Unique nail designs demonstrating exquisite Japanese tastes and art!
(Top photo: La Couronne)
Mihori Kinoshita is the director of the Yumi Kinoshita Make-up & Nail Atelier, president of the La Couronne nail salon, and Japan’s premier nail artist. In addition to activities with the media, she holds collaborations such as “MIHORI with Rika-chan” and pioneers “cute culture” for women.
Japanese nail art, blending sophisticated artistry and cuteness!
We talk with Mihori Kinoshita, a nail artist expert in everything from beauty history to the latest in global affairs. We ask Ms. Kinoshita what the characteristics of Japanese nails are.
“Nail salons began to permeate throughout Japan in the late 1980s. Nail polish was invented in 1932, and nail salons didn’t begin booming in America until the 1970s, so it certainly wasn’t off to a quick start. However, Japanese craftsmanship and manual dexterity quickly brought nail art to unsurpassed levels. As we entered the new millennium, Japan’s “cute culture” is drawing worldwide attention and creating further awareness.
Features of Japanese nails include a full array of detailed nail care, and the use of mostly soft gel. Japanese nails often use designs with big bijoux and finely-wrought artwork.”
Try some decorative and sophisticated nail artwork yourself on your next visit to Japan!
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Japanese nail art is world-renowned. So, what’s in-style right now? We introduce the latest art from La Couronne, a nail salon headed by Ms. Kinoshita. La Couronne also features a complete selection of nail services. If you’re interested in high quality Japanese nail care, be sure to stop by.
La Couronne Ginza
7F Matsuzakaya Ginza-ten Honkan, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (inside Este World Ginza) Tel: 03-3571-8639 Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10:30 - 22:00, Sundays/holidays 10:30 - 20:00 *Reservations required, closed in accordance with Este World Ginza holidays. Check online for details.
La Couronne Shinjuku
6F Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Main Building, 1-1-3 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-5323-4339 Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10:00 - 20:30, Sundays/holidays 10:00 - 20:00 *Reservations required, closed in accordance with Odakyu Department Store holidays. Check online for details.
*Prices for both stores for Calgel coloring: 60mins JPY 10,500 (clear base + 1 color), others.
Disco gel nail salon - in vogue amongst Tokyo’s fashionistas!
Now our correspondent will talk about a nail salon she discovered in Tokyo.
For those who want Tokyo style nails that really pop, you should check out the hugely popular Disco salon for their unique nails. They’re noted most for their fancy, artistic designs! We talk to nail artist Nagisa Kaneko for more information.
“Our goal is to create nails that bring out a person’s individuality, just like you would do with clothing. Our design sources come from American movies of the 1960s and 70s, shows featuring top clothing brands, and so on. We even get customer requests, such as asking us to draw their favorite cartoon character. We have a lot of beauticians, stylists, apparel insiders, and other customers with their fingers on the pulse of the hottest trends. We have some foreign customers as well. It makes me so happy to hear them say, ‘They don’t have salons that do this level of intricate artwork where I’m from!’”
Stop by if you want sophisticated nails that set you apart from the crowd!
Disco’s nail designs
Disco uses soft gels only, with the amount of time determining the price. While starting at 60mins (JPY 9,450), the most popular times are between 90mins (JPY 13,600) and 120mins (JPY 15,750). Many people just say, “Surprise me!”
3F 1-14-9 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tel:03-3464-7831 Hours: Mon. - Sat. 11:00 - 21:00, Sundays 11:00 - 20:00 *Reservations required
The favorite designs of celebrities, right at your fingertips! The Nail Shop, a nail tip specialty salon
We recommend The Nail Shop, nail tip specialists, for those who want something a little simpler than gel nails. They have a permanent stock of some 50 kinds of nail tips. The nail tips are designed by Aya Fukuda, who is well-known as Lady Gaga’s nail artist.
Ms. Fukuda says that “Balance is important in fashion. I think about the entire ensemble when I design.” Her designs are cool as well as stylish. While currently active in New York, she says that a common theme of fashionable people worldwide is attention to their nail tips. “Asians are especially good at intricate work though.” Their nails feature big bijoux and chains too to show off the sophisticated art and designs made possible by nail tips.
Another big appeal of nail tips is that they can be changed daily to match your mood or your fashion, just like accessories. Give a nail tip with a favorite design of celebrities worldwide a try!
The Nail Shop’s nail designs
The Nail Shop
15-2 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 0120-466-522 Hours: 11:00 - 20:00 Closed: Wednesdays
*Products, prices, and services at the stores above are subject to change.