Happy New Year, you gorgeous beautiful glow getters! This is my first post of 2020, and it’s a good one…
As the new decade begins, we all often feel the need to make positive changes for the year ahead. The pressure to make radical and dramatic changes can sometimes outweigh the benefits of making small but substantial alterations to the way we live our life. I’ve been enjoying the new alternative to Dry January and Veganuary, inspired by my love of Japan!
Japan has always been special to me, and so I’ve been following the new craze that is ‘Japanuary’, which is encouraging people to implement a little bit of the Japanese way of life to their daily routines.
In essence, Japanuary is a calendar of recipes, activities and mindfulness which has been inspired by the people and culture of the beautiful country of Japan. I am so excited that the Japanuary calendar will open up this beautiful culture to everybody who wants to take part. I am constantly inspired by people of Japan and the way in which they enjoy life through amazing food, beautiful natural wonders and spiritual practice, so this calendar is perfect for me.
The timing couldn’t be better too, as Japan embarks on what is set to be a monumental year for the nation, with continued huge sporting events and occasions. It was recently named the number one wish-list destination by travellers, so clearly Japan is the place to be. I’ve been back year on year since first visiting when I was 17. It’s been in my heart ever since.
The Japanuary calendar is supported by a number of Japanese business, including some of my favourite hotels, restaurants and beauty spots. Activities spanning the month of January include making authentic Japanese rice dishes, taking time out to enjoy nature in the forest and facemask pamper evenings with your friends. Taking time out for yourself and reflection is so important and can make a real difference during these dark winter months.
You can download the calendar here –
The Small Print
This campaign is supported and endorsed by the following Japanese businesses:
Tokyu Hotels Group
Tokyu Hotels was founded in January 2001 as a hotel management company by Tokyu Group, one of Japan’s corporate leaders, to expand its primary transportation enterprise. Tokyu Hotels has established a vast nationwide network of optimal access, with 46 urban sites comprising over 12,400 guestrooms.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu continues to play a leading role in the growth of Japan’s hotel industry. With its long history it remains a beloved hotel for many VIPs from all over the world, including international musical greats, film and popstars The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, representing 739 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences and unique hotel groups across 85 countries.
Karuizawa Tourism Association
The Karuizawa Tourism Association is responsible the beautiful town of Karuizawa, an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of the active volcano Mount Asama in Nagano Prefecture. Located at an altitude of roughly 1000 meters, and just 50 minutes away from Tokyo on the bullet train, the town provides a pleasant escape from the summer heat.
Described as a creative lifestyle department store, customers visiting Tokyu Hands will be immersed in the colourful Japanese culture of design, functionality and craftsmanship. With 56 stores across Japan and Singapore, Tokyu Hands is associated with a variety of distinctive products, such as high-quality and high functional living ware, convenient travel goods and tools for DIY.
Boncoura clothing is currently distributed to 40 shops and department stores across Japan, with the Osaka purpose built ‘Boncoura Salon’ open during weekends for fashion lovers. Boncoura prides itself on the quality and design of their clothing, with a particular focus on denim items and jeans. The company was founded by Hisashi Morishima in 2011, with a passion for vintage fashion.
O3 Inn Tokyo & EMC
Described a ‘fusion hostel’, the O3 Inn Tokyo (hostel) and EMC (Emishi Restaurant) offers guests the opportunity to spend the night in sleep pods separated by beautifully crafted walls. Surrounding the sleeping area, the corridors are decorated with exquisite Japanese artwork and pottery, lining the walkways of the recently renovated building.