Tokyo Nail Expo 2012- Day 1

It was a lovely fall day for Day 1 of the Tokyo Nail Expo and the Tokyo Big Site exposition hall was jam-packed full, with nail competitions, vendors, shoppers and lots of demonstrations. I got there around 9:30AM, the hall opened at 10, and there was still a line that wrapped around most the building. Nails are serious business in Japan!

Here’s some photos of the event and some of the cool items on offer:

Whoa! Some sort of mysterious rhinestone gun with negative pressure that sucked up rhinestones so they could be easily applied to anything. At their booth, there was a bling rubbery ducky, blinged out bottle caps, rings and some mysterious items I can’t quite figure out:

For those bathtimes when an ordinary rubber ducky just won’t cut it.

What on earth is this? It looks like the love child of Mickey Mouse and a basketball, covered in rhinestones. It was huge, too- must have taken about a gazillion dollars worth of rhinestones.

As with pretty much any Japanese event, Hello Kitty featured prominently. They never get sick of her. Probably because she’s the quiet type, having no mouth and all.

TiNS nail polish, a sort of cult brand that can be hard to find outside of Japan, but they have some fantastic duochromes if you’re into those.

“”Sweets nails” are a long-standing favorite. I see a lot of vague Alice-in-Wonderland type nails like the set in the middle as well.  Either that or a lot of Japanese nailists are really into poker.

Lots of amazing rhinestone cell phone cases for the newer Iphones. These types of cases run around $300-400USD but seemed to be selling pretty well.

Lots of demonstrations with the nailist on a video screen so a crowd can see the product in action. There were at least a dozen different gel companies, mostly smaller Japanese brands.

The Calgel booth had a giant inflatable jar of Calgel floating overhead. For some reason, that just cracked me up. It made a pretty good meeting point in the insanely crowded expo hall, though.

These amazed me, they were painted with gel. Being able to paint with this much precision is a rare talent. They must have some kind of iron hands not to get wicked hand cramps from this much detail work.

I’ll be talking more in upcoming posts about new nail trends and my haul, and of course I’ll be showing the crazy Nail Art Tip Awards. The theme this year was “Tokyo Character(s).” There were over 160 entries, so there’s a lot to cover.

I hope you guys enjoyed a little peek at the Tokyo Nail Expo, check back for updates soon!


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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3 Responses to Tokyo Nail Expo 2012- Day 1

  1. Cheryl says:

    Looks like so much fun! You had me cracking up at your comments!

  2. Chiro says:

    For the final pic with monochrome art, that’s the art by Cal gel “Meister” Misuzu Taga, right? I’m very sure it’s not drawn by gel but black Indian ink (墨汁)…she was saying that on her website. The base of nail is gel, though, she prefer to use acrylic paints and such an ink for her super-delicate flat arts 🙂
    Anyway, I’m pretty jealous that you could be there!!

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      You got it, that was Taga-san’s work, though it said on the display that the nails were all made with Calgel. I thought that meant that they were 100% Calgel but maybe it means that all nails have some Calgel on them. I guess they must be made with India ink and acrylic, I can’t see how that is possible with gel since the lines are so fine. Thanks for the interesting information!

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