06 January, 2014

Mainstream Pads

First off, I admit to poking fun at this subject. If you can't laugh with me, please do not subscribe to The Onion.
Menstrual pads have hit the mainstream shopping experience in Japan. My friend lives in Kyoto but there are other locations (franchise opportunity!) around Japan.

"Of course that shop has a website.  I found it tonight.  It's all in Japanese though." Janine was too amazed! to go back and snap a photo, but she coughed up the web site.
"Here is the main page:  http://www.remedy-garden.co.jp/
The first shop is the Kyoto headquarters:  http://www.remedy-garden.co.jp/pc/kyoto2.html"

 {I wonder if you get a discount on the sun-faded pads in the window?}

"There are lots of photos of the inside of the shop if you click on that link.

"The other two shops are in trendy Tokyo areas and the note in fancy green letters on the left says a new shop is opening in Aoyama on Jan. 18.  Aoyama is one of the more expensive areas of Tokyo.  Click on all the shops to see more pictures.  The shop on the far right, Jiyugaoka, has a good closeup of pads hanging in the show window and some lacy ones in the shop.

{Discretely hanging in the window}

{I don't know that I would go with white. They do tend to look grotty after a while.
Japanese Yen is around 1350 yen to 13 dollars or about a hundred yen to a dollar.}

"Here is the online shop:  http://www.remedygarden-online.com/
Look up above the windows to spot your size. {pun}

A Liberty print one will set you back 2200 yen, about $22.  http://www.remedygarden-online.com/products/detail.php?product_id=679"

{I tried to borrow the liberty print version of a menstrual pad but due to some computer issues (mine),  you'll have to settle on clicking through on the link. }

more liberty

{ Custom Enamel pail for soaking them - storing them.

{Buying menstrual pads looks to be a very pleasant shopping experience in Japan.}


  1. I'm glad these are becoming mainstream. Japanese are particularly eco conscious and are trying to reduce the amount of trash they throw out. Disposable things are seen as particularly bad for the environment so it's certainly time for such a simple solution. Why did we ever get away from these things? If we could live closer to the land like our pioneer ancestors, wouldn't life be a bit nicer? (Though it was 30 degrees this morning and I appreciated a house with no chinks in the walls letting in drafts and snow.)

  2. It was because of a rash that I started sewing these. So odd, because, I was raised so frugal that I wash my ziploc bags out and re-use them (but I draw the line at washing foil- although it is much thinner than it used to be). -- I didn't do this for any frugal reasons or to protect the earth (half-can of garbage every 30 days going to the landfill for last 25 years).
    Making your own pads turned up a variety of reasons on the internet.
    I'm actually a fan of mainstream because they'll lose that slight mother earth - hippie chick status.


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