittance.

In addition, I can get points from each purchasing amount and I can use the points to purchase Takarakuji tickets.

I plan to buy Halloween Jumbo (winning prize for JPY 300 million or USD 3 million) and Halloween Mini (winning prize for JPY 10 million or USD 0.1 million) which are scheduled to be sold on 23 September 2020.

Hopefully I can hit a jackpot one day.

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Local Instant Noodle: Maneki no Ekisoba (Maneki’s Station Soba Noodle), Himeji – City, Hyogo

Nissin is known as a major player of instant noodle maker and its product, Nissin Cup Noodle, is globally loved.

This Nissin produces locally famous and sold instant noodles.

These two are good examples, Maneki no Ekisoba: Kitsune (Fried Tofu) and Tempura (Tempura Waste – Deep Fried Tempura Batter).

Since after the WWII (year 1949), the noodle shop, Manekino innovated and started serving a noodle dish at the Himeji Station that people can enjoy quickly and deliciously by using Chinese style noodle – ramen and Japanese traditional dashi soup.

As same as other instant noodles, take out soup powder and toppings.

Open and put those back in the bowl.

Add water and wait for four minutes for this.

Tempura
Kitaune

Next time, I should try the actual Maneki no Ekisoba at the Himeji Station.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Food, Friends, Health, Japan Technology, Shopping

Shiseido

My friend recommended me the followings and decided to start for health and beauty.

From Left

N.O.U Brown Rice Black Vinegar for Health (Energy with Rich of Amino Acid and Citric Acid)

N.O.U Sellsizer for Health (Slimming)

Benefique White Bloom for Beauty (Whitening)

I shall see for outcome in a month with these one month supply.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Friends, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

No More Free Plastic Shopping Bags

Japan imposed retailers to charge plastic shopping bags to save environment by reducing producing microplastics and CO2 emission on 1 July 2020.

The retails charge a plastic bag (and some for paper bags) from range of JPY 2 – JPY 20 (ISD 0.02 – USD 0.19).

Therefore, this became a memorable last free plastic shopping bag at Precce, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

However, some retailers such as Meidi-Ya continues to provide free shopping bags that is categorized as biomass shopping bags.

There are three types of biomass shopping bags and they are:

First, the bag is made by more than 25 percent of biodegradable material. The Meidai-Ya provides this type.

Biomass Plastics Logo by Japan BioPlastics Association
Biomass Mark by Japan Organics Recycling Association

Second, the thickness is more than 0.05 mm that allows to reuse it and it requires to state state that it is recommended to reuse the bag on the bag itself.

Third, fully (100 percent) marine biodegradable shopping bags.

We are now encouraged to use Eco Bags.

Today, I carry my favorite Eco Bag that my friend gave me years ago, could be a decade…?

I do have a collection of large and durable shopping bags that I bought in the US and given by friends as souvenirs from overseas.

I use them when I visit to COSTCO but now it would be handy when I go to any supermarkets.

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New Normal: Virus Shut Out

I was wondering what people on the street are wearing.

It’s smaller than a Corporate ID card.

Only few people wearing it among looks like a group of colleagues so it’s surely not an ID card.

Soon I found out from my friend who is wearing it and giving me this: Virus Shut Out produces by Toa Industry Co Ltd (Tokyo).

It contains sodium chlorite to kill virus for 30 days.

It comes with a neck strap so that we can immediately start wearing it.

Now this also became a part of fashions like masks.

My friend is wearing it with Kumamon character design.

I didn’t know there are choices.

Thank you my friend for considering my health.

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Food, Health, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Shopping, Tokyo, Work

New Normal: Walk to Office

According to the media, on 1 June 2020 (the first Monday after government lifted the State of Emergency), the number of commuters has increased.

To avoid taking subways because I won’t have enough social distancing there, I started to walk to office.

During the State of Emergency, I was required to go to the office twice in a week so I could manage it; however, from 1 June 2020, I’m required to go to the office every weekdays.

As reported in previous blog, it takes 1 hour or 4 km to reach office.

It’s getting warm outside, reaching to 30C with strong sunlight.

Walking with a mask makes me feel hot which leads me to sweat.

Today, I tie my hair.

And carry a drink (amino) in small bottle.

My mask gets wet with my sweat by the time I reach to the office so I keep some (backup) at the office.

In addition, I reinforced footwear.

I have already introduced Asics Walking before.

I started wearing this brand when I hurt my knee because cushions are soft.

I bought other colors and styles that I don’t have yet.

I also bought Tokyo Olympics designed sneaker for memory.

These will surely assist my walking to the office.

Choco checked its quality and approved. hahaha

I’m more ready for next week.

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Stay Home: Self Beauty Care (Nail)

The series of nail stamp is available at 100 yen shop, Can Do.

Of course, the price for each stamp plates and stamps are JPY 100 (USD 1).

There are many attractive designs and I have been collecting stamp plates without any guilt.

I wanted to try it for long; however, I thought it could be difficult and hesitated to try.

Now it’s good time to try it.

First I apply base nail colour.

CHANEL Joyau

I remove a film from stamp plate.

Place a stamp and scraper

Select the design and apply nail colour that I want to stamp on the nail.

Use scraper to remove extra nail polish from the stamp plate.

Press the stamp on the stamp plate to transfer the design on the stamp.

Press the stamp on the nail to transfer the design on the nail.

CHANEL Pure White

To my surprise, it’s much easier to enjoy designing nails.

I will continue to enjoy designing my nails for seasonal events. Yeah.

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Stay Home: Self Beauty Care (Facial)

I cannot make an appointment for my spa yet; therefore, I have to proceed with self beauty care at home.

I tried out this enzyme facial mask developed by Hollywood Cosmetics Co Ltd which I believe spa usually apply to me during my facial treatment.

I need to mix powder and cream before applying to my skin.

The sample packaging is quite unique; there is a divider and I push bottom part (Cream) to upper packaging (powder) to mix it.

I was amazed by the packaging because I already know it’s effectiveness on my skin. hahaha

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Stay Home: Self Beauty Care (Scalp Care)

I introduced Plosiom Shampoo (middle) and Conditioner (left) before.

I could buy this series only at selected beauty salons.

Today, MTG, a Japanese beauty care maker, opened a retail store in Ginza on 8 November 2019 named Beauty Connection Ginza.

Now I could buy these freely at the Ginza shop.

When I visited the store, I found other products under the series.

This (right) caught my eyes; this is Cracking Serum for scalp care.

Well, this shampoo is shampoo; simultaneously, this shampoo is carbonated form, therefore, the form massage the scalp while washing my hair as I introduced before.

This scalp cracking serum is used after drying my hair.

Shake and hold the bottle vertically, then spray and hold the serum with palm.

I can feel cool crack stimulating my scalp.

FEEL FUNNY AND GOOD!

Yes, I will add this scalp cracking serum in my beauty care collection!

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Protecting from Flu

I’m not feeling well for nearly a month now.

I start using these to comfort and protect me from flu.

I have sensitive skins so I don’t like to wear a mask.

However, it prevents me from virus and I really need to avoid virus because I’ve been continuously catching it.

First I was diagnosed virus flu followed by virus gastroenteritis.

I’ve been buying masks from various manufacturers.

To my surprise, it doesn’t hurt my ear nor damaging my skin.; the mask has improved I guess.

Some masks are designed face to look smaller.

Looking at my condition, wearing mask will become my daily routine.

I bought a box of mask which has three layers of filter to block house dust, pollen and PM 2.5.

These are in individual pack which allows me to carry one extra in case I need to change it.

I also bought Ryukakusan.

Ryukakusan is name of product as well as company name.

Nowadays I buy their herbal medicated cough drops.

My friend recommended me their original powdered herbal medicines for throat.

According to her, she takes it whenever she feels any irritation at the throat.

I tried it for the first time and I agree it works directly and more effectively.

I have never shown interest in this traditional product which has been aiding throat for 200 years.

I didn’t even know the drugstore sells this traditional medicated powder. hahaha

I bought the smallest size (20 g) for trial and also to carry it if effective.

It so cute that it contains a small spoon.

And my spa beautician made and gave me lavender body milk lotion.

According to her, lavender has sanitation effect.

So sweet of her to add lavender essence to body lotion.

Yes, when I felt worse, I should have massage my body to increase blood flow to fight back virus.

And lastly, I bought this Egyptian mint essential oil when I visited Egypt last year knowing my throat is weak.

I should burn Egyptian mint oil with Egyptian aroma burner to comfort my throat.

I should practice all these to get better or even not to get sick!