MITSUYOSHI: JAPANESE COSTUME MAKEUP, WHERE TO BUY NOH BUTOH THEATRICAL COSMETICS. JAPAN PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTISTS.
Japan’s traditional theater — butoh, noh — is all about dramatic, ghostly makeup. Where, o where, can you buy dramatic cosmetics in Tokyo? At Mitsuyoshi, a little shop of horrors in Shinjuku Subnade (the shop-lined pathway below Shinjuku Station East).
In addition to selling specialty cosmetics, Mitsuyoshi offers professional makeup lessons. You can learn how to create intricate geisha, samurai, and leopard looks.
The signature palettes come in all colors of the rainbow. Mitsuyoshi’s makeup brushes are some of the best in the business.
The long, colorful fake lashes… they make my heart go doki-doki!
The products can be a little pricey, so it’s good to invest in a point card. In Japan, most major stores have these “reward” cards that let you rack up points for discounts. Naomi has accumulated a thick stack. (Wonder what the Super Potato is for?)
The Shinjuku Subnade has many fashion boutiques, including Goth-Punk streetwear brand Algonquins.
Cute and colorful, as always.
I’ve always liked Algonquin’s flat boots and decorated bags.
Halloween is the best time to be in Tokyo. I was there in 2008, 2010, and probably 2011 for another Pirate mission… the wheels are in motion, my friends!
Bonus: the Subnade has a store that sells… sugary-sweet clothing for dogs.
Speaking of Japanese horror makeup… Kuroneko, an eerie ghost film from 1968, is playing at the Vancouver Cinematheque from Feb 3-6. The film opens with a gang of samurai forcing themselves into a rural hut and the two women that live there. Fast closeups on the women’s face; long shot of the samurai stepping back into the grove as smoke exits the hut. The stark and chilling imagery — influenced by Noh lighting and dance — continues as the demons seek out their revenge. See the chilling Kuroneko on the big screen or buy the DVD.
Have you ever seen Noh, Bunraku or Butoh plays? Isn’t Japanese theatrical makeup astounding?
Japanese Word of the Day: Cosme = Cosmetics, beauty products
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