I'm now comfortably
seated on the Shinkansen (bullet train), speeding through the beautiful
Japanese countryside on my way to Hiroshima to do the kids' shows.
Unfortunately, I had to rise before the rosy-fingered dawn and stumble
about in the gloom in order to catch this VERY early train. Consequently,
I'm not looking my best; puffy, puffy face!!!
If I'd had the time,
I would have reclined in the beanbag for fifteen minutes with cold,
used tea bags on my swollen peepers. Yes, you read that correctly;
OLD, COLD TEA BAGS! Great for reducing swelling, and apparently because
of the tannins, they also help with other eye "problems".
I like using them just because it feels good! (HUNDREDS of sites on
the Internet regarding chemical-free, natural beauty tips.) Being
a tea fanatic, we always have piles of old tea bags lying about. They
can also be chucked onto the compost pile after, but composting is
an issue I'll address at a future date...
My absolute FAVOURITE
natural beauty product, and one that is strictly Japanese, is a face
pack made out of "Uguisu no fun". "Uguisu" is
Japanese for bush warbler or nightingale, and "fun" (pronounced
"foon") is a polite way of saying "poo"!
You read that correctly; a face pack of bush warbler droppings, nightingale
nuggets, bird turds! It's a centuries old treatment used by Japanese
beauties to whiten, tighten and tone the skin of the face. Very popular
with the Geisha and Maiko (Geishas in training). It's also very expensive
because the uguisu is a tiny bird, with tiny turds so I imagine it's
quite difficult to amass a large amount of the stuff, let alone find
it! Perhaps they have nightingale farms... Hmmmm.... I should check
Anyway, people who
use it swear by it, but I don't think other bird droppings, like cockatoo
ca-ca, crane crap, duck dump, parrot poo, stork stools or pheasant
feces, can be substituted. Stick to the warbler wads! VOILA!
Mt. Fuji is coming
up soon on the right, and no matter how many times I see it, it never
ceases to take my breath away, so I've got to get my camera ready.