Tokyo Mini Canvases

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The Nail Spell #4: Tokyo Mini Canvases
My article for Cheeze Magazine No. 135
Nails designed by Kana-san of Nail Salon AVARICE | Layout, written and illustrated by me

Here’s the translation of this article:

When you think about the best places for prettiest nail designs, it’s almost impossible to miss out Japan. I’ve always dreamed about getting my nails done there if I ever have time during my visits (to envy my friends as a cure to the post holiday blues after). You want a customized deco, or hand painted masterpiece, all you have to do is tell your favorite Japanese Nailist while closing your eyes and take a nap. Let them sort it all out for you, in their very super professional ways.

Walking around Tokyo I feel like you can find yourself a nail salon just anywhere. I walked around Shibuya and found 5 in every blocks. But then again, finding the right one for you could be hard too! Everyone have different style, and picking a nail salon is like picking a shop to buy your clothes. I totally understand when you don’t like the result of your Gel nails, and it’s a burden to remove them just like that. Sometimes you just have to tell them everything in detailed on what you want, but if that Nailist is an artist then you have no problems at all! So before choosing where to do my nails in Tokyo, I decided to do some research. I stumbled upon Nail Salon Avarice where their concept is NAIL x ART, totally answered the question!

The person who did my nails is Kana-san, she’s very experienced (been doing nails for 6 years) and friendly! And I’m telling you if these aren’t my nails and I haven’t seen it with my own eyes, I’d have thought they’re stickers (or have you thought so too all this time?) she painted my nails in such exquisite details and in her very own style like she knew what’s on my mind, as if she’s painting on 10 tiny canvases. It was my happy two hours with such beautiful decoration on nails and in the salon as well (Kenya-san have great taste in interior decoration!) Yes, you could ditch the two hours shopping completely in Harajuku and spend them here instead! :-)

Speaking of Tokyo, I’ve been blogging a little lesser than before lately cause I was quite busy preparing to move there at the end of this month! Hopefully after everything’s sorted out I’d be able to blog more about my time I will be spending in Japan as well. Can’t wait!