Nose piercing in Japan

Posted on 01st, July, 2016

I got my nose pierced here in Japan in January of this year. Japan has limited options when it comes to tattoos and non-ear piercings. I at least knew that “beauty” clinics did nose piercings, so that’s what I went with. :fa23 I found a place in Umeda after searching around the internet and made a reservation.

When I got to the clinic, I was moved to a little room to sign papers and to choose a stud. They only had 4, and 1 was a nose-screw. I wanted the nose-screw because I wasn’t going to risk it accidentally coming out. After I wiped off the makeup from the right side of my nose they gave me a marker to mark where I wanted the piercing. Onto the next room, which looked like it was for surgeries. To my surprise, a doctor and about 4 nurses were waiting for me…

They made me lie on my back, put a thin cloth over my eyes and gave me 2 injections, over and under. Before I knew it, they pierced my nose with a piercing needle but couldn’t get the actual stud in. The doctor commented that my nose was “thicker” than he was expecting. Yay. :fa16 The second attempt didn’t work out either. I was getting a little worried and the numbing effect was slightly subsiding, but I never experienced real pain. They switched out the piercing for a longer one and the third attempt worked. At this point I was drinking my own blood…you know, lying on my pack on the third attempt and all. :fa21

I stood up after the 5 minute process and the nurses started to explain how to care of the piercing. They told me that because of the local anesthetic, my nose was swollen and that would make the piercing sink. They said to keep pushing the piercing out if it started to sink. I got some drops to help with healing and to ward off infections. The total cost was 12000 yen / $120.

Regardless, I felt really good about the piercing and the general look. :h4 I always knew that my nose was lonely! My nose was pretty red for a couple days, but never was painful or sore. I think I was expecting it to hurt, maybe it just depends on the person.

I had a lot of issues with sinking and the very last thing I wanted to do was to take the piercing out because of it.

Mirrored image, it’s actually on the right. In this pic it is completely flat.

I would wake up every day with the piercing sunken in, push it out, then occasionally push it out throughout the rest of the day. I tried sea salt soaks, tried keeping it pushed out with cotton, but I’d always wake up with it sunken in. Maybe it sunk because the hole was bigger than usual since they had to go in 3 times…that’s what I feel really happened.

Mirrored image, it’s actually on the right. This time it’s sticking out halfway.

After about a month, I started trying to push it out so that quite a bit of the stem of the piercing was visible. The sinking issue seemed to have been improving, but the stud would never really stay all the way out. Eventually I noticed that it was resting up at an angle. With that being said, I think I also over cleaned it and that irritated it until a small purpleish color appeared around the stud one day. I immediately knew it would turn into the dreaded bump.

It occasionally got worse than this :fa6

The bump was fully formed a couple days later. :fa10 I tried everything to make it go away – washing it twice a day, sea salt soaks, tea tree oil, aspirin paste, and witch hazel. The bump would get slightly smaller and then get bigger. It never went away completely. About a month later I was really mad at it for some reason and took to it with some tweezers… :fa22 That’s not really something I would recommend, btw… Well, it healed up and was smaller, but it was still there. It also got so big that it was bigger and more noticeable than my stud. I did a lot of searching online but saw no pictures like my own.

Eventually, I just decided to leave it alone. Totally avoided touching it, washed my face once a day and didn’t touch it, and I would use some witch hazel on my face after. For some reason the bump started to shrink and it completely disappeared. I still can’t believe how it just kind of vanished. Now my nose piercing is sticking out exactly how it should be.

I don’t regret getting it done, even though the healing process was such a giant pain. :pt1


Who could say no to roses?

Posted on 15th, May, 2016

Summer is almost here, but spring is where it’s at! :fa3 :thaha I’ve been busy with life, work, rolling around my room, paying taxes, and now playing Dark Souls 3. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what to post on this blog, but today I think this is quite appropriate. :cat2 The park I’ll be referring to is Utsubo park located in Honmachi, a business district in Osaka.

It currently hosts variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Simply stunning. :h4

I’ve been eating lunch outside lately since it’s been getting warmer and warmer. Utsubo Park in Honmachi Osaka seems to have rose events every year around this time. :misc2 Walking into this park is simply breathtaking for me as I’ve never really seen so many different types of roses in one place before.

Utubo Rose Garden…? When typing Japanese, “tu” will give you “つ” (tsu)…
but reading it like this just looks weird! The s is necessary, you guys. :fa6

Forgive my lack of camera skills.

My attitude and energy shoots up through the roof when in this park! I just wish the roses could stay forever. Even when they are gone, the park is just so pristine and relaxing, it’s a nice getaway from the office. Gotta get out and about before the summer heat ruins everything.

Some two-tone roses. I’m pretty sure there were more.

And a few more roses!

I also changed my hair! I pretty much only where protective styles these days because my hair is still too short for my liking. I usually wear wigs or braid up my hair like in the picture below. Hopefully I can start doing something with my natural hair. It has gotten pretty long, but you wouldn’t be able to tell because of the shrinkage!

Yeah, that’s all. The next blog post should be before the end of this month, haha. I already have the pictures ready for it. Gotta keep updating, gotta keep updating… But Dark Souls 3 is too good. I squeezed Dark Souls into this post 3 times, admittedly the last two instances were lazy. :fa18

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Hanami 2016 ❤in Osaka❤

Posted on 12th, April, 2016

We had a picnic in Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park.

I was worried that I’d miss cherry blossom viewing season this year. I missed it last year as I was in America just when the flowers started to bloom. Work life makes it very hard because that means only about two weekends are available to get your hanami on. I went to my job’s hanami event on Friday at night and it was fun, but not the same as during the day. This past Sunday was pushing it because the cherry blossoms had begun to fall days before and were rained on heavily :fa10

Me and Yana having a laugh :thaha

I didn’t know most of the people who came since this was a Facebook group event. It was nice meeting everyone and talking about our similarities and differences. We also all enjoyed some Fetty Wap, haha :cat3 It was through these events that my friend created Interpretive Trap Dance, a new style of dance born in Osaka y’all.

Admiring my creepy lenses XCK-105

So getting back to why Sunday was pushing it – luckily there were still plenty of flowers left! And the tree that we decided to sit next to was full of them :h4 We even had some kids come up with their mom asking to play. At first we were weary since it seemed as if the mom was looking for some kind of free English lesson… Though she did say they needed to build up their English abilities, she didn’t push them too much and we had a lot of fun playing soccer :cat2

It was a cloudy and slightly chilly day.

I’m trying to find the time to edit the videos that I took this past Sunday. Once that’s all good and done, I’ll post it in here :fa23 Should be in a few days.