Getting Ready for Tokyo Nail Expo 2014

Yes, it’s getting to be that time of year again- when nail artists and nail product supplier from all over the world come to Tokyo to show off what’s new and wonderful! If you’re a nailaholic in Tokyo, it’s a great chance to stock up on hard-to-find brands in Japan like Zoya. Tickets for the general public run around 3000 yen and you cannot have a hint of claustrophobia to make it through the scrum of bargain hunters, though. Recommended for addicts only- you have to buy a good deal of polish to offset the 3000 yen admission cost.

I’m jetting off tomorrow for Japan- looking forward to some crispy cool weather, authentic Japanese food, and just soaking up that crazy atmosphere that can only be found in Tokyo. As always, I’ll be doing some detailed coverage of the Nail Art Award painting contest, where artist compete by sending in original painted nail tips. They are judged by skill, composition, theme and originality. Last year, the art was stunning, as always, but most of it had absolutely zero relevance to the theme. Instead, they just relied on that boring old standby: florals on everything. We’ll see what this year has to bring.

I’ll always have love for Japanese nail art- after all, that’s where I got my start in nails and still remains one of my primary inspirations. I love it best when the insane creativity is out in full force. On the technical side, the Japanese nailists can paint lines, sculpt 3D features and make the best looking gel nails in the business, but it’s when they let their weirdness out that things get really amazing. Technical skill is critical, but so is creativity. When they come together, crazy things happen!

With that in mind, here’s some wacky stuff that could only come out of Japan. I was originally going to call this post “Crap the Japanese Decorate,” but that didn’t really show the affection I have for Japanese creativity and love of blinging anything that won’t run away. 😉

First up: Lighters. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend several hours worth sculpting acrylic onto to a 75 cent lighter? I’m really afraid she’s going to melt off her nails in the picture below. At least there are lots of strawberries and flowers to ease the pain.

Lighter 1

And who doesn’t need a lighter with tons of pastry products stuck on it? If you’re not into gluten, there’s a totally deco’d out Christmas lighter on offer as well.

Lighter 2

If smoking’s not your thing, how about a blinged out USB memory stick with nails to match?  The dog memory stick is mere 20,000 yen (around $200, it’s yours!) I’d personally go with the nautical version below at 15,000 yen because I think it’s got a bit more pizazz.

USB Memory Stick

For a more adorable option, here’s a cat with lots of bows and a random engagement ring. But if you really need maximum deco goodness and feel like blowing around $600, there’s a teddy bear in an adorable prop plane with tons of glitter. I don’t even really have words to describe this one.

USB Custom Memory Stick 1

So there’s some wild and wacky Japanese decorations for today! We’ll see what the Nail Festa has to offer. Over and out for now until the show starts on the 16th.


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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